In a speech at the Emmy Awards Sunday, Michelle Williams spoke out against the gender pay gap in Hollywood.
"Next time a woman – and especially a woman of color because she makes 52 cents a dollar compared to her white, male counterpart – tells you what she needs to do her job, hear her," Williams said. "Believe It."
Williams is credited with Emmy for Best Actress in a Limited Series or a TV Movie for her role as a dancer and Broadway actress as Gwen Vernon in Foz / Verdon. for a significant pay gap between Williams and Mark Wahlberg, her co-star in "All the Money in the World," for the 1
For 10 Days to Remedy, They Both were paid $ 80 a day – but Wahlberg received an additional $ 1.5 million. Wahlberg and his talent agency (which also represents Williams) have made a $ 2 million donation on behalf of Williams to a fund aimed at tackling pay inequality.
Below is Williams's full speech.
Thanks so much to the Television Academy for this and the incredible cast and crew who worked so hard to make this television show, especially for you, Sammy Rockwell. I know how hard you worked.
I see this in recognition of what is possible when a woman is trusted to recognize her own needs, feels secure enough to express them and is respected to be heard. When I asked for more dancing lessons, I heard yes. More voice lessons, yes. Different wig, a pair of fake teeth not made of rubber, yes. And all these things take effort and cost more money, but my bosses have never imagined that they know better than I do what I need to do my job and honor Gwen Verdon. And so I want to thank you so much for FX and Fox 21 Studios that they supported me fully and paid me the same because they understood that when you put value into a person, it enables that person to relate to their own intrinsic value and then where do they put that value? They put it into their work.
So the next time a woman – and especially a woman of color because she makes 52 cents a dollar compared to her white, male counterpart – tells you what she needs to do her job, listen. Believe her. Because one day she can stand in front of you and say thank you for letting her succeed in the midst of her workplace, not yet. Thank you. Matilda, this is for you, like everything else.