‘Black-ish’ Star Tracee Ellis Ross Sets the Record Straight on Her Decision Not to Have Children (Yet)

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Tracee Ellis Ross is at the top of her game, and she has zero time for antiquated questions, thank you very much.

The Black-ish star and director tells PureWow that she’s quite honestly sick of people asking whether she plans to have kids or not, especially when they assume it’s because of her career.

In an interview on her partnership with the United Explorer Credit Card, Ross said, “Well, I will say two things. I have not made a final decision that I am not having children. It is a personal choice that I will make when I’m comfortable, and it’s not a conversation that I have with people. I also want to be clear that my choices around being a mother have nothing to do with my career, they are not connected.” Mic. Drop.  

The Golden Globe winner went on to explain that she frankly finds the connection between building a family and a woman’s career to be an outdated paradigm that desperately needs a refresh: “It is not that I have chosen or not chosen because of or not because of my career, and I think that that is an old school way of looking at things that I am attempting, in my candid sharing with people, to help dismantle.”

But when Ross is asked the annoying question, “When are you having a kid?” her response is one that any woman can employ. “I think you just tell people to mind their business. I’m not afraid to tell people that, like, ‘It’s none of your business, I don’t know why you’re asking me,’” she said, making us want to clap at our desk.

Tracee Ellis Ross is (modern) woman, hear her roar.

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