NEWS: Gender Pay Gap Hits Hollywood Too
House of Cards actor, Robin Wright, has revealed that she won a behind the scenes argument with the Netflix show to achieve the same salary as co-star Kevin Spacey in the popular TV show now on its 5th series.
In the UK women are entitled to be paid the same as men for the same job or work of equal value. Yet, despite the Equal Pay Act being passed 45 years ago, women still earn less than men. The difference in pay between men and women remains the clearest example of inequality for women and the gender pay gap stands at 13.9% That’s a lot of money over a lifetime.
It now seems that even famous TV stars also face a gender pay gap.
Robin Wright plays the wife of Machiavellian President, Frank Underwood, in House of Cards. Her popularity ratings have been consistently better than co-star Kevin Spacey in the past few series of the show. She has starred in all 52 episodes of the show as well as directing.
She told an audience at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York that she had to threaten studio bosses with going public unless they agreed to equal pay – which they did.
According to the Huffington Post, Wright said:
“It was the perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards.” She said “I was like: ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin.”
Wright is not the first high-profile actor to speak out about the gender pay gap in Hollywood.
In 2015 Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence spoke out against men earning more than women in the film industry. Patricia Arquette used her 2015 Oscars acceptance speech to demand equal pay and rights for women in Hollywood.
Are you paid less then male colleagues? Your employer could be breaking the law in breach of the Equality Act 2010. Hopefully Robin Wright’s story will encourage more women to ask to be paid as much as the men.