Emma Stone says if women had equal pay sexual harassment wouldn’t happen

Emma Stone says if women had equal pay sexual harassment wouldn’t happen

Actress Emma Stone was at The Hollywood Reporter round table recently with a group of women in the entertainment industry who are just as iconic as she — Jennifer Lawrence, Saoirse Ronan, Mary J. Blige, Jessica Chastain, and Allison Janney.


During the conversation the topic of sexual harassment was brought up as, since Harvey Weinstein was outed as a sexual predator last month, it is one of the most talked about subjects at the moment.

And Stone was asked if she thought, with all of the news stories coming out about sexual harassment lately, that things would begin to change in Hollywood.

But Stone flipped the conversation on its head when she said, “I think it’s a pandemic. It’s through every industry”, and then went on to talk about an article actress Brit Marling wrote recently about pay inequality.

“If we were paid equally. If women were paid equally in every industry, this would not be happening. I mean this is something that women have had to fit into these different boxes for so many years just to get work. And if these things are happening (sexual harassment), and they bring them to people’s attention, they’re much more likely to be fired in any industry than a man in a more powerful position”.

She went on to say, while of course this is a huge problem for the entertainment industry, “I would hope this is a tipping point for every industry, for us to discuss equal pay for equal work for women across every industry. Because that is a change we’ve been needing since the beginning of time”.

Watch Emma Stone talk about sexual harassment in Hollywood in The Hollywood Reporter video below.

And no, I don’t entirely agree with her, as I think sexual harassment goes much deeper than just women needing to be paid the same as men, but it would definitely be a step in the right direction.

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Michelle Topham

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