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International Women’s Day 2017: Gillian Anderson Pens Feminist Manifesto

X-Files actress and Red cover star has released We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, which encourages women to take control of their own destinies.

Today is International Women’s day and what better way to celebrate than with the release of a book by Special agent Dana Scully? We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere is co-authored by journalist Jennifer Nadel, and is a quasi-self-help book aimed at guiding women “on a path of self-discovery and spiritual awakening”.

Despite having a reputation as a TV badass, Anderson admits to bouts of self-doubt and depression. “There were maybe two or three points in my life where I have felt like the decisions that I was making weren’t good,” she told The Washington Post. “In a way I was my own worst enemy.” She also began noticing the statistics of self-harm and depression in other women and decided that a book was the best way to address the problem.

Split into nine principles, the book includes daily exercises to promote a more positive mental attitude with an emphasis on empowerment. “This book hopefully will be resonant for women of all ages. And we don’t consider ourselves to be experts on any of this. I’m still struggling on a daily basis on decisions I make and the way I react to things and the choices that I make,” continued Anderson, who is also an advocate for equal pay in Hollywood.

“I make mistakes all the time and have to reassess and apologise, so it’s not us standing on a soapbox. It’s just saying: “These principles are out there, they’re universal –  and we can start to do things differently.”

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