Gabrielle Union Laments Difficulty Getting Pregnant: "The Penance for Being a Career Woman is Barrenness"

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Gabrielle Union

The 42-year-old actress is one of three women to grace the cover of Redbook's anti-aging issue, where she talks about the challenge of having a thriving career and starting a family.

Gabrielle Union is opening up to Redbook about the struggles she says women still face when they try to have a thriving career and start a family.

"The reality is that women are discriminated against in the workplace for being mothers," the Being Mary Jane star tells the magazine in its October issue. "As much as there are strides being made — you get pregnant, your career takes a hit. You can't have a bad day. Don't you dare cry at work. Don't raise your voice. Especially if you're a black woman in corporate America — now you're 'the angry black woman.' "

The 42-year-old — who says of trying to start a family with husband Dwyane Wade, "so far it has not happened for us" — adds that women are made to feel guilty for prioritizing their career over having kids.

"There's a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger," she tells Redbook. "The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you're wearing a scarlet letter."

Union is one of three women to grace the cover of Redbook's anti-aging issue, joining Erin Andrews and Maria Menounos. All three women talk about challenges they've faced in their career and starting a family.