Gabrielle Union got pretty candid about the feelings that come with being a 42-year-old woman that has yet to start a family.
The Being Mary Jane actress is married to 33-year-old NBA pro Dwyane Wade, and while the two, who just celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary, have never looked happier, Union admits that her decision not to have kids yet hasn’t been so well received.
“So far, it has not happened for us. A lot of my friends deal with this. There’s a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger,” she told Redbook magazine. “The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you’re wearing a scarlet letter.”
On the other side of that argument, Union says that women with children can be discriminated against in the workplace. “As much as there are strides being made — you get pregnant, your career takes a hit,” she said. “You can’t have a bad day. Don’t you dare cry at work. Don’t raise your voice. Especially if you’re a black woman in corporate America — now you’re ‘the angry black woman.'”
SOURCE: Jackie Willis