Jane Fonda saw turning 60 as an opportunity to accept the power of her gender.
The 78-year-old actress penned an essay about her journey into feminism for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. She detailed how she was blown away by a feminist’s talk to soldiers at a cafe in Texas when she was an anti-war activist.
“The woman said that if there were true equality between women and men, it would be good for both sexes,” Jane explained of the talk. “It’s not a matter of women taking a piece of your pie, it’s about us sharing the pie and making it bigger. It’s a win-win. Boys, men, women, girls, the Earth, everything.”
Actress Jane became well known for her workout videos in the ’80s and often flaunted her slim frame in tight workout gear on the covers, but admits she suffered an eating disorder when she was a teenager that stemmed from disliking how she looked.
“When I hit adolescence and the spectre of womanhood loomed, all that mattered was how I looked and fit in,” Jane continued. “I sort of … hollowed out. Almost everything interesting about me scooped itself out and took up residence alongside the empty, disembodied me.”
The star wrote in the letter that it was turning 60 that really inspired her to change her way of thinking, after years of choosing to be with men who wouldn’t notice of her problems because of their own “issues”.
“When I turned 60 and entered my third and final act, I decided that, no matter how scary it was, I needed to heal the wounds patriarchy had dealt me,” she added. “I didn’t want to come to the end of my life without doing all I could to become a whole, full-voiced woman.”
Now Jane is a fully-fledged feminist and insists it doesn’t matter how long it take her to reach the end of her journey, which has been about “slowly becoming the subject of my own life.”
“It took me 30 years to get it, but it’s okay to be a late bloomer as long as you don’t miss the flower show,” she finished.