Gwyneth: Working Mom Comments Taken Out of Context

Paltrow insists she does not think she's got it harder than you
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2014 10:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – Remember when Gwyneth Paltrow enraged working moms everywhere when she appeared to say that her life as a rich and famous actress is so much harder than that of a mom with a regular 9-to-5 job? Well, she's finally addressing it, and she says that's not what she meant at all. "I was asked why I have only worked on one film a year since having children. My answer was this: Film work takes one away from home and requires 12-14 hours a day, making it difficult to be the one to make the kids their lunch, drive them to school, and put them to bed," Paltrow writes on Goop. "So I have found it easier on my family life to make a film the exception, and my 9-5 job the rule."

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She goes on to bemoan the fact that her out-of-context quote incited so much anger. "As the mommy wars rage on, I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women," she writes. "Is it not hard enough to attempt to raise children thoughtfully, while contributing something, or bringing home some (or more) of the bacon? Why do we feel so entitled to opine, often so negatively, on the choices of other women?" (If you need more Gwyneth-related controversy in your life, click to read about how she may have dissed the Met costume gala.)

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