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Selena Gomez And Eva Longoria Are Setting The Record Straight About Women Empowerment

Today, Lean In is proud (and very excited!) to launch Together Women Can, a public awareness campaign about the power of women supporting each other.

We joined forces with AOL's MAKERS to ask nine inspiring women about the other women who supported their careers. Hear from Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Megyn Kelly, Eva Longoria Baston, Sheryl Sandberg, Abby Wambach, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson and Serena Williams on the women who lift them up—because together, women accomplish amazing things.

Now we want to hear from you: who are the women who support you? Celebrate the women who #LeanInTogether with you and visit makers.com/leanin for everyday tips for lifting each other up!

Posted by Lean In on Thursday, June 23, 2016

“Behind every successful woman is another successful woman.”

In Lean In’s debut video, they start with some pretty powerful women. Selena Gomez smiles proudly as she talks about the influential ladies in her life, “The women I work with are everything.” Eva Longoria remembers a time when a girlfriend helped her make it through, “I was outside of my comfort zone but I had her support.” Their message is pretty clear: if we empower each other, we empower ourselves. As Venus Williams puts it in the end, “We are all on the same team.” Yasss, ladies.

Learn how you can #LeanIn here.

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Selena Gomez Is Fighting To Make Sure That Everyone Can Speak Openly And Honestly About Getting Help For Their Mental Health

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Selena Gomez Is Fighting To Make Sure That Everyone Can Speak Openly And Honestly About Getting Help For Their Mental Health

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Selena Marie Gomez (born in Texas in 1992) has been in the public eye for as long as she can remember. She has been a role model for young girls as a singer and an actress and now is involved in more risqué films such as Spring Breakers, a delirious film by indie filmmaker Harmony Korine. Besides having a strong onscreen persona, Gomez has been in relationships with the likes of Justin Bieber, which of course turned the paparazzi attention and cameras to her. Suddenly, when she was barely a teenager her every move was being followed. Her life was sort of predestined to be great when she was named after the great late Selena Quintanilla. However, she has had to deal with divorce (her parents separated when she was five-years-old) and with weak health, as she was diagnosed with lupus, an auto-immune disease, which ultimately forced her to get a kidney transplant. She found strength in her mom. Gomez has said that her mother “was really strong around me. Having me at 16 had to have been a big responsibility. She gave up everything for me, had three jobs, supported me, sacrificed her life for me.” That must provide so much strength for a woman of barely 26 but who has gone through more in her lifetime than many 50-year-olds.

This must not be easy for anyone, even more so for a Latino woman. Gomez knows that she has a microphone and that she can get to other girls and women. “The older I get, the prouder I am to be a woman in the industry. When I was younger and running around all the time on tour, I don’t think I took the time to notice how being a woman in my position is really a gift. I want to make sure I utilize all that power,” the young Latina star told Into the GlossShe has used this position of privilege to raise awareness on mental health issues, including suicide prevention, both as a celebrity and as a producer. She is also a supporter of associations such as Make A Wish (which grants children diagnosed with life-threatening conditions), the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. 

Selena Gomez fights for friendships above anything else: girl power.

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Gomez values friendship and spreads the word. She has such loyal friends that one even donated a kidney when Gomez needed a transplant. She says: “People are put into your life for seasons, for different reasons, and to teach you lessons”: Selena, we couldn’t agree more.

She gets politically enraged when it matters.

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Gomez knows that a lot of mental health issues concerning young women are related to the policing of their sexuality and reproductive rights. She gets political when she feels the need to, particularly with issues concerning the mental health and general wellbeing of young women like herself. 

She asks her fans to be strong, but to also look for help when needed.

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Her advice: “I’ve learned there’s power deep down inside yourself, and you can find it when you don’t give up on yourself and when you ask for help.” This is so real it hurts: even someone like her, who in the eyes of her fans might seem to have it all, needs to be humble and honest in reaching out to others when the world seems bleak. There is always someone who cares if you are OK. 

She stands up for migrants.

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Gomez doesn’t get political often, but when she does she always stands up for the minority communities. She has been a vocal advocate for migrant rights and the rights of women. She even wore a 1973 necklace as one of very few Latina celebs speaking up for abortion rights.

She even takes a stand from DACA recipients and Dreamers.

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She has used her social media accounts, which have followers in the millions, to call her fans to action. She is clearly showing the world that she does care and she is paying attention. 

She delivers a message of self-acceptance, which led her to produce 13 Reasons Why.

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Gomez’s mother, Amanda, had her when she was just 16, and then raised her by herself. She was also the one that gave Gomez the book on which the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why is based. The show was controversial because it spoke about mental health issues and suicide, topics that are fundamental to discuss with young vulnerable populations but that remain a taboo. However, Gomez’s message is optimistic. She has said: “I promise you that each and every one of you is made to be who you are and that’s what’s so attractive and beautiful.” Preach! 

13 Reasons Why put mental health issues at the forefront of public media debate.

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“I get it all day, every day, that I’m not sexy enough, or I’m not cool enough, or if I did this I would be accepted… I promise you that each and every one of you is made to be who you are and that’s what’s so attractive and beautiful. Please don’t forget that, even when it gets hard,” she said in an interview for the Huffington PostAnd this is exactly the message that she conveys in her project. Taking on Jay Asher’s literary world, she and the series creative team were able to show mental health and suicide from all possible angles. 

She takes fame with a grain of salt.

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She has been famous for a big portion of her life, but she knows that todo es pasajero, and that at the end who you are does not depend merely on adulation: “You are not defined by an Instagram photo, by a ‘Like,’ by a comment. That does not define you.”

Body positivity is her mantra.

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“I feel very empowered and confident and comfortable with where I am. And I think it took me a long time to get there because, you know, the past year was so interesting because I’ve never been body-shamed before… I did gain weight, but I don’t care,” she said at On Air with Ryan SeacrestThis is a great, positive message for someone who is followed by millions of young women throughout the world, particularly in a day and age when standards of beauty are twisted and self-love is hard to achieve. 

She is an active advocate of girl power.

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Perhaps following the example of her mother, who basically raised her alone while holding down as many jobs as necessary to make ends meet, Gomez says: “I don’t want to become little or hurt or a victim. I want to be strong for girls…I just want them to know that there is an option of standing up for yourself.” Additionally, she was named a United Nations Ambassador in 2009, and in this role, she has worked particularly in empowering vulnerable children by helping provide clean water, education, and medical services. 

You learn from your mistakes.

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Perhaps most importantly, she knows that many see her as a role model and that this brings a huge deal of responsibility. “I’m human, I’m not perfect. I make mistakes all the time, but I guess my job is to keep those mistakes to myself, which I’m already fine doing and just try to be the best I can be for those kids,” she told E! Online.

READ: “13 Reasons Why” Does Much More Than Glorify Suicide, Selena Gomez Explained

Eva Longoria Is Able To Take Her Son To Set But Not All Women Have That Privilege

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Eva Longoria Is Able To Take Her Son To Set But Not All Women Have That Privilege

We really thought once Eva Longoria had her baby boy that we would perhaps not see her working as much. We don’t say that because the actress, producer, director, and activist has to choose between one or the other, thankfully she has the privilege to do all of those things. However, it’s totally natural for a new mom to take time off from work or perhaps not go back to work altogether. Some women don’t have a choice due to our country’s backward maternity laws, and one-income households.

Longoria, however, shows exactly what it looks like to balance it all thanks to an open working environment that supports moms.

Eva Longoria takes her baby boy everywhere she goes including on the set while breastfeeding.

“This is a pic of me directing while breastfeeding Santi during the filming,” she said on Instagram. “Women multitask every day and I was so lucky to have such an amazing crew and cast that supported both my new motherhood and career goals!”

Longoria, who’s currently directing, producing and starring on ABC’s “Grand Hotel” has been working nonstop since giving birth to  Santiago Enrique Bastón on Dec. 17.

Longoria has been very open about the fact that her show “Grand Hotel” has been able to be accommodating to her and others on the cast and crew with children. Making a work environment be a family-friendly place makes everyone on the set more focused on their work.

“I do think there has to be a normalization within Hollywood to make sure that motherhood is accepted in a wider way,” Longoria said in Parents magazine. “Many times, [after becoming a mom] you no longer get the sexy roles, or you have to take time off until you’re looking a certain way.”

Her co-star and co-worker Roselyn Sanchez has praised Longoria for making the set of “Grand Hotel” a friendly place to bring your kids to work.

“She’s loving and wonderful and demanding, but in a good way,” Sanchez said in an interview with Hola! magazine. “It’s amazing because I’m just comfortable. You know, I got to work and I’m just comfortable. I know I’m respected and appreciated and I’m protected.”

Longoria added, “The baby was with me and it was normalized and it was great and when we shot the pilot, Ross’s baby was three-months-old. To have that culture and normalize the fact that we’re women and we can be mothers, but also pursue our careers, was really, really good.”

Longoria isn’t putting work life on hold, she’s pursuing her dreams and living her best life as a mommy.

“The stakes are higher now that I have a child,” she in Parents magazine. “I need to make sure I’m doing my part to leave the world a better place—for him [Santiago] and for all the children of our future.”

That is mom goals right there!

We are so impressed by Longoria’s determination to keep on working. There have been so many studies about women who wait to have their children later in life due to reasons about partners and work. It’s great to see that Longoria is now in her ideal time with the right husband and the right work opportunities, without having to sacrifice a thing. We only wish more employers would give women the chance to be engaged workers while also not be neglectful of families, especially when there are young children involved.

That is one of the reasons why Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has vowed that all of her employees will not have a great maternity and paternity leave system in place. She’s also a fierce advocate of making sure her office is family friendly, which means women can breastfeed there and not have to be ridiculed or judged for doing so.

There are also more companies that are adhering to new family-friendly practices, which means more people want to go work for them. Some of those include PwC, Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson and IBM.

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