I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Kristen Bell for Refinery29 and had a great time chatting to the talented and hilarious actress about her #CleanPledge partnership with Tide & WWF, what it's like being a mom to two young daughters, what she's learned from therapy, and which animal she'd most want to bring home to cuddle.
One of the most inspiring quotes from her though, was when talking about being assertive early in your career (which I think is so relatable for us millennial gals who are at that stage in life rn).
What advice would you have for your 20-year-old self when it comes to "asking for more" in your career?
"I would say to any young woman, don’t be afraid when you’re negotiating. Know your worth. This is such a layered issue because women don’t get paid as much. And then there’s also statistics that tell us that they don’t get paid as much because they work less hours because they take more time off for their kids, which should never have to be something that you sacrifice. So A) maternity leave has to be upped before any of this wage gap thing is gonna get solved. But I think a lot of the problem starts because there has been data that said that women are not tough negotiators in the beginning of their careers. So pretend you have balls and grab ‘em. And know your worth. And get the salary you think you deserve. Not that balls are always the key, but in this case, balls are the key."