Keira Knightley thinks it’s depressing women are still “trying to break that glass ceiling”. The 29-year-old actress stars as real-life WWII codebreaker Joan Clarke in new biographical period drama, The Imitation Game. And while doing research for the role, she was horrified to learn archaic workplace gender politics are still active in modern day society.
'[Joan’s] trying to break that glass ceiling, she's trying to get a place at the table'
"[Joan’s] trying to break that glass ceiling, she's trying to get a place at the table.... I was completely bowled away that we're dealing with the 1940s, and still the centre of the feminist argument today is a place at the table and equal pay, and how depressing it is that it's exactly the same, but fascinating,” she mused during a cast luncheon at The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Keira believes women with brilliant technical minds continue to struggle with landing high-paid jobs in software and other scientific or mathematical industries.
She even discussed the topic with a Google co-founder.
“I met Sergey Brin the other day and he said only 20 per cent of the employees at Google are women. Yeah, that's a problem, and it was absolutely on my mind,” Keira said.
Co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, who was also in attendance at the luncheon, agrees their new movie The Imitation Game directly addresses discrimination practices that still exist today.
“Sadly, things are cyclical, we're seeing nationalism rise in many different places, whether it be Russia, Turkey, god knows in France — when I went to Paris recently, there were riots against a gay rights march," he told THR. “Minorities are continuing to be scapegoated, as they've been before.
"What I mean by all that is, it's not an isolated moment in history. It's a lesson and a warning that our prejudices can still rise and destroy those who are fragile, different and can make an incredible difference in our lives.”
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