Yesterday when American actress Michelle Williams was honoured with the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Award at the Emmys, she made an empowering and emotional speech about the importance of paying men and women equally in the workforce.
She thanks FX and Fox 21 Studios for supporting her and most of all, paying her equally. “They understood that when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value and then where do they put that value? They put it into their work,” she says during the speech.
Word spread in 2017 that the actress was compensated a lot less (1,000 times less) than her male co-star Mark Wahlberg for the filming of All the Money in the World.
“So the Next time a woman - and especially a woman of colour - because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterpart, tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her," she exclaims. "Believe her, because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment, not in spite of it.”
Here’s to equal pay for women and men worldwide.