In Honor Of Equal Pay Day, Here Are 10 Famous Females Who Kept It Real About Getting Theirs

Today,  Tuesday, April 10 is Equal Pay Day, the national holiday is about bringing awareness about the drastic wage gaps and pay disparity between men and women across the world in the workplace. Equal pay has been an ongoing issue for women for YEARS, and in 2018, women in various work-related industries are cashing in much less than their male counterparts despite fulfilling the same job and work duties. There is even a larger pay disparity for women of color.

The lack of equal pay for women has made making money moves more a struggle with no resolution in sight. And sure, while being rich and famous has its perks, these women in Hollywood have been more than candid about the pay disparity in the entertainment industry in comparison to their male counterparts and co-stars.

All that glistens is indeed not gold, according to these women who have kept it very real about the lack of equal pay in the work world. Take a look at these 10 women who kept it real AF when it comes to equal pay and getting their coin.

1. Emma Watson

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Emma Watson may only be 27-years-old, but the Harry Potter alum has been using her voice to speak up about equal pay for women in all industries for years. In 2014 Watson made a speech at the United Nations that set the world abuzz.

“I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men,” Watson declared.

2. Jennifer Lawrence


Sony Entertainment’s email hack in 2015 made damaging emails public to the world and exposed the massive pay discrepancies that women in Hollywood were facing. Fans and the like were utterly stunned when they saw the vast pay difference Lawrence received for her role in the 2013 movie American Hustler, compared to her costars. After being kept quiet for two years, Lawrence was forced to address the difference in pay.

“I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early,” Lawrence candidly wrote in a letter in Lenny in 2015. “I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.” She added, “but if I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.'”

3. Oprah Winfrey

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Despite being one of the few self-made female billionaires in the world, Winfrey has been outspoken about women receiving equal pay for a long time.  Winfrey’s outspoken attitude about the wage gap has never faltered, and the former daytime talk show host and TV icon spoke to TIME Firsts, where she opened up about fighting to close the wage gap for female staffers working on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

“I built this show around myself and the producers. We were young women in our 30s trying to figure it out and find our own way,” Winfrey said. “I was making a lot of money, and my producers were still getting the same salary. I went to my boss at the time, and, I said, ‘Everybody needs a raise.’ And he said, ‘Why?’ ”

She continued saying, “He actually said to me, ‘They’re only girls. They’re a bunch of girls. What do they need more money for?’ I go, ‘Well, either they’re gonna get raises, or I’m gonna sit down. I will not work unless they get paid.’ And so they did.”

4. Carli Lloyd

Co-captain of the United States women’s national team,  and author of a forthcoming memoir, When Nobody Was Watching, the two-time Olympic gold medal winner wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times on joining four teammates to file a safe-discrimination complaint against U.S. Soccer in March.

“If I were a male soccer player who won a World Cup for the United States, my bonus would be $390,000. Because I am a female soccer player, the bonus I got for our World Cup victory last summer was $75,000,” she wrote.

“I understand that the men’s World Cup generates vastly more money globally than the women’s event, but the simple truth is that U.S. Soccer projects that our team will generate a profit of $5.2 million in 2017 while the men are forecast to lose almost $1 million. We get shortchanged coming and going.”

5. Catt Sadler

Shocking TV watchers everywhere, Catt Sadler, the longtime cohost of E! News, announced in December that she was leaving the network after more than 12 years of being with them. After many speculated on what could cause such a sudden departure, the world later learned that the reason, she chose to walk away from the network was because she had discovered her cohost and work colleague, Jason Kennedy, was making more than DOUBLE her annual salary.

“For me, in those moments, it was important to explain how I had been wronged and how I knew in my core that to stay would mean collaborating with an evil system,” she wrote in an essay for The Coveteur. “Swallowing my values was not an option. What happened to me was unfair.”

6. Priyanka Chopra

Chopra’s career may have taken off with the success of the hit show Quantico, and she may have shown us her expanding acting chops (and killer physique) in the Baywatch reboot, but Chopra has spoken out about not being entirely exempt of getting paid less than her male costars.

“It’s a scary place,” the actress told Glamour. “You will be rejected. I was rejected many times. I cried. I was told that female actors are replaceable in films because they stand behind a guy anyway. I’m still used to being paid — like most actresses around the world — a lot less than the boys,” she revealed. “We’re told we’re too provocative or that being sexy is our strength, which it can be, and it is, but that’s not the only thing we have.”

7. Amy Adams

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In 2016, Adams told Allure that unlike her American Hustler costar Lawrence, she fought to be paid as much as their American Hustler male costars.

“I negotiated, and I tried to get paid as much as Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper,” she told the mag. Even though Adams did put up a good fight, she admitted that her fear stopped her from fighting even harder. “I felt like if I kept pushing, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity,” she said. “So that’s on me. I’ve probably conceded to more that I disagree with as a woman because I felt like I had to.” She added, “I don’t like fighting. Sometimes I just go along with things even though I know they’re not in my best interest.”

8. Natalie Portman

In 2017, Oscar winner Natalie Portman revealed that she was paid just one-third as much as Ashton Kutcher for their 2011 film No Strings Attached.

“Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much as me on No Strings Attached,” Portman revealed to Marie Claire U.K. “I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ [the highest an actor has ever been paid] in Hollywood. His quote was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more…. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy.”

9. Emma Stone

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In 2017, the 29-year-old actress revealed that some of her male co-stars at one point gave up portions of their own salary in solidarity so she’d receive equal wages on set.

“In my career so far, I’ve needed my male costars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them,” Stone told Out magazine. “And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair. That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily—that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair.'”

10. Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo may be making $20 million a year now on her hit show, Grey’s Anatomy, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, Pompeo who has never been one to hold her tongue told the Hollywood Reporter, “At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than [him] just on principle because the show is Grey’s Anatomy and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me,” she said in regards to her pay discrepancy with castmate Patrick Dempsey. “And I could have walked away, so why didn’t I? It’s my show; I’m the number one. I’m sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, ‘I’m not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house.’”

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