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Jennifer Garner

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At last night's Elle Women in Hollywood event, honoree Jennifer Garner gave one hell of a passionate speech about sexism in the entertainment industry.

After being presented by Steve Carell, Ben Affleck's other half took that stage to share a personal story the brought the audience to cheers and applause.

"The fact that there even needs to be a Women in Hollywood event is a little bit sad," gorgeous Garner said during the annual event at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills. "I mean, the men in Hollywood event is every day—it's called Hollywood. Fifty-one percent of the population should not have to have to schedule a special event to celebrate the fact that in an art that tells the story of what it means to be human and alive, we get to play a part."

Jennifer Garner, Elle Magazine

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She went on, "So for example, my husband and I do kind of the same job, a little bit. Not long ago we both had one of those magical days, we call it a junket, where we both attended these lovely events where people come in every four minutes, they ask the same questions over and over again, you know the drill. We got home at night and we compared notes. And I told him every single person who interviewed me, I mean every single one, and this is true of the red carpet here tonight Elle, asked me, ‘How do you balance work and family?' and he said the only thing that people asked him repeatedly was about the tits on the ‘Blurred Lines' girl, which, for the record if we're talking about them, they are real and they are fabulous [Garner's referencing Affleck's Gone Girl co-star Emily Ratajkowski]. Take a look and enjoy."

After a pause for laughter, Garner continued, "As for work-life balance, he said no one asked him about it that day. As a matter of fact, no one had ever asked him about it. And we do share the same family. Isn't it time to kinda change that conversation?"

In addition to Garner, other honorees at Monday night's Elle event included Elizabeth Banks, Annette Bening, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, Tina Fey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Zoe Saldana.