Reese lends her face to designer Tory Burch’s’ #EmbraceAmbition project, which launched today to celebrate International Women’s Day and encourages women to ‘own their power’. Reese in featured in the PSA – watch below – and on the project website, along with many other female celebrities. Tory Burch will be selling #EmbraceAmbition bracelets and t-shirts, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which “empowers women entrepreneurs in the United States” – shop here (US only).
Today, to challenge the cultural stigmas associated with women and ambition, the Tory Burch Foundation launched the global initiative, #EmbraceAmbition. This nonprofit campaign will encourage women and girls to voice their ambition and to own their power.
In 2004, a reporter asked me if I was “ambitious”. His question made me very uncomfortable. After the interview, a friend of mine called and said, “I really liked the article but you shied away from the word ambition.” She was right. I realized that I had bought into the stereotype that women shouldn’t admit to being ambitious – that it felt, in a way, unattractive.
Unfortunately, more than thirteen years later not a lot has changed. Even though I have learned to embrace my ambition and pursue my dreams, the cultural stigma around being an “ambitious woman” still exists. It is apparent daily, in very public and private ways; from the wealth of studies revealing that ambitious women are frequently penalized for their goals to some of our Foundation’s entrepreneurs sharing that they, “Google how to appear less ambitious.” In most cases, it’s an unconscious bias that women themselves internalize.
We all can play a part in ensuring ambition is no longer a harmful stereotype in six ways:
Talk about your ambitions – do not be afraid to own and voice them.
Be mindful of your own attitudes. Ask yourself, did I just react negatively to a woman for demonstrating her ambition?
Remember that ambition is incredibly personal. Determine what success means to you. It might be to run your own company or it might be to raise your children with integrity. (In my case, it’s both.) Whatever someone’s ambitions are, it’s not our place to judge them.
Support other women. As a friend, relative, or colleague help those around you make their ambitions a reality. When we support each other, we all do better.
Engage men in the discussion. Their involvement will help reduce the cultural biases their co-workers, partners, daughters, mothers, sisters, and friends face.
Join the movement and take the pledge to #EmbraceAmbition and own your power, your drive and your dreams.
Reese is on the cover of the new issue of People magazine, in a feature about her festive plans. The magazine features festive photos taken to promote Draper James, and in the interview Reese talks about what she plans to give her kids for Christmas, her holiday traditions, and New Years Resolutions. Find scans from the magazine in our Gallery – and be sure to pick up a copy yourself! Merry Christmas, Reese fans!
Reese Witherspoon on What She’s Giving Her Kids for Christmas (and What She Really Wants!)
Reese Witherspoon‘s got a list, and she’s checking it twice!
The star, 40, is gearing up for the holidays by making sure all her family’s favorite things are under the Christmas tree, especially for her three children: daughter Ava, 17, son Deacon, 13 (from her first marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe), as well as son Tennessee, 4 (with her husband of five years, agent Jim Toth).
“My kids already have fond memories of our Christmas traditions,” says Witherspoon, wearing the Winter Deer Skirt ($195) from her clothing line Draper James in the photo below. “They’re definitely not grown up. They still love presents.”
So what’s she getting for them? For Ava, she’s turning to her teenage daughter to guide her. “She wants blue jeans and a cool coat,” she says. “I told her to tell me exactly what to buy. I don’t want to guess!”
Yesterday Reese attended the Baby2Baby Snow Day in Los Angeles. The event was sponsored by Tiny Prints, and kids in need were provided with a backpack of winter essentials and gifts for them and their families. Reese wore a Draper James dress, and posed with other celebrities including Jessica Chapshaw, Kelly Sawyer, and Santa 🎅
Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey Join Star-Studded Family Fun Day to Support a Good Cause
Reese Witherspoon showed off her impressive multitasking skills on Sunday during a special screening of Sing, which raised $100,000 for charity and allowed the actress to have a fun day out with her family.
The actress, 40, brought along her two sons, Deacon, 13, and Tennessee, 4, and husband, Jim Toth, to the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, where she and her Sing costar Matthew McConaughey spent an hour chatting with fans.
The special screening, hosted by Hint Water, helped raise money for Witherspoon and McConaughey’s respective foundations — Girls Inc. and Just Keep Livin’ Foundation. After the meet-and-greet with fans, Just Keep Livin’ Foundation executive director Shannon Mabrey Rotenberg introduced the two Oscar winners, who spoke about their organizations.
“I have gone to different schools in Nashville and Dallas,” Witherspoon said of her work with Girls Inc. “I’ve seen the profound impact it is having on these girls’ lives and teaching them about financial education and social media and life skills. It is giving them incredible confidence.”
Also in attendance were Robert Downey Jr. and Jennifer Garner, who brought her three kids to see the movie. In it, McConaughey portrays a koala named Buster Moon, who is desperate to keep his family-owned theater running; Withersoon, meanwhile, stars as a busy mom and pig named Rosita who spends her days caring for her litter of 25 piglet children — all while hiding her secret dream of being a singer.
Reese was honoured at the Girls Inc LA Luncheon last week, for her work inspiring girls and opening up new opportunities for them – congratulations, Reese! She attended the event in a Draper James dress, with shoes by Prada and jewellery by her friend Jennifer Meyer. Browse through photos of Reese at the event in our Gallery:
For over 20 years our Girls Inc. Los Angeles Celebration Luncheon has acknowledged the achievements of many remarkable trailblazers.Through their extraordinary work and example, our Luncheon Honorees are inspiring girls to become the next generation of women leaders. Each Honoree is introduced by a Girls Inc. National Scholar, who will share her story of how, because of Girls Inc., she has overcome obstacles and is blazing her own path to success. Please join us on November 16th to celebrate extraordinary women and girls, and the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
Reese Witherspoon on Daughter Ava Growing Up Before Her Eyes
“Extra” special correspondent and O magazine’s creative director Adam Glassman recently caught up with Reese Witherspoon in Dallas, where she promoted her lifestyle brand Draper James and dished on her look-alike daughter Ava.
Reese is known for her chic style, and it looks like her teenage daughter is taking after her! Reese shared, “She’s really enjoying fashion. It’s great to see her becoming a beautiful young woman.” Reese even pretended to cry at the thought of her little girl growing up and joked, “It’s so sad.”
Ava made her red carpet debut at a Chanel dinner in September. On what advice she gave the 17-year-old, Reese dished, “Just be confident and feel good about yourself.”
Reese is also sharing that same advice to women everywhere, with her brand. “Every woman should feel comfortable and confidence because when you look good, you feel good. Don’t get stressed, just put on a cute dress and a pair of sandals and you’re done.”
Speaking up dressing up, the Nashville native credits her upbringing with her love of fashion. She said, “Southern women like to look dressed. I grew up in a a place where you were supposed to dress up to go on an airplane.” She went on, “I like getting dressed up, I think it’s fun and I want to make that easy for women.”
As for what inspired her to create Draper James, Reese commented, “I grew up in the middle of the country so when I think of dressing, I think about all the people in between New York and L.A. and what we wear to sporting events or church or a dinner party.”
Witherspoon is also giving back with her line. “It’s important for me to give back to the communities that support us. We found Girls Inc. and they do these incredible after-school programs.”
For more on Reese inspired styles, visit DraperJames.com!
Reese Witherspoon Is Excited for the ‘Cruel Intentions’ TV Show: ‘I’ll Be Watching!’
Daddy’s little angel, a paradigm of chastity and virtue, is ready for some naughty TV.
Reese Witherspoon, who iconically played Annette Hargrove in the classic 1999 film, Cruel Intentions, stepped out at Stand Up To Cancer’s Standing Room Only event in New York on Saturday and told ET she’s looking forward to seeing the racy drama’s television spin-off.
“I’m excited!” Witherspoon exclaimed. “Sarah’s a good friend of mine, and our kids are in preschool together, so I’m really excited. It’s a lot of the original people involved, so yeah, I’ll be watching.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar will once again portray Kathryn Merteuil in the NBC revival, which is set 15 years after the events of the film. The show focuses on Bash Casey (American Crime’s Taylor John Smith), the son of Kathryn’s stepbrother, Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe in the movie), and Annette, as he enters the world of sex, power and corruption.
Perhaps Witherspoon will get so excited that she’ll agree to a cameo in the show?
Witherspoon also opened up about what the event — which honored SU2C co-founder Katie Couric with donors American Airlines, Merck and MasterCard — means to her, and how her husband, Jim Toth, continues to inspire her to give back.
“Obviously cancer affects so many people in my life and in everyone’s lives. I mean, literally, I don’t know a person whose life hasn’t been affected by this devastating disease,” she said. “My husband lost his father seven years ago to lung cancer, and it has been a mission of his to raise as much money as possible for cancer research.”
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