Stars Sign Open Letter in Awareness of Gender Pay Discrimination

Ava DuVernay. Photo by Mark Von Holden/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9663566l)

There is no point denying that gender pay discrepancy is a real thing in Hollywood.

Only a few months ago it was revealed that Claire Foy who plays Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown was being paid less than her consort, Matt Smith.

Westworld actress, Evan Rachel Wood, also detailed that from season 3 she would receive the same pay as her male counterparts which, she says, has “never, never” happened before.

Dozens of actors and filmmakers including This Is Us stars, Sterling K. Brown and Mandy Moore, veteran actress Jane Fonda, Black Monday actor Don Cheadle, and director of Selma, Ava DuVernay, have signed an open letter to Hollywood addressing the issue.

“There is an egregious wage gap for historically female-majority crafts,” the letter stated. “It’s time for the Entertainment Industry to take a hard look at its pay and compensation practices above and below the line to make sure all productions meet the legal ― and moral ― requirement to pay fairly without discrimination.”

According to Forbes, the highest-earning actors in Hollywood between June 2017 and 2017 earned a combined total of $748.5 million compared to their female counterparts with $186 million.