By many accounts Gabrielle Union has it all: money, a hit TV show, an amazing figure, gorgeous skin, and a husband who’s also rich, handsome, and excels in his profession. What more could she ask for, right? According to the actress, the answer to that question — according to the masses — is kids. And she should be asking for them rather soon.

In an interview for the October issue of Redbook, Gabby spoke on not having any children with her husband of one year, Dwyane Wade, who actually has three sons of his own and an adopted nephew. From her words it’s clear the subject of kids is a bit of a touchy one for the 42-year-old.

“So far, it has not happened for us. A lot of my friends deal with this. There’s a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger. The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you’re wearing a scarlet letter.”

From the perspective of the Being Mary Jane actress, life isn’t all that rosy for women who try to have it all either.

“The reality is that women are discriminated against in the workplace for being mothers,” she added. “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.’”

We’re sure there’s no argument there, but as couples (not just women) increasingly put off children for a number of reasons — namely money and the economy — do you feel the shaming of childless women is on the decline or are they still branded with a scarlet letter?

Image Credit: Redbook

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