Charlize Theron has advice for women everywhere

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Charlize Theron: 'Being a Feminist Is a Good Thing'

When it comes to being a woman, you might not think of Charlize Theron as someone who has it rough. The 39-year-old is starring in a new sure-to-be blockbuster hit, "Mad Max: Fury Road," and has a long list of other successes, which include winning an Academy Award for her role in "Monster."

However, Theron knows the difficulty that women often face in the workplace, and isn't afraid to speak her mind about it. In a recent interview for Elle magazine's June issue, Theron spoke about how "girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing. It doesn't mean that you hate men."

The actress doesn't just throw the "feminism" buzzword around, though -- she really does know first-hand how important it is. While it may seem as though Theron would be paid the same amount as her male counterparts, this isn't always the case. In fact, the actress had to negotiate her salary in the sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman" so that she'd match the male actors. Surprisingly (or maybe even unsurprisingly), Theron said, "I have to give them credit, because once I asked, they said yes. They did not fight it." Her advice to women? "You just need to ask," she told the magazine.

You can see Theron starring in the new movie, "Mad Max: Fury Road," which is in theaters May 15th. And based on the previews, we would NOT want to mess with her.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 29: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER AND US TABS OUT) Actor Sean Penn poses with his Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role next to Charlize Theron and her Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role during the 76th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn arrive at the World Premiere of "A Million Ways To Die In The West" on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Westwood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Actress Charlize Theron and actor Sean Penn attend the Points of Light generationOn Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for generationOn)
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn arrive on the red carpet at the screening of the film Mad Max: Fury Road at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 14, 2015. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actress Renee Zellweger holds the Oscar she won for best supporting actress for her work in Cold Mountain; actor Sean Penn holds the Oscar he won for best actor for his work in Mystic River, actor Tim Robbins holds the Oscar he won for best supporting actor for his work in Mystic River, and actress Charlize Theron holds the Oscar she won for best actress for her work in Monster, from left, after the 76th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Sean Penn and Charlize Theron pose with Pharrell Williams at Bionic Yarn, G-Star and Hennessy Privilege Celebrate Pharrell Williams and his Oscar nominated single, 'Happy' on February 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for One View)
Sean Penn, left, and Charlize Theron arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Gunman" at Regal Cinemas LA LIVE on Thursday, March 12, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Charlize Theron, left, and Sean Penn arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Sean Penn and actress Charlize Theron attend the 'Help Haiti Home' gala at Montage Hotel on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Charlize Theron, Founder and CEO of J/P Haitian Relief Organization Sean Penn and Former President of the United States Bill Clinton attend the 4th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07: (L-R) Sean Penn and Charlize Theron attend the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn attend the world premiere of Universal Pictures 'A Million Ways To Die In The West,' at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California, May 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 15: Actress Charlize Theron and actor Sean Penn arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' on May 15, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 07: Actors Sean Penn (L) and Charlize Theron attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 7, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07: Sean Penn and Charlize Theron attend the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
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