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Hollywood’s most influential women, including Kate Winslet, Amy Schumer, Salma Hayek and Nikki Reed, gathered in Beverly Hills Monday to celebrate their achievements – and to discuss continued gender inequality – at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Zoë Saldana also took part in the event and talked frankly about the challenges women in their industry continue to face.

“It’s hard because when a man speaks up he’s a genius, and when a woman speaks up she’s a b—-,” Saldana told reporters on the red carpet. “She’s difficult, she’s a diva.”

But fortunately, the 37-year-old actress says addressing that double-standard becomes easier with age.

“You go through your twenties trying to find yourself and you find yourself more preoccupied with wanting to please than wanting to stand up for yourself,” she explains. “Thank God your thirties come and you kind of go, ‘I want to break free.’ And you kind of let go and you start giving a lot of people the finger. And then, you’re happy.”

Winslet, 40, also shared her thoughts on what traits make up a positive female role model.

“Someone who can be true to themselves, honest about who they are,” she said. “Someone who feels confident within themselves. I think beauty really does come from within and confidence plays a huge part in that.”

Fortunately, she knows just the woman in Hollywood who embodies those traits: Emma Thompson!

“Emma Thompson is a very dear friend of mine and has always been a wonderful source of inspiration to me and a great beacon of strength as well simply because she’s a remarkable person who believes in herself and believes in supporting other women,” Winslet said. “That’s a great wish that we could all be like that.”

Like Winslet, Nina Dobrev also credits strong female friends as inspiration.

“I have the best girlfriends,” she said. “Ones that support me and I support them and I want to see the best for them … That’s the best thing in world.

“We all went to high school, we all felt the bullying and we’ve been in an environment where there isn’t support,” she continued. “It’s refreshing to be now an adult and to find people around me that it’s not like that anymore.”

Schumer, who has emerged as an outspoken feminist in the past year, spoke in even more straightforward terms about women in Hollywood.

When asked what kind of roles she would like to see created for women, she replied: “Human beings. Like, them playing human beings instead of, like, a caricatures from the 1920s.”


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