Actress Charlize Theron urges women to stand up for equal pay
After negotiating a salary equal to her male co-star for her upcoming movie, Hollywood actress Charlize Theron has called on other women to take a stand when it comes to equal pay.
Theron said she was outraged when leaked Sony emails showed a gap in what male and female actors were paid for the film “American Hustle” and she insisted on being paid on par with co-star Chris Hemsworth for the Snow White sequel “The Huntsman”.
“I have to give them credit, because once I asked, they said yes,” Theron said in an interview with British magazine Elle UK.
“They did not fight it. And maybe that’s the message: that we just need to put our foot down.”
Women globally earn 77 percent of the amount paid to men, a figure that has improved by only three percentage points in the past 20 years, the International Labour Organization said.
South African-born Theron, 39, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of a serial killer in the 2003 film “Monster”, said women needed to stand up for equality and be proud to be feminists.