'Walking Dead’ Star Danai Gurira Gives Advice To Young Women, Channeling Her Own Idol


She may be worried about confrontations with zombies as Michonne on The Walking Dead, but in real life star Danai Gurira is concerned with pressing issues like the gender pay gap and a lack of confidence preventing young girls from achieving their dreams. At Variety's Power of Women: New York event presented by Lifetime, Gurira comments on the powerful woman she finds most inspiring and explains why all women can learn a lot from her idol.

When asked who she looks up to, the 38-year-old actor responds "Dr. Maya Angelou" without hesitation. She continues,

Gurira goes on to explain why women today in particular could learn a lot from Angelou's confidence and high self-worth. She says,

As for Gurira's own advice for young women, she believes that you yourself can be your biggest obstacle, which is something worth striving to overcome. "I encourage all young girls: stop getting in our own way," she says. "We have things to do, like this luncheon shows us. We have to enact our power in the world. The gender gap is global." Gurira speaks with such passion that it's impossible for me not to feel inspired, too. She finishes up by referencing another beacon of positivity: "And really, as Dr. Martin Luther King says, no one really hands you your power. You kind of have to go get it."