Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, and more stars headed to The Hollywood Reporter’s 26th annual Power 100 Women in Entertainment breakfast Wednesday to celebrate female empowerment, the strides that they’ve made in the industry, and discuss how far they still have to go.
Before they strolled inside Milk Studios to nosh on light bites, sip Fiji water, and enjoy the motivational event, we chatted with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jennifer Morrison, and more, about the advice they live by and would give to women everywhere.
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As you’re prepping your New Year’s resolutions, take a peek at the eight quotes from the event that will stir you, push you, and inspire you heading into 2018.
1. Angelina Jolie
“Every woman has a right not only to independence and security, but to live her life to the full and to express herself to the full, including through art and ideas as well as politics,” Angelina Jolie, who served as the keynote speaker, said as she took the stage.
2. Glenn Close
"Learn how to stick up for yourself," Glenn Close told InStyle, when we asked her about the advice she would give her younger self. "I can't say that I've always done that."
3. Jennifer Lawrence
"Let’s be outspoken, let’s be resilient, let's all be silence breakers," Jennifer Lawrence said. "Let’s make sure the young women who are receiving $1 million in scholarships through the remarkable Women in Entertainment mentorship grow in an industry where outspoken women matter, where outspoken women lead, where all of our voices, ideas and the strength of our artistic community creates change in and out of the cinema. By doing so, we give back and give forward in the ways that matter most.”
4. Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Amandla Stenberg
Mbatha-Raw's sage advice? "Don't overanalyze things, go with your instincts, listen to your gut, and have fun." Meanwhile, Stenberg wanted young women to know that it's OK to "be yourself." The Hunger Games alum added, "You don't have to alter yourself to appease any type of patriarchal expectation of what you should look like. Always be in your strength, always use your voice, and don't let anyone make you quiet."
5. Jennifer Morrison
“I would tell my younger self to be aware of that gap between the genders,” Morrison said. “With all of the things that are coming out in the world right now, I think one of the things that was the most upsetting was how used to it we’d all gotten, and how numb we had all gotten to it. I felt responsible for having become numb to it. That kind of bad behavior was something that we just kind of learned to navigate on a daily basis and forgot, in some way, how inappropriate it was and how important it was to stand up to it, and find a way to change it. I think if I could go back to my younger self, I would tell myself there were a lot of things I didn’t have to tolerate. I would have looked for a more active way to not have to tolerate it.”
6. Sarah Silverman
"We have a responsibility as women to reject this toxic drug in the air that makes us feel like the success of one woman can only come at the failure of another," she said. "Not only is there room for all of us, but by raising each other up emotionally, artistically, in the workplace and all facets of life, we are doing something that 'the man' fears very much. We are becoming a force.”
7. Justin Timberlake
“To the men in this room: I see a lot of great men who I also look up to. I think we actually are here because we deserve the opportunity to speak up, to stand when something is not right," said Timberlake, who presented the mentees in THR’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program with scholarships. "We need to go to work. It’s not our responsibility. It’s our privilege because at the end of the day if you can be lucky enough to be raised by a strong woman and convince a strong woman to marry you, you will realize that we are nothing without the strength of women."