Thursday, February 26, 2015

Equal pay for Women , Why not?

Equal Pay Rights for Women .......
Why not till now ???

Patricia Arquette injected a lot of political color into the 87 th Academy Award ceremony last Sunday by calling for equal pay for women at the end of her acceptance speech for best supporting actress.

Arquette won the award by playing Olivia the troubled twice divorced mother of two kids in the movie Boyhood which was filmed in 12 years and was a major hit at the box office.

Her speech concluded with the charged up comments:  “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 time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

The speech received wild cheers from the audience, the camera focused on Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez getting out of their seats , clapping and waving their arms.

Equal wage has been a controversial a subject in Hollywood as in the rest of America.
A very recent Sony hacking scandal exposed the inner workings of the studio, one stunning surprise was the unequal pay between women and men in Sony’s huge 2013 hit American Hustle.

Hacked emails revealed that American Hustle‘s female stars, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, were paid 23 percent less than male stars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner. This was a disturbing rather alarming piece of information based on the fact that Amy Adams had been nominated for four Academy Awards, and that Jennifer Lawrence had won an Oscar for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook in 2012. Lawrence is the star of The Hunger Games franchise, which had already earned hundreds of millions of dollars.

How ironic ? It is after all the United States of America we are talking about people not a third world country !

My point of concern is why female A list actresses have not fought for equal pay rights . It is their right and some of them are recognized by the public way more then their male counterparts.

Actress Charlize Theron the star of 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman reportedly negotiated a salary equal to her male costar, Chris Hemsworth, for Universal’s forthcoming prequel, The Hunstman, slated for release in April 2016.
“Charlize insisted that she get paid the same money as Chris,” a statement released from an anonymous source.
Named one of the highest-paid actresses of 2013 by Forbes, Theron successfully negotiated the deal (the salary inequality exposed by the Sony hack certainly didn’t hurt her case).

South African–born Theron has been an outspoken activist for an number of causes. She founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project in 2007 to combat HIV/AIDS among young people, served as spokesperson for the United Nations’ Stop Rape Now program and PETA’s anti-fur campaigns.

Her latest pay negotiation sends a message to Hollywood executives that it is "OK "to pay equally to both male and female actors.

If one actress can fight for her right why can't many others.Bravo to Patricia Arquette for that rousing speech in front of a world wide audience and kudos to Charlize Theron for showing others how it is done  ........... I assume that movie executives and Hollywood is ready for a revolution !!