Many actresses are demanding equal pay in Hollywood and are reminding everyone why it’s important.
On the subject of Hollywood’s wage gap, Jennifer Lawrence stated, “On average women are paid 21% less than men. We can ask for the same exact thing that men do.”
The 2014 Sony hack revealed Lawrence was paid less than her male “American Hustle” costars. She admitted that “wanting to be liked” kept her from negotiating for a higher paycheck.
Ellen Pompeo was also paid less than Patrick Dempsey while the two were on “Grey’s Anatomy” together. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, she stated, “At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me.”
Fortunately, in 2017, Pompeo signed a $20 million deal for “Grey’s,” making her the highest-earning actress on a TV drama.
Emma Stone said her male co-stars have taken a pay cut so she could have equal pay, stating, “In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair.”
A New York Times study found 80% of movie executives are male and the lack of women at the top leads to women getting fewer lead roles and equal pay for those roles. But fortunately, more and more women in Hollywood are demanding what is rightfully theirs — and others are following suit.