Reese Witherspoon Reveals She Was “Flummoxed” by Ex Ryan Phillippe's Money Comment at 2002 Oscars

While stressing the importance of feeling proud of one’s financial independence, Reese recalled a moment when now-21-year-old daughter Ava came home from second grade in tears because classmates had told her that her mom is “one of the highest-paid actress in Hollywood,” leading Ava to feel “so embarrassed.” 

Reese shared, “I said, ‘Don’t ever feel ashamed of a woman making money.’ There are women all over this world who don’t have an opportunity or an education or the ability to make money. And the more women who make more money, will give more money away, will take care of their societies, will take care of their communities, will do more with that money. So don’t ever feel bad about your mom making money, and don’t ever feel bad if you make money, and don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed if its more than your partner.”

The actress, who has become a prolific Hollywood producer, concluded by saying that she has “an interesting relationship with the word power, and all I can think of is I just hope in my lifetime, I can help more women make more money. Financial stability is freedom.”

This is not the first time that Reese has spoken out

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