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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Equal Pay in Emmy Speech

From Naomi Cahn (GW), writing for Forbes:

When Michelle Williams accepted a 2019 Emmy for best actress in a limited series or TV movie for her role as the Broadway dancer and actress Gwen Verdon in FX’s “Fosse/Verdon,” she started with the normal thank yous, and ended with the gender wage gap:

 "The next time a woman — and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white, male counterpart — tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her. Believe her."

As Williams well knows from personal experience, there is a substantial pay gap in Hollywood, and, in 2018, only one female actor – Scarlett Johansson — appeared on the list of the top 10 highest earning actors.  

In fact, the top 10 women actors earned – together – about a quarter of what the top 10 male actors earned. And, as Williams’s acceptance speech points out, that gap goes well beyond Hollywood. The U.S. Women’s Soccer team, which won the World Cup earlier this year,  is scheduled for a trial on its gender pay gap lawsuit next May.  The U.S. Women’s players earn 38 cents on each dollar paid to men’s players.  

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