Priyanka Chopra Speech: Empower Each Other

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Priyanka Chopra Speech: Empower Each Other

Learn English with Priyanka Chopra. Priyanka Chopra, actor, film producer, humanitarian, and one of Time magazine’s top 100 most influential people in the world, discusses global beauty standards, supporting women, everyday philanthropy, and the responsibility that comes with being in the spotlight.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is an Indian actress, model, film producer, singer, and film director. Chopra, the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant, is one of India’s highest-paid and most popular entertainers. She has won numerous awards, including two National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards.

In this speech, she also quotes: “No one is going to tell you, here’s an opportunity. Go make something of yourself. You’re going to do it for you because people are only going to try and take it away. And it’s so important for us to be able to empower each other in everyday life. We don’t have to conquer the world.”

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Priyanka Chopra:

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Priyanka Chopra – FULL TRANSCRIPT:

Interviewer:

Priyanka, you are a global icon. You have a career spanning over 20 years, multiple continents, multiple industries. You have over 100 million followers, authentic followers. I will also say, real followers, global followers, and people all over the world look to you for inspiration.

You’re the first South Asian woman to be a star of a U.S. TV network. Right? But after our conversation the other day, I realized I think America is just getting to know you. So the question for everyone who’s here is who is, who is Priyanka? Who are you?

Priyanka Chopra:

I think I’m kind of trying to figure that out myself, and I think it’s OK not to know. We spend our entire lives trying to figure out who we really are and then we change and then we figure it out and then we change again.

And I think that’s the most constant, right? I’m constantly changing, constantly evolving, and I’m hoping that everyone’s still curious about me as I keep doing that.

Interviewer:

You mentioned something the other day that when women are pitted against each other in any industry, that everyone loses, and so that’s such a wise and evolved way to think about things. Tell me how you’ve come to realize that at such a young age?

Priyanka Chopra:

Well, a couple of things, I have a hypothesis, so I feel like we… I’ve had so many times whenever I’m doing interviews, people always ask me that ‘Oh, you’re doing a movie with, you know, a female co-actor. Did you guys get along?

Priyanka Chopra:

Were there catfights?’ But when it comes to boys, they say ‘Oh my gosh, that looks like a bromance and everyone got on so well.’ So I feel like over time because women have a lack of opportunity. We were pitted against each other because we had… there were only like five opportunities, like five places a woman could be hired. And so we were elbowing each other out to get to that one spot. So the crux of the problem is the lack of opportunity for females and the more opportunity we create for each other, the more sisterhood will grow.

Priyanka Chopra:

We’re 50% of the world’s population.

Interviewer:

That’s right.

Priyanka Chopra:

We need to be represented in every field like that. We need to empower by each other, by the people who are in positions of power by putting us in positions of power. So I realize many, many years ago that the more I championed women in my own small way, maybe I’ll be able to create a world around me, at least where, you know, women run the show because we kind of do it really well. We just aren’t given the opportunity enough.

Interviewer:

Women are statistically based on the data working twice as hard as their counterparts to earn the same dollar. And this is an issue for me that everyone knows I’m very passionate about. And women of color are working three times as hard. Where? Why is it that you think we’re held to such higher standards? And what are those standards were held to?

Priyanka Chopra:

So every generation of women somehow has to fight for the right of empowerment for the next generation of women. How many of you drive? Do you remember there was a time when women couldn’t? Today, we don’t even think about it because those women fought for us.

So how many of us vote as females?

Interviewer:

Put your hands up?

Priyanka Chopra:

There was a time we couldn’t. Now we don’t even think about it. So we as women, everyone in this room and everyone in this world has a responsibility to our future daughter, to our future granddaughter, to change the world in a way where they don’t have to think about lack of opportunity. They don’t have to think about diversity. Diversity shouldn’t even be a conversation. It should be normal when we look around this room there’s not one kind of person. I don’t even see one kind of person in one row. And that’s our normal. And that’s the world we will create for our daughters, for our kids. We will create men that empower the girls around them. We will create men that respect the girls around them and create a legacy for their children going forward. And I think that’s our responsibility and we need to take that really, really seriously.

Interviewer:

One of the things that I love about you is that you are now investing in tech. And up… Yes. And your manager also has been like a prolific investor within the space. And so I know you’ve invested in Bumble and now you’ve invested in a tech incubator that’s supporting young women who are learning how to code. Why is that important to you?

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