Gwyneth Paltrow Has Some Surprising Advice for Women Feeling Overwhelmed at Work

As the founder of her $250 million lifestyle brand, Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow knows a thing or two about making it in the world of business. From acting to vagina-scented candles, Paltrow has conquered it all and she credits doing so to a somewhat surprising piece of advice for women in the workplace.

“Cry all you want,” Paltrow, 50, told told CNBC Make It in 2020. The Shakespeare In Love star shut down those who advise women to “act like a man” or “don’t cry” at work, calling the guidance “bullsh-t.”

“This idea that we need to reconstruct ourselves in the male paradigm version of what it is to have power or be a leader is completely untrue — and it also kind of cuts off the part of us that is so powerful.” Paltrow said. “I think that there’s an emerging kind of female leader that embraces her vulnerability and creativity and intuition.”

In Paltrow’s vision of the world, women should thrive in the workplace by embracing femininity but she acknowledged that it doesn’t always play out that way.

“As a woman CEO, sometimes when I’m at different conferences, a question that I see women CEOs get a lot are around imposter syndrome,” she said. “And I don’t see men CEOs being asked those same kinds of questions – like ‘How do you manage your time being a mom?’”

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