“We should empower each other and have compassion for each other and help each other and feel good about ourselves.”
For Pompeo, who shares her girls with husband Chris Ivery, there is a lot of work needed to be done to achieve equality.
“I think there’s a lot of glass ceilings and we have to keep busting all of them,” she says. “So this is one glass ceiling that definitely needs to be broken. The truth is, we do get better with age. It’s just society has told us forever that we don’t. And for some reason we believe that because men want us to believe that they get better with age, but really it’s us who get better with age.”
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Pompeo says she’s seen this change first-hand in her own experiences.
“We need to start working on that — smashing that ceiling right now — because I know for myself, I’m 10 times the woman I was 10 years ago,” she says.
This is not the first time Pompeo has spoken out for social equality, especially regarding representation on TV. In July, she spoke to PEOPLE about how important it is for her daughters to celebrate the success of African American women.
“My daughters are black so it’s very important to me that they see a lot of images of beautiful, powerful, strong black women,” Pompeo told PEOPLE. “Every time there is a black woman on a magazine cover, whether it is Kerry Washington or whoever it is, I make sure that magazine is in my house and on my table. For me, that’s super important.”
— Abby Stern