Rose Byrne Educating Sons About Gender Equality Since Young Ages
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The 'Mrs. America' actress has started to teach her children about gender equality and female empowerment since early ages as she talks about raising two young boys.

AceShowbiz - Rose Byrne is teaching her sons about equality and female empowerment.

The actress has sons Rocco, five, and Rafa, three, with her husband Bobby Cannavale, and she's keen to make sure her children are aware of the importance of gender equality - especially when it comes to raising a family.

"For a start, I teach them (about women's rights) by being a working parent," she told Marie Claire Australia magazine. "We're an example of a household that balances both parents going out to work. But I also totally respect mothers who stay home. It's really hard work. Why is (raising a family) not working? What goes on in the home is the most beneficial contribution to children and (society)."

Rose starred as Gloria Steinem in the 2020 series "Mrs. America" and said she thought she knew about feminism before taking on the role, but learned so much about the movement while playing the journalist.

Gloria became nationally recognised as a leader and a spokeswoman for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was involved in the ultimately unsuccessful fight in the 1970s to pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. constitution, which is what "Mrs. America" was based on.

"I thought I knew about feminist history before that," Rose added. "I'd read The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan and The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, so I thought I knew. And then I realised I know nothing."

"It's a fascinating era that's largely undiscussed and undocumented. Events like the women's conference in Houston in 1977 had a huge influence on politics and administrations. The fact (the Equal Rights Amendment) was never ratified, meaning it's actually not in the U.S. constitution that women have equal rights as men. What's so scary about being equal? Why's that such a dangerous and terrifying thing for people to embrace?"

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