The 27-year-old actress, who welcomed daughter James with Ryan Reynolds in December 2014, says that the biggest surprise of motherhood so far has been "just realizing that it is all going to be OK."
"I remember leaving the hospital thinking: 'I have no idea what I am doing. I have a life in my hands and I’m not equipped to do this, because I don’t have the knowledge I need to take care of the most precious, fragile thing in the world,'" Lively told the magazine. "It felt like being a passenger on a plane and being told: 'By the way, now you are going to be piloting the plane.' But then you take her home and you figure it out. Sometimes you don’t figure it out and even that is a whole new experience."
Lively, who also launched lifestyle brand/online store Preserve last year, says that raising a daughter and running her own business has made her more conscious of feminism in both the home and workplace.
"Look at what is happening with Hillary Clinton, it’s something to be very proud of. It’s so uplifting," she told Stylist. "But the fact that we have to be proud of this advancement is a bit upsetting. I think whatever side you stand on, the fact that there’s never been a woman leading this country where there are women leading households and leading companies, is a bit upsetting. What makes people think a man is more equipped to do that than a woman? Nothing."
Preserve is a lifestyle blog and an online store specializing in artisinal clothes and homeware, a female-focused site that Lively feels serves an under-appreciated demographic.
"There are a lot of women in business, but they don’t get enough opportunities," she explains. "If you look at the facts, women spend the most on e-commerce sites, yet less than 30% of the companies that venture capitalists fund are female-driven, even though female-run companies are the most successful. Women connect with other women. So why are we are not looking at the numbers?"
So what’s next for the actress, entrepreneur, and mother? The Ivy League!
"I have a dream to go to Harvard Business School," she says, "and one of these days I will do that… in my spare time!"