Geena Davis: The Power of Women

Geena Davis says she’s ‘grateful’ she had her kids in her 40s: ‘I wanted to wait’

Geena Davis, as an actress, has always insisted on the power of the female gaze. “I think the power of women is always,” Davis has said.

And she’s even gone a step further and said it’s the responsibility of women to take care of their children, no matter what their age. “I don’t believe that women should give up on child care, not because it’s not important, but because I’ve never had a kid to raise that I thought was better off by myself.”

Davis has two children, ages 10 and 14. But it’s the second one that matters right now, after the first child that was left in the care of her mother, who was then in her early 40s.

“When it became apparent that I might be staying home,” Davis wrote on a blog, “my heart sank.” Davis and her ex-husband, Michael Douglas, had just left the movie production of “The Devil Wears Prada” in Manhattan’s West Village, when they lost custody of their two children to a judge in 2008. Davis and Douglas had a high-powered legal team who represented them both at the hearing and through the appeals process.

When the judge ruled in Davis’s favor, the couple celebrated the decision with a double-shot latte.

“For us, it’s been a year of great celebrations. And it’s been a year of learning,” Davis tweeted in 2008.

But in a new interview with the Daily Mail in which she shares how she dealt with the loss, Davis said that during those lost years, she felt “guilty” for not being with her children and “I was feeling very unfulfilled”.

“I know what you’re going to say: ‘Well, I was grateful because it meant less work.’ But I didn’t feel grateful – I felt very guilty because I felt like I’d let them down,” Davis said

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