Kerry Washington, alongside fellow actresses Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon and Elizabeth Banks are on the cover of the “Beyond Beautiful” issue of Entertainment Weekly.
As a part of the issue, the magazine’s website featured a round-table discussion with the actresses on sexism, playing men’s roles in film, as well as the gender pay gap.
Kerry spoke on equality, and comparing being black in America to that of being a woman, saying:
“It reminds me of this line that Shonda Rhimes wrote on our show that has really resonated with African-Americans. It’s this idea you have to be twice as good to get half of what they have. It’s something that most black people I talk to, when they heard that line, it completely resonated with how they were raised and the messaged their parents gave them. ‘That’s just the truth.’ I think it’s the same for women. You just know, you have to be twice as good. In a way, until girls don’t have that feeling, we will not have done our jobs. That’s almost the point: to not feel the pressure to be extraordinary.”