On Monday, Oct. 20, Jennifer Garner was honored by Elle magazine at the “Women in Hollywood” celebration in Beverly Hills.
Although the famed Dallas Buyers Club actress was appreciative of the honor, she also took the opportunity to share her sentiments of double standards and sexism in the film industry, reports Yahoo! News.
During her acceptance speech, she expressed how a Women in Hollywood event personally makes her feel.
“The fact that there even needs to be a Women in Hollywood event is a little bit sad,” the 42-year-old actress said. “I mean, the men in Hollywood event is every day — it’s called Hollywood,” Garner explained.
“Fifty-one percent of the population should not have to have to schedule a special event to celebrate the fact that in an art that tells the story of what it means to be human and alive, we get to play a part.”
She went on to give an example by shedding light on how differently she and her husband, Ben Affleck, are treated. “So for example, my husband and I do kind of the same job, a little bit,” she said.
“Not long ago we both had one of those magical days, we call it a junket, where we both attended these lovely events where people come in every four minutes, they ask the same questions over and over again, you know the drill.”
She also recalled another comparison that obviously irks her. She’s always asked about balancing her career and having a family.
“We got home at night and we compared notes,” she continued. “And I told him every single person who interviewed me, I mean every single one, and this is true of the red carpet here tonight at Elle, asked me, ‘How do you balance work and family?’
However, her husband is reportedly never questioned about the more personal aspects of his life.
“As for work-life balance, he said no one asked him about it that day. As a matter of fact, no one had ever asked him about it. And we do share the same family. Isn’t it time to kinda change that conversation?”
She concluded by asking Elle to focus on progression where women are concerned. “So, while we’re at it, while we’re changing the world Elle, you have some say in this, can we just stop pretending that skinny jeans are flattering?” Garner quipped. “Can we just band together and go for a boot-cut…please?”