- Maeve McDermott (@maeve_mcdermott) April 21, 2017
Blake Lively attended Variety's Power of Women Luncheon in NYC on Friday, where she was being honored alongside other women like Jessica Chastain and Audra McDonald for their contributions to worthy causes. While hitting the red carpet in an emerald jumpsuit, Blake made her way down the line of eager reporters hungry for a soundbite. Unfortunately for one of them, they got way more than they bargained for when they asked her what her "go-to power outfit" is. "Come on you want to talk about an outfit today? Come on what about building women up? Outfits? Would you ask a man that?" Blake responded, according to USA Today digital editor Maeve McDermott, who caught the last bit of their exchange on video. The reporter attempted to explain her question, but Blake cut-in. "I know, but you wouldn't ask a man what a power outfit was. I'm sorry, but this is the moment that we become more aware, and that we change, and that we build women up. So, you can ask me another question."
She was then asked about how she plans on raising her young daughters to be strong women, which she was more than happy to answer. "Just teaching them simple things like breaking old habits. Where they're telling someone what to do and instead of saying, 'oh she's so bossy,' say, 'wow she's a great leader,'" the 29-year-old said. "There's a great Sheryl Sandberg quote. She said 'I want little girls who are told they're bossy to instead be said they have great leadership skills.' Just be more conscious of breaking habits that are diminishing."
It's worth noting that The Shallows actress is known for her style prowess, so it makes sense that a reporter would ask her something related to fashion. Still, her complaint is a valid one, and the sentiment is shared by countless other female celebrities in Hollywood. The incredible #AskHerMore campaign has gained steam over the last few years, which "inspires people to call out sexist reporting and suggest ways to re-focus on women's achievements." Of all the places to ask an actress about something other than what she's wearing, an event honoring her for her work with the Child Rescue Coalition seems like a no-brainer.