Awesome People Speaking Out Against Hollywoods Pay Gap

I feel like every woman on the planet is arguing FOR equal pay, these are just a handful of women who have been in the spotlight speaking about it. Honestly it's a semi-boring topic because duh were all about equal rights, but it just makes me love these people even more for speaking up and representing the sisterhood.
  1. Jodie Foster
    "In terms of pay, it’s hard for me to get interested in millionaires worried about who gets paid more...[but] these are conversations that we need to have in our culture. We need to have conversations about diversity all over the place, and inequality. Especially now, when the class inequality and financial inequality is larger than ever, and it really is the problem of our future. It’s something that we all need to look at and think about how to solve.”
  2. Sharon Stone
    “[It] has to start with regular pay, not just for movie stars, but regular pay for the regular woman in the regular job.”
  3. Jennifer Lawrence
    "When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself," she wrote on Lenny. "I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need. (I told you it wasn’t relatable, don’t hate me.)"
  4. Carey Mulligan
    “I think it’s a good thing for someone like Jennifer [Lawrence] to speak out; it means an awful lot to women . . . [The discrepancy] is inherently unfair and she has an enormous platform to speak out against it. Men in Hollywood look up to her because she is powerful. She’s using that platform to correct something that isn’t right. It’s a long overdue conversation and it’s admirable what she has done. This is an age-old issue that’s in every part of society.”
  5. Toni Collette
    "It’s a fucking sexist industry. I don’t understand why genitalia makes a difference. Creativity is creativity.”
  6. Kate Winslet
    "Hopefully these discussions will continue to support the efforts that are being made all over the world for the right to equal pay in this field and all other industries,” Winslet said. “Of course women should be paid the same as men,” she added. “Of course they should. Of course I should.”
  7. Sandra Bullock
    “It’s a bigger issue than money. That’s just a by-product. I keep saying, ‘Why is it that no one is standing up and saying you can’t say that about a woman?’ We’re mocked and judged in the media and articles. How men are described in articles versus women, there’s a big difference. I always make a joke: ‘Watch, we’re going to walk down the red carpet, I’m going to be asked about my dress and my hair while the man standing next to me will be asked about his performance and political issues.'l
  8. Jessica Chastain
    "There’s no excuse. There’s no reason why [Jennifer Lawrence] should be doing a film with other actors and get paid less than her male costars. It’s completely unfair. It’s not right. It’s been happening for years and years and years. I think it’s brave to talk about it. I think everyone should talk about it."
  9. Gwyneth Paltrow
    “It can be frustrating. It can be painful. Your salary is a way to quantify what you’re worth. If men are being paid a lot more for doing the same thing, it feels shitty.”
  10. Sienna Miller
    “It was a play with just two of us onstage and I was offered less than half of what he was going to be paid. If it was two men, it wouldn’t probably happen. Sad, but I walked away . . . The only way is to make a stand. We are going to have to make sacrifices to make change. I want to turn up and feel dignified.”
  11. Bradley Cooper
    "There’s a double standard in the whole world, yeah, for sure. This is just one aspect. Anytime there’s a place where a voice can come out and be outspoken—something Sienna did, or Jennifer—that’s great . . . I think it is making a difference."
  12. Amanda Seyfried
    "A few years ago, on one of my big-budget films, I found I was being paid 10 percent of what my male costar was getting, and we were pretty even in status. I think people think because I’m easygoing and game to do things, I’ll just take as little as they offer. But it’s not about how much you get, it’s about how fair it is.”
  13. Ryan Reynolds
    "It’s absolutely something that needs to be addressed. It’s a multi-faceted problem because it’s not just in film it’s in many industries. It’s frustrating. I watch my wife go through it, I watch her deal with that to a certain extent and I want for her what I’ve benefitted from for years. There needs to be some equality."
  14. Gillian Anderson
    Especially in this climate of women talking about the reality of [unequal pay] in this business, I think it’s important that it gets heard and voiced. It was shocking to me, given all the work that I had done in the past, to get us to be paid fairly. I worked really hard toward that and finally got somewhere with it."
  15. Meryl Streep
    "We have to be made equal. I will say that it [the pay gap] has to do with the distribution of films and how films are financed. The top ten buyers in the United States for films - for every territory - there is not one woman. Men and women have different tastes sometimes but if the people that are choosing what goes out into the multiplexes are all of one persuasion, the choice will be limited and then that will be a self-fulfilling prophecy, you see?'"
  16. Daniel Craig
    “Women are responsible for two thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only 10 percent of the total income and own 1 percent of the property... So, are we equals? Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.”
  17. Charlize Theron
    "I have to give them credit because once I asked, they said yes,’ she said, ‘They did not fight it. And maybe that’s the message: That we just need to put our foot down. This is a good time for us to bring this to a place of fairness, and girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing. It doesn’t mean that you hate men. It means equal rights. If you’re doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way."
  18. Patricia Arquette
    "To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America."
  19. Jon Hamm
    "[In the 1960s] working wives were a rarity, because their place was in the home, bringing up the kids. The women who did work were treated as second class citizens, because it was a male-dominated society. That was a fact of life then. But it wouldn’t be tolerated today, and that’s quite right in my book ... People look back on those days through a thick veil of nostalgia, but life was hard if you were anything other than a rich, powerful, white male."
  20. Keira Knightley
    "Where are the female stories? Where are they? Where are the directors, where are the writers? It’s imbalanced, so given that we are half the cinema-going public, we are half the people [who] watch drama or watch anything else, where is that? So yes, I think the pay is a huge thing, but I’m actually more concerned over the lack of our voices being heard."