Zosia Mamet Talks Redefining Women’s Success in Glamour June 2014
With a hit show as popular as HBO’s “Girls,” Zosia Mamet has a unique view into today’s cultural trends.
And in her Glamour June 2014 column, the beautiful actress discusses what it means for women to succeed in postmodern times.
Ms. Mamet explains, “Feminism was meant to empower us as women, to build us up for fighting on male-dominated battlefields. It did that, but it did some other things as well. It gave us female role models like Hillary and Oprah and Beyoncé and in the process implied that mogul-hood should be every woman’s goal. We kept the old male ideas of success: power and money. We need new ones!”
Furthermore, she expounds, “I hate that we look at women who choose not to run a country as having given up. I get angry that, when a woman decides to hold off on gunning for a promotion because she wants to have a baby, other women whisper that ‘she’s throwing away her potential.’ That is when we’re not supporting our own. Who are we to put such a limited definition on success?”
As for making a dream into a reality, Zosia notes, “Success isn’t about winning everything; it’s about achieving your dream, be that teaching middle school or flying jets. And no matter what we as individual women want, no matter what our goals, we have to support one another. Because I might actually open a café in Vermont—just a small one, where I make the muffins myself—and I hope you ladies don’t think me any less of a woman for it.”
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