Salma Hayek speaks candidly about gender in the workplace: “Men feel entitled to ask for a raise”

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek has spoken out about body image, beauty standards and workplace attitudes in a candid interview.

Opening up to NET-A-PORTER’s digital magazine The EDIT, Hayek discussed why she believes women don’t demand more money at work.

Hayek told the publication that “women work harder than men”, but “don’t feel good enough”:

‘Women work harder than men and are more demanding of themselves, yet they have the sensation they don’t do enough, and therefore they are less daring about asking for a better position or salary.”

“Men do a lot less, they are less demanding on themselves and their standards are lower, yet they feel entitled to ask for a raise or a promotion.”

The 50-year-old actress continued to address feelings of not meeting expectations at work or at home:

“(Women) are a lot more demanding of ourselves than men are.”

“It’s a horrible sensation—we’re not enough at work, we’re not enough for the guy who’s cheating on us, we’re not enough for our children who always want more of us, no matter what we give,” she said.

The From Dusk to Dawn star went onto discuss beauty standards, explaining that she’s proud of her curves:

“I’m not going to lie to you, I would like the curve to go in instead of out in some places, but I love a little curve,” she said of her figure.

“I love the word ‘curvy.’ It’s artistic. A straight line can be boring.”

Finally, Hayek discussed aging, claiming that her failing eyesight was “worse than the menopause”.

“The worst part of the aging process has been my eyes. Not the wrinkles – the eyes themselves.”

“I’m such a visual person and [now] I cannot read without depending on glasses.”

“It has been really, really sad. The eyes, for me, that’s worse than the menopause.”

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