It's hard to fathom, but we actually live in a world where people think that it's okay to compensate women less than their male counterparts for doing the same job. It doesn't matter if they share the same skills and credentials, and it doesn't matter if the woman happens to have even more experience. The fact of the matter is: A man's work is always seen as more valuable and profitable. Simply because he has 'male' checked on his birth certificate.
We all know that there are obvious flaws in that logic, but it hasn't stopped Hollywood from turning a blind eye to them. There are tons of talented actresses who've admitted to being paid less than half of their male co-stars for certain projects, and even when they demanded more, they were often forced to negotiate and settle with much less than they initially asked for. It's beyond frustrating because you'd almost think that these women were asking for a rare luxury from the way that the subject is approached rather than the earnings that they rightfully deserve.
Some might argue that these stars are already getting paid a whole lot and that their earnings ought to be commensurate with their level of experience. Both are fair points, but it doesn't change the fact that women are always under-compensated - regardless of their experience level. Tina Fey once said: "If you were to really look at it, the boys are still getting more money for a lot of garbage, while the ladies are hustling and doing amazing work for less." We honestly couldn't have said it better ourselves.
See which female stars have refused to put up with pay discrimination.
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“It’s a scary place. You will be rejected. I was rejected many times. I cried. I was told that female actors are replaceable in films because they just stand behind a guy anyway. I’m still used to being paid — like most actresses around the world — a lot less than the boys. We’re told we’re too provocative or that being sexy is our strength, which it can be, and it is, but that’s not the only thing we have,” she said.
"I’m someone who has been very open about asking for raises and trying to get equal pay. You’re just simply told, 'No.' It’s brutal. I guess I became aware of it on my first paid job. When I was on a sitcom in the ’90s, Suddenly Susan, I made the second-lowest salary on the cast. Judd Nelson, who I liked, made four times what I made, and he ended up getting fired. And I went on to get two Emmys, a Grammy, three television shows with my name in the title and a New York Times best-seller," she said.
“After Basic Instinct, no one wanted to pay me. I remember sitting in my kitchen with my manager and just crying and saying I’m not going to work until I get paid. I still got paid so much less than men,” she told People. HOW IS THIS LEGAL?
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"It was a play with just two of us on stage and I was offered less than half of what he was going to be paid. If it was two men, it wouldn’t probably happen. Sad, but I walked away," she told Vogue.
“It’s not about my salary or any of us on the list. We are all very well recompensed but I am concerned for those who have tried to challenge the system and been ignored. I don’t want women to be undervalued or for bosses to assume that they can get away with treating us as discount items,” she said.
"It’s not just about acting, and it’s not about me as an actor. I don’t believe this is fair for anybody. I want to live in the America I believe in, that really is fair, that really has possibilities, and really does treat people of all races and all sexes equally,” she said. It's unfortunate that she lost out on jobs for speaking her mind, but when you think about it — why would any of us want to work for someone with such skewed views? Patricia dodged a bullet!<
“It was a perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards. I was looking at statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on that moment. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did,” she said.
However, just three months ago, the actress said that she has yet to receive that raise. "I don't think I'm getting paid the same amount. They told me I was getting a raise. But ... I don't think so," she said. Damn it.
"We're not even asking for equal, we're asking for closer. It's just... It's parity," she told TMZ.
The main cast was kind enough to take $100,000 pay cuts to help her out. But even so, her resulting new salary is nowhere near the amount that they all make.
"I understand that the men's World Cup generates vastly more money globally than the women's event, but the simple truth is that U.S. Soccer projects that our team will generate a profit of $5.2 million in 2017 while the men are forecast to lose almost $1 million. Yet we get shortchanged coming and going." she wrote.
In another interview, she also said: "We feel like we’re treated like second-class citizens because they don’t care as much about us as they do the men."
"Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid. I believe women deserve equal pay. However, I don't believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time. I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done. That's a big deal to me, especially because I know I do my best every night on stage for the audience and they have a good time. I didn't ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer. I will continue to work my ass off and be the best performer I can be. The reports of me 'demanding' or 'insisting' on equal pay to them aren't true," she said. Tell 'em, girl!
“She works as hard as I do... She deserves everything,” William said when he was asked about it in an interview.
It honestly breaks our hearts that some stars have to resort to this because, in a sense, it perpetuates this false notion that men have to sacrifice their earnings in order for women to get what they deserve. Hollywood should understand by now that this is not how it works. If they just offered women equal pay, this wouldn't need to happen.
“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. That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily — that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair,'” Emma once said.
"I got offered a movie, but the male hadn't had any kind of critical success but had been in a movie where he was 'hot.' And he got offered $10 million, and I got offered $500,000. So I said no, and they went and found a newcomer who did it for $50,000. So they made a savings of $450,000, probably to give the guy his bonuses," she said.
"If you're doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way," she once said. We agree!