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We've been made to feel we should be okay with settling for less: Deepika Padukone on pay gap


The actress, who attended the Time 100 gala in New York City on Tuesday (24 April) night, spoke to Time magazine about the need for confidence among women to ask for better pay.

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Deepika Padukone, one of the highest paid actors in the Indian film industry, says women must not shy away from demanding and even fighting for the pay they think they deserve.

The actress, who attended the Time 100 gala in New York City on Tuesday (24 April) night, spoke to Time magazine about the need for confidence among women to ask for better pay.

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"You can feel a sense of — am I stepping over the line, do I deserve it? But if you believe you deserve it, then you do," said Padukone, the only Indian to feature in the Time's list of 100 influential people in the world, sharing space with names like Nicole Kidman, Gal Gadot, Greta Gerwig and Lena Waithe.

"For years, we've been made to feel we should be okay with settling for less, with sometimes a promise of getting something more later on. But I think you should get what you think you deserve. It's okay to fight for it, and it's okay to feel uncomfortable initially, because that's just the way we've been made to feel for so long," she added.

The actress, who won hearts by gesturing a 'namaste' at the red carpet where she dazzled in an embellished ivory ensemble, also spoke about her struggle with clinical depression at the gala.

Padukone also has a foundation The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health.