Emma Stone champions the fight for pay equality in Hollywood
Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech earlier this year has brought to light the gender pay gap in Hollywood with actresses like Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Portman coming forward to say that they had been paid significantly less than their male co-stars.
The gender pay gap is hot on Hollywood’s lips once again with an interview with Emma Stone in OUT magazine. The Oscar winning actress revealed that she has had a different experience and that her male co-stars had actually accepted a lower fee to ensure there was no pay disparity between them. When speaking to OUT magazine about her upcoming role in the film Battle of the Sexes which is based on the famous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs she said:
“It’s not about, ‘Women are this and men are that.’ It is, ‘We are all the same, we are all equal, we all deserve the same respect and the same rights.’ And that’s really what I’ve been so grateful for with male co-stars—when I’ve been in a similar-size role in films, and it’s been multiple people who have been really incredible and said, ‘That’s what I want to do. That’s what’s fair and what’s right.’”
Emma Stone’s male co-stars have taken pay cuts so that they can be paid the same wage as her; she has needed them to do so to achieve pay parity. It is important that we ask for equal pay if we are in the same role as a male co-worker, but do women do we feel uncomfortable asking for equal pay? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.