Gender-based pay inequality is an international issue facing nearly every industry, including Hollywood. For years, women in the entertainment industry have been speaking out against the pay inequality that they’ve faced. Now, with movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up, voices from celebrities against pay inequality are only amplified. In honor of Women’s History Month in March, we’ve rounded up 18 powerful famous women who’ve called out the patriarchy in Hollywood and demanded equal pay.
And though the pay gap is a huge issue in Hollywood, it’s important to note that pay inequality stretches to industries far and wide. Women everywhere make 80 cents to every dollar a man earns, and enough is enough. There have been countless female celebrities who are taking a stand against pay inequality, like Patricia Arquette at the 2015 Oscars “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 our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
And Ellen Pompeo in her 2018 essay for The Hollywood Reporter, where she talked about fighting for a pay raise after her love interest quit the show. “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,’” she wrote. Read these celebrities’ empowering stories and more, ahead.