She's one of the most successful actresses in the world so Sarah Jessica Parker knows a thing or two about what it means to have ambition. But the Sex and the City star has confessed she thinks the word has a negative connotation, and that women are wary of using it to describe themselves.
Speaking at a Tribeca Film Festival event, SJP told The Cut: "I think for so long the word ambition had this blindness connected to it. It meant that you weren't aware of anything on either side of this drive.
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Sarah Jessica Parker thinks the younger generation has a different perception of ambition
"It was this one-lane road and you had to be unpleasant and it didn't involve a conversation and it wasn't collaborative when it was applied to a woman. And I just think it's kind of an old fashioned, negative connotation."
Despite this, the mother-of-three thinks women, especially the younger generation, are still put off by the word.
The actress held a Q&A with the stars and creators of the short films
She continued: "It's almost a generational thing at this point: the word ambition, and what it means, and how careful you are about saying it, 'I'm ambitious or not ambitious'. Driven is a word, conviction, passion, energy, and direction: Those are all words that you hear more and ambition gets swallowed up, it's the word that houses all the other ones."
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SJP was at the Tribeca Film Festival to introduce #ActuallySheCan – three short films about women excelling in their fields of work. The subjects of the movies are a photojournalist, a successful chef and a fashion designer preparing for New York Fashion Week.
All three were directed by women, and after the screenings SJP held a Q&A with the stars and creators about the journeys that had led them up to that point.