“House of Cards” Star Robin Wright demanded equal pay with Kevin Spacey. The New York Times wrote about it on their Twitter.
The both actors play leading roles, produce the series and direct episodes. However, there was the gender pay gap between them. When the actress discovered she was being paid less than Kevin Spacey, she required closing the gap. And she did it!
The problem of the unequal payment between women and men exists around the globe. And Robin Wright is not the only who opposes this phenomenon. Many celebrities fight for the women’s right to get the decent salary.
So, after the premiere of the film “Suffragette”, which was about women fight for their rights, Meryl Streep said that nothing had changed in the last hundred years, and her fees in Hollywood were lower than men’s.
Jennifer Lawrence supported Meryl Streep and published the article “Why Do I Make Less than My Male Co-Stars?” on Lenny Letter website. The actress noted that the banal women’s expression of salary dissatisfaction was perceived by men as an insult:
“It’s hard for me to speak about my experience as a working woman because I can safely say my problems aren’t exactly relatable. When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need. (I told you it wasn’t relatable, don’t hate me).
But if I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem “difficult” or “spoiled”.
Emma Watson also defends the career opportunities for women. The actress is the Goodwill Ambassador of the UN, and works on the project “HeForHer”, the main aim of which is involving men in the struggle for women’s rights.
Not only celebrities fight for the decent salary. Allen Raizo, the consultant in Mathematics in Fresno, CA, has been suing with her employers for the last three years. The employers paid Allen less than her male colleagues.
Allen is sure that employers must be honest but women shouldn’t be silent as well:
“We must defend our interests. I believed that my employers would be honest, and I thought that they paid me the equal salary”.
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