Lena Dunham, star and creator of HBO’s “Girls,” seems awfully confused on the February cover of Vogue. Don’t get me wrong, she looks gorgeous, but something’s definitely puzzling her.
Considering Lena’s all about fighting gender inequality — first, by showing the world that women can be just as funny, if not funnier, than men — we think we might know what’s irking her:
+ Gender Inequality in the Workplace
While Lena makes more money than most guys ever will, we unfortunately can’t say the same for all women. In 2011, female full-time workers made only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men — a gender wage gap of 23 percent. Confusing, right? Luckily, organizations like the American Association of University Women (AAUW) are fighting for equal opportunity to education and employment for women and girls.
+ Girls Who Don’t Feel Beautiful
Fact: I only weigh myself on rusty scales in foreign countries. Otherwise, I go by how my bracelets are fitting.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 12, 2013
Lena doesn’t let the scale control her perceptions of herself, and neither should you! The actress and role model often speaks out about the media’s misconceptions of real beauty, and encourages all women (and men) to love themselves regardless of what they weigh or how they compare to uber skinny supermodels. Similarly, I Am That Girl teaches girls to value themselves for their inner rather than outer beauty, and for qualities like intelligence, originality and Lena’s specialty: humor.
+ Girls Who Are Experiencing Dating Abuse
One in three young people have experienced dating abuse, but many of them don’t even know it. But worry not, Lena, ’cause Love Is Respect is teaching teens to spot and stop dating abuse, which includes physical and verbal abuse as well as someone putting you down or checking your text messages without permission.
+ “Girls” Not Winning a Golden Globe
Her face says it all: WTF?
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