Sarah Jessica Parker knows she’s got it good. The 50-year-old Sex and the City actress is reportedly worth a whopping $90 million. But when it comes to priorities and values, Sarah Jessica Parker just might surprise you.
When asked in Cosmo‘s August issue what issues were important to her, Sarah Jessica Parker quickly replied, “Equality in pay. Paid sick leave. The thing that would change people’s lives maybe more than anything, assuming that we maintain access to health care, is child care.”
So what do you guys think about Haitian and Nigerian workers getting guaranteed paid sick days but not Americans? http://t.co/biNO1pyR
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) August 24, 2012
Her answer is not just a canned response by a celebrity to show she knows how the little people live. She has specifics, and the perspective to know that things like child care matter.
“If I could guarantee every mother who is working two, three jobs that she had good child care that didn’t make her anxious all day—people would probably work in more efficient ways. How many times do you hear a wealthy person get asked, ‘How do you do it all?’ If I’m asked that question one more time . . . I’m like, are you kidding me? Ask someone who looks like she’s about to drop, ‘How are you doing? How are you managing?'”
My paychecks have been pretty good since I started working 40+ hrs a week. Too bad I spend it all on gas, baby clothes, diapers, & daycare.
— Elizabeth Splinter (@97_ElizabethAnn) July 3, 2015
“I’m enormously appreciative of the work that my mother’s generation did,” Parker says. “We are the beneficiaries of a lot of disappointment, heartache, discouragement, and misunderstanding.”
But Sarah Jessica Parker adds to the struggles of those women the struggles of others trying to gain an equal footing in society. She sees these struggles as a fight for human equality, not just women.
“I see a lot of people trying to sort out their roles,” Parker says. “People of color, gays, lesbians, and transgenders who are carving out this space. I’m not spitting in the face or being lazy about what still needs to be done—but I don’t think it’s just women anymore.”
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 3, 2015