Shine theory, baby!

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Kerry Washington is spouting shine theory and we can’t get enough. The idea in a nutshell is that powerful and successful women need to befriend each other and help each other, rather than compete.

The Scandal actress recently chatted with InStyle about how the women of Shondaland help to boost each other up.

“I feel like there is a misconception of this catty, competitiveness between women. That has not been my experience, particularly in Shondaland.”

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Additionally, she said their no success if she’s the token woman in the room.

“Being the one woman in the room should not be seen as a victory. If there’s only one of us in the room, we’re still a token; we don’t actually have an empowered voice. If there’s two of us, we’re still a minority. If there’s three… then we’re allowed to have a multiplicity of opinions.”

Kerry recently participated in Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In Together” campaign, which encouraged women to be more pro-active in the workplace while still helping out other women.

You can watch Kerry in the campaign here.

The activist is also the September cover star of InStyle, where she talks more about Shondaland, race, and optimism.

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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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