Natalie Portman Advocates for Gender Parity in Forceful Speech: ‘Light A Woman’s Torch’

Natalie Portman did not hold back in her acceptance speech at Variety’s Power of Women event presented by Lifetime, making the case for improving efforts to ensure gender parity across industries.

After shouting out Time’s Up’s new CEO and president, Lisa Borders, the “Vox Lux” actress kicked off a speech centered around seven guidelines that she advised the audience to abide by, ranging from not depicting violence against women in the projects they’re involved in to donating to Time’s Up to hiring three women in positions that they don’t ordinarily occupy.

She namechecked Brett Ratner and his lawyer Marty Singer, who recently dropped a defamation case against Ratner’s accuser, Melanie Kohler, after Kohler received legal defense aid from Time’s Up.

“He saw that she could not be bullied legally just because he has hundreds of millions of dollars and she does not,” she explained.

Portman also talked at length about Harvey Weinstein, lamenting the fact that the Manhattan district attorney dropped one of the cases against him and slamming the way Weinstein’s concerted effort to discredit his victims robbed the industry of a whole generation of women.

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