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Jennifer Lopez on how women have “found their voices” after Me Too

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Susan Devaney
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Jennifer Lopez has praised women for “finding their voices” and “changing the world” while attending the TIME 100 gala. 

There’s good reason why Jennifer Lopez has been named as TIME magazine’s top 100 most influential people in the world. Not only has she had a successful career spanning decades - but she’s never been afraid to speak out.

Which is why she took the time to praise women everywhere for standing up against sexual harassment over the past few months in the form of the #MeToo movement.

“Watching everything that’s happening with women, finding their voices, standing up for themselves, all of the groundwork that was laid last year and into this year … the world is changing,” Lopez said while walking the red carpet at the TIME 100 gala.

Adding: “And it’s changing for our daughters and we are super excited about that.” 

Featuring a range of public figures, from actors and comedians to politicians and scientists, the TIME 100 list takes a look at who’s making a difference in the world, for good or for bad. And this year’s features the highest number of women since its inception in 1999. 

Earlier this year, Lopez shared her own #MeToo story, bravely detailing how “terrified” she was.

“I haven’t been abused in the way some women have,” Lopez told Harper’s Bazaar. “But have I been told by a director to take off my shirt and show my boobs? Yes, I have. But did I do it? No, I did not.”

Lopez admitted that she had second thoughts about speaking up, due to the repercussions it could ultimately have on her career, but decided otherwise.

“When I did speak up, I was terrified. I remember my heart beating out of my chest, thinking, ‘What did I do? This man is hiring me!’ It was one of my first movies. But in my mind I knew the behaviour wasn’t right. It could have gone either way for me. But I think ultimately the Bronx in me was like, ‘Nah, we’re not having it.’”

You can see the full extend of the #MeToo movement across the world here.

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