Gender disparity has been in the spotlight lately as a number of A-list actresses have spoken out about making a fraction of the salary as their male counterparts for the same amount of work.
Fortunately, this is not the case with the new Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker.
BBC Director Tony Hall confirmed that Whittaker will be making a comparable pay for the the show as Peter Capaldi, the current (male) Doctor Who.
“Yes, there is parity for the same amount of work,” Hall confirmed to the Evening Standard, a question that arose after BBC’s top stars’ salaries were released to the public, revealing shocking disparities in pay between men and women.
Glamour notes that Natalie Portman made one third of what co-star Ashton Kutcher made for the 2011 film No Strings Attached, illuminating that this is by no means a past problem for modern-day women: men are still making several times what women are for doing the same amount of work (and the problem is exacerbated for women of color.)
Journalists need to continue asking this question and movie executives need to press for equal pay for their female actors. The fact that Whittaker will be making the same amount of money as Hall, who leaves the show after the Christmas episode, should not be note-worthy. This should not be an article that passes for news. Equal pay should be so common-place, in both Hollywood and our day-to-day jobs, that it isn’t unusual — or even possible — to report on.
That said, it is both noteworthy and surprising right now, and likely will be for some time. We should applaud BBC for taking the steps to compensate women for their work the same as men.
Whittaker is breaking boundaries in more ways than one with her casting as the first female Doctor, a move that has been trashed by trolls online.
“It feels completely overwhelming; as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be,” Whittaker told BBC of the role.
We’re sure ready for her.