Blake Lively is Toronto as part of L’Oreal Women Of Worth event which honours extraordinary women who selflessly volunteer their time to help their communities and strives to elevate women who find beauty in giving back.
Lively sat down with ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey to discuss the importance of marking International Women’s Day on Wednesday.
“I feel like right now, especially in the United States, we’re so acutely aware of how far behind we actually are,” Lively says of women’s rights. “I think every day should be Women’s Day, every day is Women’s Day, it’s just about us owning it.”
“To be able to support the women who are spending each day lifting up other people and working to improve their communities and the lives of other for no reason other than the fact that they feel a calling to it,” she continues. “What’s more valuable than that?”
The 29-year-old actress isn’t just for empowering females on International Women’s Day. She’s long been a supporter of women’s rights, recently attending the Women’s March.
“I think it’s important to look at the big picture and say, ‘Wow, people are coming together and standing for what they believe in,'” she says. “And whatever you believe in, stand for it. I think it’s a beautiful thing to see people standing for what they believe in and fighting for their rights.”
Lively describes her experience at the Women’s March as a powerful and passionate demonstration of not just women coming together, but men and children. “Seeing men, women, children, seeing women who had marched decades before, little girls…It was really neat to see people come together and say ‘I’m worth it'”.