Salma Hayek admits she wanted a son

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Next month's issue of Glamour magazine has an interview with actress Salma Hayek, mom to 5-month-old daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault. In it, she talks about her work with V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. She relates her own second-hand experience with abuse and says she was moved to get involved because she wants women who suffer to know they are not alone and that people do care about them.

When she was pregnant with her child, she admits that her own experiences and exposure to the struggles that some women face initially made her hope the child she was carrying was a boy. "Probably because I was afraid. I think women suffer a bit more than boys, and there is always conflict between mothers and daughters."

Now, she says having a daughter with fiance Francois Henri Pinault was the best thing that ever happened to her. "I felt I was born to have this girl."
She has high hopes that her daughter will continue the work in making the world a better place. "I hope Valentina will be much more involved than I have been, and smarter about it than I was, because she will grow up in the middle of our conversation and it will be a part of her everyday life," she says.

I understand Hayek's initial foreboding about having a daughter. Because of my own difficult childhood and my struggles raising a girl, I remember briefly hoping that Christy was carrying a boy when she was pregnant. At the same time, I knew it was girl and was not the least bit surprised - or disappointed - when Ellie arrived. What about you? If you have a daughter, did you worry at all about all the world she was being born into and the struggles unique to women that she would face?

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