Charlize Theron was mad as hell about being underpaid and she wasn’t going to take it anymore. Now she and Jennifer Aniston are leading the charge to get pay parity for actresses in Hollywood, and we’re so happy that they are.
You wouldn’t think that huge, glamorous Hollywood stars like Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams would be victims of pay discrimination just because they are women. But guess what? They are.
Charlize Theron & Jennifer Aniston: It Pays To Be A Demanding Woman
When the recent Sony hacking scandal exposed the inner workings of the studio, one stunning surprise was the unequal pay between women and men in Sony’s huge 2013 hit American Hustle.
And this despite the fact that Amy Adams had been nominated for four Academy Awards, and that Jennifer Lawrence had won an Oscar for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook in 2012. Plus, JLaw was the star of The Hunger Games franchise, which had already earned hundreds of millions of dollars.
What’s up with that?
What’s up is that actresses — no matter how big their star power — have traditionally earned less than actors in Hollywood.
This sad fact is in line with the very well know fact that American women still only earn 76 cents for every dollar that men earn.
Just take note of the news that the highest paid man in Hollywood in 2013 was Robert Downey Jr., who raked in $75 million.
Meanwhile, the highest paid woman that year was Angelina Jolie, who topped out at $33 million.
Meanwhile, the next highest paid woman was Jennifer Lawrence, with a comparatively measly $26 million.
No wonder Charlize Theron had had enough!
When the blonde beauty, 39, was tapped to reprise her deliciously over-the-top role as the evil queen Ravenna from Snow White and the Huntsman, she refused to sign on unless she was paid $10 million — the same amount as Chris Hemsworth, who’ll play the huntsman.
It was only after she was granted an equal salary to Chris, that she agreed to join the film.
She proved that it literally pays to be a demanding woman. And it appears that Hollywood’s female talent will have to be demanding to stand up for what’s right.
It’s Great That Charlize Theron Stood Up For Equal Pay
Jennifer Aniston, 45, the star of the highly anticipated film Cake, says that she’s fed up with the unequal treatment of women in general, and in Hollywood specifically.
“We’re very much a sexist society,” she told The New York Times in a recent interview. “Women are still not paid as much as men. I’ve been up against that in negotiations myself.”
Hollywood has also recently been under criticism for not hiring enough female directors.
And in fact, Angelina Jolie, 39, who directed the huge hit Unbroken, and Shana Feste, who helmed Endless Love, were the only two women to direct a big studio film in 2014.
Unbroken has ended up being an unexpectedly big hit, raking in over $93 million so far in the U.S. box office.
Nevertheless, surprisingly, Angelina wasn’t recognized for her work at all with any Golden Globe nominations.
Listen, we don’t expect anyone to hold a pity party for female Hollywood stars who are still earning tens of millions of dollars.
But Hollywood celebrities are role models for tens of millions of Americans. And if some of the most powerful women in the country are still discriminated against, then it reinforces the idea that it’s OK to pay women less than men.
That idea needs to stop!
That’s why it’s great that Charlize stood up to a big studio and insisted that she get equal pay for equal work.
If more actresses follow her lead, then the movie-making industry may be forced to change its ways.
The revolution can influence corporations in all sorts of fields to end pay discrimination between men and women.
That can bring pay equality to you!
HollywoodLifers — do you admire Charlize Theron and Jennifer Aniston for speaking out against unequal pay for women? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller