Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow are featured in Elle magazine's latest Women in Hollywood edition.

Joining the two beauties in this month's issue is two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank.

The actresses, who each have their own cover, talk about their lives as stars and the state of female roles in Tinseltown.

Hudson complains that "the female parts tend to be dispensable," and Paltrow says she feels "kind of dejected" about the roles available. Read More Inside