“Once we start shifting how we perceive women and stop thinking about them as “less than,” the pay disparity will take care of itself. There’s a much bigger issue at hand.”
Beyoncé Knowles Carter
"Equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don't make as much money as men do. I don't understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat?"
“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.”
"I think people think that just because I'm easy going and game to do things, I'll just take as little as they offer. It's not about how much you get, it's about how fair it is."
"It's vital that we're all equally treated. I hope the conversation around pay in Hollywood has a bigger effect on society as a whole and that it isn't ultimately self-serving. It would be a shame for it to become just a conversation about that."
“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."”
"Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar. 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."
“Creativity is genderless. Money is genderless. We’re all human. The [pay] imbalance is crazy.”
"I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts...I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men."
"If I were to tell you what I got paid for movies, you would laugh."
"We wanted equal pay. That made us nasty. That made us targets."
“I walked away from a play I wanted to do because I was offered less than half of what the other man was offered and it was just the two of us."
"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."
"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."
“We need to reevaluate women who ask for a pay raise or ask for a promotion. It's actually an okay thing. It's okay to be ambitious, it's okay to be over-prepared."