Olivia Wilde Is Urging Women to Have Each Other's Backs
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, women across Hollywood and beyond have banded together to illuminate the issues affecting them in the workplace and society.
At Chanel and Tribeca’s Through Her Lens luncheon this week, InStyle spoke to Olivia Wilde and Elizabeth Olsen about the recent movement and what women can do to stand by each other in these trying times.
“I think sometimes, as women in male-dominated industries, we have a sense of being tough about it and doing it on our own and not asking for help,” Wilde told us. “There’s nothing weak about needing advice and reaching out and asking for help from the sisterhood surrounding you, and perhaps now more than ever, we’re feeling, in our female community, how necessary it is for us to have each other’s backs.”
“We’re all here to listen to each other,” she continued. “It breaks my heart to think of people living in shame about something that was in no way their fault. Sexual harassment exists in every industry, and women can really help each other by listening, being there to support, being there to protect one another, and removing all judgment. If people didn’t feel that shame, it wouldn’t hurt so much.”
Wilde delved deeper into the issue, drawing attention to what she sees as the true cause of unrest amongst womankind: “53 percent of white women voted for Trump in this country—that’s a really big f—ing problem,” she stated. “It was a huge alarm bell for me. Everything I want to do now is directed towards that problem. How do we change the dynamic of the competitiveness between women? How do we take away the sort of suspicious attitudes that we’re raised to have towards each other? I don’t know where it comes from. I see women who are very young and support each other—who 10, 12, 13 years old … Something happens after adolescence that changes that dynamic and it’s a huge f—ing problem.”
Elizabeth Olsen shared a similar sentiment about recent events. “It’s about women everywhere,” she explained. “It’s incredible for women to share their stories on this platform and have the support they’ve received, and hopefully it inspires women to know that it’s OK to talk about. And hopefully it ripples down to other workplaces and other parts of this world.”
Amen, sisters. Here’s hoping this is the start of the revolution.