Jane Fonda Gets Candid On Her 'Woke' History, Celebrating 60 Years Since Vogue Cover

Left: Jane Fonda photographed by Irving Penn,  Vogue , July 1959; Left: Fonda in 2018, photo credit Getty Images.  via Vogue US

Left: Jane Fonda photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, July 1959; Left: Fonda in 2018, photo credit Getty Images. via Vogue US

Bridget Read interviews Jane Fonda about 60 years of activism , looking totally fab in her 80s and her first Vogue cover shot by master artist Irving Penn in July 1959.

We learn that Fonda actually worked for Irving Penn for a year, acting as his assistant at age 19. How thrilling! The Vogue cover shoot was a year before the actor’s first film ‘Tall Story’. She was wearing lipstick-color gloves available at Saks Fifth Avenue and a “spice brown” rinse in her hair.

Jane was studying at the time with Lee Strasberg and assigned to the Eileen Ford Agency as a model to pay for her acting classes. “If you had told me at that time that at age 81 I would again be on the cover of Vogue, I would’ve told you you were out of your mind, that that was completely and utterly impossible,” Jane tells Briget Read. Fonda continues:

My image of women was that they were victims and not very powerful, and my dad didn’t encourage me, or make me feel I was attractive. I mean, everything was a surprise to me. I was surprised that I got cast in a movie. I was surprised that I was ever accepted as a model at Eileen Ford’s agency and surprised that I ever ended up on the cover of Vogue. So my life has just been one big surprise for me.

It fact it wasn’t Jane Fonda’s visit to Angela Davis in the Marin Couny Jail that propelled her into activism. Nor was it her ‘radical’ husband Tom Hayden’s state assembly campaign in California. Fonda became an uber progressive in Paris, hanging with American GIs who had served in Vietnam. They had become resistors and gave the blooming model a book to read by Jonathan Schell called ‘The Village of Ben Suc’. There was no turning back after reading that book.

This interview gets better and better, as Fonda and Read discuss what it is to be ‘woke’. Read on at Vogue.

Angelina Jolie Speaks Candidly On World Refugee Day As New TIME Contributing Editor

Activist actor Angelina Jolie is now a monthly contributing editor at TIME magazine.

Editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal announced that Jolie’s essays will focus on topics related to human rights and displacement, issues front-of-mind for the humanitarian who has worked with the UN Refugee Agency for 18 years.

Jolie’s seven-years as Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has put the world’s humanitarian crises front and center in online media. She has carried out more than 60 field missions to countries including Colombia, Peru and Bangladesh, the magazine said in its statement.

Jolie first official piece was published to coincide with World Refugee Day, June 20, with the title Angelina Jolie: What We Owe Refugees. She argues: "Under international law it is not an option to assist refugees, it is an obligation," she writes. "It is perfectly possible to ensure strong border control and fair, humane immigration policies while meeting our responsibility to help refugees."

On April 10, 2019 the actor, who returns to the big screen in October 2019, playing the villain in Maleficient2: Mistress of Evil with fellow actors Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer, wrote her first unofficial TIME essay Angelina Jolie: Why Women Are the Key to Lasting Peace in Afghanistan.

Anne of Carversville had a birthday this week, 12 years old on June 17. AOC came to life seemingly out of nowhere, inspired by my reading our founding muse Angelina Jolie’s Esquire interview. Her thoughts marked a turning point in my life: Smart Sensuality Angelina Jolie: Virtue Considered in Carversville's Country Air.

Angelina is one of the many Winning Women in Action we track on AOC.

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Tory Burch Asks Forbes Summit Why The Debate Around Equal Pay For Women Continues

Tory Burch CEO at Forbes Women’s Summit 2019.

Tory Burch CEO at Forbes Women’s Summit 2019.

Forbes considers Tory Burch to be one of America’s richest self-made women, estimating her net worth at $850 million. Judged today by her competence, strategic thinking and brand positioning, Tory Burch, who previously worked at Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang, says that when she launched her lifestyle brand in 2004, she wan’t taken very seriously.

Fashion is a notoriously cut throat, competitive business, but Burch says the business world piled on a whole other layer of value judgments, considering Tory Burch to be her vanity project. Burch told the audience at the Forbes Women’s Summit. “I was introduced as a female CEO. I was like, ‘When is a man introduced as a male CEO?’”

Burch joined ultimate equal-pay activist Lilly Ledbetter to discuss the impact of the gender pay gap in a Forbes Women’s Summit discussion moderated by Cosmopolitan editor Jessica Pels. Ledbetter is known as the Alabama area manager at a Goodyear plant who learned through an anonymous note that she was paid 35%-40% less than men in her same position.

Ledbetter’s case wound its way through the US court system, until the Supreme Court in 2007 overturned a $3 million verdict in her favor, ruling that pay discrimination lawsuits must filed within 180 days of her first unequal paycheck. President Obama effectively nullified the court’s decision in 2009, making the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first new law of his administration. Obama stipulated that the statute of limitations for filing equal-pay lawsuits based on pay discrimination resets with each new paycheck that is part of the discriminatory act.

Burch told the audience that she is incredulous that the gender pay gap persists in 2019. “It’s an issue of humanity,” she said. “Women are 50% of the population. I don’t understand why this debate is still going on.” The CEO also appealed to the interests of men, saying “Pay equity affects men, too, because no man wants his sister or daughter to be treated differently in the workplace.”

To aid in that effort Burch launched a charitable foundation dedicated to women entrepreneurs in 2009. In 2017 Burch’s foundation launched a campaign called “Embrace Ambition” that included a social media campaigns under the hashtag “#EmbraceAmbition,” a fellowship program targeting women entrepreneurs and a speaker series across major U.S. cities.

Forbes writes that this past March, Bank of America committed $100 million to give access to affordable loans to women entrepreneurs. The pledge was converted to action, with Bank America lending more than $50 million in loans have been issued to 2,500-plus women entrepreneurs.

Equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter at Forbes Women Summit 2019

Equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter at Forbes Women Summit 2019