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Can women have a career and raise a family? According to Gabrielle Union, the answer is “not really.” The actress just revealed in an interview with Redbook that her professional life is the reason she has not had kids.

Union, who is married to NBA star Dwyane Wade, says her decision hasn’t been well received, and that’s typically the case for others in her shoes. “There’s a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger,” she told the magazine. “The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you’re wearing a scarlet letter.”

The actress, who is already a stepmother to her husband’s three children, goes on to discuss how being pregnant is viewed negatively in many workplaces. “As much as there are strides being made — you get pregnant, your career takes a hit,” she said. “You can’t have a bad day. Don’t you dare cry at work. Don’t raise your voice. Especially if you’re a black woman in corporate America — now you’re ‘the angry black woman.'”

But there are certainly Black women who have had successful careers while raising a family. Michelle Obama, Jade Pinkett Smith and Halle Berry come to mind.

Still, what’s your take on Union’s comments? Can you be a mother and have a successful career? And have you witnessed or encountered any negative experiences in the workplace when it comes to pregnancy?

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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