Demand Equal Pay for Women in Film

Gender Pay Gap

Target: U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy

Goal: Call on the movie industry to pay women more than a fraction of what male actors make.

One actress has come forward to say that she was paid only 10 percent of what her male costar made in a recent movie even though they both have about the same level of fame and appeal. Amanda Seyfried doesn’t want to reveal which movie it was or who co-starred in it, but decided to speak out about this huge unfair pay gap.

Seyfried is not the only actress who has spoken up about unfair pay in Hollywood. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda of Grace and Frankie revealed that although they’re the main characters of the show and have more screen time, they’re not getting paid more than the show’s male supporting actors. Leaked emails from Sony exposed significant earnings gaps between the male and female leads of The Huntsman and that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence were only getting seven percent of back-profits from American Hustle while their male counterparts were each getting nine percent.

Actresses like Amanda Seyfriend and Jennifer Lawrence are beloved Hollywood icons. They deserve just as much pay as any male co-stars if they’re doing just as much work. It’s absolutely ridiculous that these women would make millions less than men just because of their gender. These pay gaps need to end.

Senator Patrick Leahy has already created a bill to call on FIFA to end the pay gap for female soccer players. This is a great first step and he should continue by creating legislation calling on film companies to stop cheating actresses out of the pay they’re perfectly willing to hand to male actors. Sign to urge Senator Leahy to call for an end to the Hollywood pay gap.


Dear Senator Leahy,

I understand that you’ve introduced a resolution in the Senate to call on FIFA to start paying their female players as much as their male players. This is a fantastic move and a no-brainer for anyone who believes in gender equality. Unfortunately, even if the resolution passes, there’s much more to be done.

I want to call your attention to the Hollywood pay gap. Actresses are being paid just a fraction of what their male co-stars are paid, as revealed by women like Amanda Seyfried who discovered she was only getting ten percent of the money of her male counterpart in a recent movie. More and more actresses are coming forward with similar stories, including those who have just as much if not more international appeal than the men acting alongside them.

This is just as unacceptable as the FIFA pay gap. Please use your power to introduce another resolution, this time to call on film companies to end their own problem with gender discrimination.


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Photo credit: Mike Licht

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