Being girly is a superpower!
That’s the message from actress Kristen Bell, who has penned a powerful essay
on gender equality as part of the United State of Women Summit
In the thought-provoking article, the 35-year-old Frozen star questions why being “girly” is often seen as a negative quality and encourages women to embrace such gender-defining qualities.
“There are certain traits that are traditionally associated with being a female,” Bell writes. “We are often called sensitive, emotional and non-confrontational. Hey ladies, guess what? These all go into the ‘pro’ column! Our sensitivity and empathy gives us a comprehensive awareness. They allow us to be generous in both material and spirit, because we can gauge our needs and the needs of others.”
“Being non-confrontational doesn’t mean we are unable to address conflict,” she continues. “It simply means we approach resolution in a different manner. Females often battle discourse with calmness, flexibility and a quiet resolve. This leads to outward thinking and compromise. We are also intuitive, nurturing and have been praised for harboring a ‘female intuition’. Well, my intuition is telling me that if we encourage women to embrace these very things that make us unique, there are truly no boundaries.”
While the Veronica Mars actress emphasizes that she doesn’t see every woman fitting “into a certain box,” with such qualities, she believes each female “brings something to the table that only she can.”
“This ever-long journey toward equality demands that we, as females, actually embrace our inequalities and value them as superpowers,” Bell writes.
This isn’t the first time Bell has candidly penned her thoughts in public posts.