Blake Lively has always worn her feminist credentials well and truly on her sleeve: she’s spoken out against the unfair pressures on new mums to lose weight, she’s called upon women everywhere not to let President Donald Trump silence them, and she’s publicly thanked the Spice Girls for imbuing her with girl power.
So it should come as no surprise to learn that the 29-year-old really isn’t here for sexist questions on the red carpet.
The Shallows actor was recently invited to Variety's Power of Women event on Friday where she was honoured for her work with the Child Rescue Coalition, working to tackle issues such as child pornography and sex trafficking.
Rather than ask her about her contribution to the cause, however, one reporter decided to ask Lively about her “go-to power outfit”.
Maeve McDermott, a reporter from USA Today who witnessed the whole thing, explained that Lively’s response was both furious and eloquent.
She said: “Really? At this event, you're asking me about my outfit? Seriously...would you ask a man that?”
Lively continued: “I'm here so we become more aware, and that we change, and that we build women up. So, you can ask me another question."
McDermott caught some of Lively’s comments on video and shared the clip on Twitter, where it has since been shared over 400 times.
Later, Lively gave an impassioned speech about her work with the Child Rescue Coalition. Speaking in front of a screen pinpointing the locations of IP addresses currently viewing child pornography, she said: “The kids are getting younger and the content is getting more devastating
“When a law enforcement officer told me this, I asked, how young are the victims? And he told me infants — and I have a six-month-old daughter, [Ines].”
Lively, who is also a mother to two-year-old daughter James, continued: “I didn’t really know what child pornography was, I was afraid to ask, as a mother, because it would be painful to hear.
“But I felt like I had to ask, and I feel like I have to share it with you guys now. It is disturbing, and I want to warn you, but I feel like it’s my responsibility to tell you guys because it is the truth, and I believe if we all knew this, we would dedicate much more of ourselves to stopping it.”
Lively went on to reveal that only 10% of children speak up after they’ve been abused. The Child Rescue Coalition, all too aware of these statistics, works with law enforcement agencies to stop the predators and perpetrators in their tracks before they can abuse an average of 50-100 children in their lifetimes.
This has led to the arrest of 9,000 predators – and, as a result, 2,084 children have been rescued from active abuse.
“If you proactively find these predators, you can save so many children," said Lively.
You can learn more about Lively and the Child Rescue Coalition’s goals here.
Images: Rex Features/Twitter