Gabrielle Union has blasted Hollywood for "shaming" women who choose their career over starting a family.

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

Union - who is the stepmother to Dwyane Wade's three children - believes women who focus on their jobs are met with unnecessary criticism.

She said: "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."

The 42-year-old actress also believes it works the other way, with women also being criticised for getting pregnant and become mothers.

She added: "The reality is that women are discriminated against in the workplace for being mothers. 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.'"

However, Gabrielle alluded that she has not ruled out having children with the 33-year-old sportsman.

She told Redbook magazine: "So far, it has not happened for us."

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