Are there better things Emma Stone’s co-stars could do to protest the gender pay gap than take a salary cut?
Is it just me, or does the news Emma Stone‘s male co-stars took a salary cut in previous films so they were all making the same money sound like a silly thing to do?
After all, surely there are better ways to protest the gender pay gap than every major star on the film making less?
Because doesn’t that then just allow the producers of the film, who are often male too, to keep more of the money the film costs and makes?
These thoughts were in my head today when I learned about Emma Stone’s co-stars agreeing to forgo some of their salary after an interview she did with Out magazine had Emma saying she often “needed” her male co-stars to take a pay cut so they could close the pay gap.
“That’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair.”
Because I’m sitting here thinking, sure, I understand the need for Stone to stand up for herself, and for all women in Hollywood who are treated unfairly when it comes to the money they make. But…
There are better things Emma Stone’s co-stars could do to protest the gender pay gap.
For instance, and just off the top of my head:
Donate the difference between their salary and Emma’s salary to an organization fighting for women to get equal pay.
The National Organization for Women — who have been fighting for equal pay and other women’s rights since 1966. Just imagine what they could do with the few million dollars Emma Stone’s male co-stars are forgoing.
AAUW — a grassroots organization empowering women since 1881. They work on public policy, campus initiatives, salary negotiations, educational funding and more. I’m sure they would be thrilled with a few million dollars too.
National Women’s Law Center — working on laws and policies that help women achieve equality.
Those are just three of the organizations in the U.S. working on women’s rights. There are many more in the rest of the world.