It’s sad to think that pay is still not equal and women are still earning less than men both in Hollywood and outside of it. However, Hollywood stars are taking a stand and have spoken out on the subject, hoping to change things for the better and finally make the gender pay gap history once and for all.
Cate admits the issue is boring because it’s repeated too much and should just be made equal to end the discussion: “It’s boring, it’s boring, boring, boring. Let’s just get on with it, it’s not just the film industry, it’s across all industries. I mean, equal pay for equal work.”
Gwyneth commented that it’s painful for women to earn less and it’s just not fair: “It can be frustrating. It can be painful. Your salary is a way to quantify what you’re worth. If men are being paid a lot more for doing the same thing, it feels sh-tty.”
Jessica doesn’t understand why pay is still not equal: “There’s no excuse. There’s no reason why [Jennifer Lawrence] should be doing a film with other actors and get paid less than her male costars. It’s completely unfair. It’s not right. It’s been happening for years and years and years. I think it’s brave to talk about it. I think everyone should talk about it.”
Josh says it’s ignorant not to offer women the same pay as men: “I think it’s insane what happens with women’s pay. To even say those words, feels so stupid. To have to say the words ‘women’s pay.’ Like, it just sounds ignorant.”
Sandra thinks the issue is more than just a pay gap: “It’s a bigger issue than money. I know we’re focused on the money part right now. That’s just a byproduct. I keep saying, “Why is it that no one is standing up and saying you can’t say that about a woman?” We’re mocked and judged in the media and articles. Really, how men are described in articles versus women, there’s a big difference.”