"The penance for being a career woman is barrenness"

The star of hit TV series "Being Mary Jane" was featured on the magazine's October 2015 “Ageless” issue, where she opened up on being married to a younger man, placing her career over motherhood and being a stepmother to her husband's kids

The star of hit TV series "Being Mary Jane" was featured on the magazine's October 2015 “Ageless” issue, where she opened up on being married to a younger man, placing her career over motherhood and being a stepmother to her husband's kids

Being a career woman comes with its up and downs, it is filled with compromises and sacrifices. This is what 42 year old Hollywood actress, Gabrielle Union explained in an interview with Redbook Magazine.

Union, three weeks ago, celebrated her first year wedding anniversary to 33-yr-old basketball player, Dwayne Johnson.

The star of hit TV series "Being Mary Jane" was featured on the magazine's October 2015 “Ageless” issue, where she opened up on being married to a younger man, placing her career over motherhood and being a stepmother to her husband's kids.

She also said that the penance for being a career woman is childlessness.

Here is an excerpt from her interview:

The odd thing about being married to a younger man... "I realized his friends, his teammates, were conceived when I was, like, a senior in high school. I was in high school at the same time as their parents! Sometimes he'll be like, 'Oh, my God, he's so old!' about someone who's 35. But, Dwyane's an old 33, and I'm a young 42, so it balances out," Gabrielle says.

The difficulty of working mothers..."The reality is that women are discriminated against in the workplace for being mothers. As much as there are strides being made – you get pregnant, your career takes a hit. 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,'" Gabrielle says.

On trying artificial fertilization and pressures of trying for a family in the future... "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. The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you're wearing a scarlet letter, " Gabrielle says.

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