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Hollywood is notorious for it's lack of consideration for the importance of equal pay. Actresses have continuously lost out on wages to male co-stars who are contributing the exact same or less to the project than them.

Robert Pattinson has now weighed in on the gender pay gap in Hollywood, claiming that he'd work without pay if it meant securing great actresses. Um, we heart?

The actor signed a #MeToo 'behavioural contract' before signing onto a Netflix original project out later this year. The King also stars Lily Rose-Depp and Timothée Chalamet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Most famously, Michelle Williams was paid EIGHT TIMES less than Mark Wahlberg for All the Money in the World, and earned just $1,000 for the reshoots. Bear in mind that Mark isn't exactly Oscars material, yet he was given $1.5 million.

The highest-paid actress of last year, Scarlett Johansson, made $198.5 million less than the highest-paid actor, George Clooney.

High-profile Times Up activist Jessica Chastain was given roughly $1.75 million for The Martian, while Matt Damon allegedly earned as much as $25 million. Wow.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pattinson, who found fame after starring in Twilight, told The Sunday Times;

“If it’s a question of me being paid more and getting a worse actress, or me being paid less and getting a better actress, I’ll do it for fucking free." We stan a Times Up supporter.

He also divulged why he never speaks openly about his romantic life, saying;

"If you let people in, it devalues what love is," he says. The actor is currently dating Suki Waterhouse.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"If a stranger on the street asked you about your relationship, you’d think it extremely rude. If you put up a wall it ends up better."

We're guessing he keeps his cards close to his chest, love-wise, since the whole Kristen Stewart cheating scandal. He sounds like a sound feminist lad, one you'd bring home to your granny for sure,

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The gender pay gap is a topic that just isn't going away.

And when it comes to Claire Foy and Matt Smith's pay for their respective roles in the Netflix drama, The Crown, it seemed that all was finally well in terms of fairness. 

Sadly, however, this doesn't seem to be the case.

It was first reported in late April that Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II  in the TV series, was receiving less pay than her co-star Matt Smith, who plays her on-screen husband, Prince Philip.

Variety had said that the producers of the royal drama had actually confirmed that she earned less for the first two seasons of the show.

Matt's salary has never been disclosed, but Variety had revealed that Claire took home $40,000 an episode.

She told Entertainment Weekly at the time, "I’m surprised because I’m at the centre of it, and anything that I’m at the centre of like that is very, very odd, and feels very, very out of ordinary. But I’m not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’

Producer Susan Mackie also said, "going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen."

With all of this attention on the pay gap within the show, it has now been brought to light that Claire actually isn't getting back-paid for her work.

"That was what was reported that I was back-paid. I've never mentioned anything about it and neither have the producers. The fact that that is 'fact' – is not quite correct,'' she told Al Arabiya

“Yes it’s Netflix, but it’s a British production company. It happened at the same time as it was coming out with a lot of other people that there was a lot of pay inequality across the board—in the music industry, in journalism, in every industry. It’s across the board that it became part of a bigger conversation, which is an odd place to find yourself in."

What do you think of this latest development?

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Claire Foy won the hearts of many for her Golden Globe-winning role as Queen Elizabeth on The Crown, however, fans were hugely disappointed when reports that she was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith came to light last month. 

It was revealed that Smith, who plays Prince Philip in the Netflix drama, earned a whopping £10,000 more per episode.

In light of the controversy, reports are now claiming that Claire, 33, is set to receive a lump sum of £200,000 (€226,880) from the production company. 

Speaking about the pay gap, the actress recently admitted she was embarrassed by the whole thing, but insisted it was an eye-opening moment that would stick with her for the rest of her career. 

"It definitely opened my eyes to a lot. And I certainly won't be naïve about those things," Foy sad.

"It's really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about, and what I'm allowed to stand up for myself about.

"And I think that's really changed my approach to myself and other women in this industry. It's been only a positive thing – even though, embarrassing."

Matt Smith also commented on the situation, saying how he supported his co-star "completely." 

"I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it, because that's what needs to happen," he said.

A new cast will take over Foy and Smith's roles in the next season of The Crown, with an air date yet to be revealed.

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We utterly adore Claire Foy on The Crown, and we will be so sad to see her go for the third series. Her performance is so compelling and, as the main character, we assumed the mum-of-one was the highest paid actor on set.

However, this wasn't the case, it was recently revealed. People were astounded to hear that her co-star, Matt Smith, was paid more than the talented actress. The show’s producers said that Matt received more due to his previous work on Doctor Who.

Thankfully Suzanne Mackie, who is the executive producer of The Crown, stated that from now on, “No one gets paid more than the Queen.”

Beyond being a learning moment for the series' producers, Claire says she has gleaned something from the pay gap issue as well.

"It definitely opened my eyes to a lot. And I certainly won't be naïve about those things," the 34-year-old explained to The Telegraph.

The Golden Globe winner reportedly earned $40,000 per episode. The figure for Matt's salary has not been disclosed.

With this in mind, Claire reflected, "It's really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about, and what I'm allowed to stand up for myself about.

"And I think that's really changed my approach to myself and other women in this industry. It's been only a positive thing – even though, embarrassing."

Matt Smith has also spoken out regarding the pay gap controversy and reiterated his support for his on-screen wife.

"Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

The former Doctor Who star agreed with Claire about improving conditions for women in the industry, and beyond:

“Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries."

The series will return early next year, with Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies now taking over the regal roles of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

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Netflix series The Crown was the centre of a huge pay-gap scandal earlier this year. It was revealed that star of the popular drama series Claire Foy was paid substantially less than her co-star Matt Smith.

The pair may have stolen viewers hearts with their emotional and jaw-dropping performances as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, but fans of the show were extremely disappointed to hear that the Doctor Who star was paid more than Claire Foy.

It is understood that Claire received £40,000 per episode for the first two series of the show, with Matt earning far more, although his exact earnings have not been disclosed.

The show’s producers admitted that the actor received more due to his previous work on the BBC series Doctor Who.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Matt stated, “Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all.”

He admitted that he was relieved to hear that the matter had been sorted out, “I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that’s what needed to happen.”

He believes that we need to work harder to make all workplaces more equal, “Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries."

Suzanne Mackie, who is the executive producer of The Crown, stated that from now on, “No one gets paid more than the Queen.”

The next series of The Crown is rumoured to air early next year, however, Netflix has not released an official air date yet. There will be a brand new cast with Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies taking over as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

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While the gender pay gap is not necessarily news to us, it's interesting (and saddening) to see how unequal pay affects our funds over longer periods of time.

New research from the UK has found that women will earn about a quarter of a million euro less than men over the course of a lifetime.

Unfortunately, the pay gap begins right when young women enter the workforce.

Young women aged 22 to 29 are paid an average of £1,500 (€1,700) less than their male peers each year, BreakingNews.ie reports.

The study found that the pay gap widens to an astonishing £7,600 (€8,600) a year when women and men reach their 50s.

The Young Women's Trust in the UK, who compiled the data, estimates that this means women are paid £223,000 (€254,500) less than men over a lifetime.

This vast financial difference can often be attributed to fewer women being in senior roles, gender-based discrimination, and the caring responsibilities that women are often expected to shoulder.

Dr Carole Easton, Young Women's Trust's chief executive, commented on the results, saying:

'We know that many young women are struggling to make ends meet because they are more likely to be on low pay. Discrimination and unequal caring arrangements still prevent them progressing at work and reaching higher salary bands.'

'We need to help more women into male-dominated sectors and into senior positions. Helping parents share childcare more equally and supporting women back into the workforce after taking time out through flexible working opportunities would make a big difference, too.'

She added, 'Where companies find they have a gap, there should be a requirement to put in place a plan to close it. Without action, today's young women face a lifetime of unequal pay.

We seriously hope this discriminatory practice ends so that we and women in generations to come don't find ourselves at a financial disadvantage.

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Catt Sandler left E! News two months ago after she became aware of a massive wage gap between herself and her male co-host. 

In a statement posted on her website, the 43-year-old news anchor confirmed that she made the decision after learning of a “massive disparity in pay” between her and co-host Jason Kennedy.

'An executive from E! brought something alarming to my attention — namely, that there was a massive disparity in pay between my similarly situated male co-host and myself,' she wrote at the time.

 

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Catt went on to reveal the scale of the pay gap, explaining how her male co-anchor had been earning almost twice her salary for the past number of years.

Now, Catt has revealed E!'s response to her leaving her position. 

According to a personal essay written by the presenter: 

 

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'For me, in those moments, it was important to explain how I had been wronged and how I knew in my core that to stay would mean collaborating with an evil system,' she wrote.

'Swallowing my values was not an option. What happened to me was unfair.'

'After exhausting all attempts to make things right, I asked the decision makers face to face, “Why?” “Why is he, in your opinion, worth so much more than I am? Is he doubly good at his job?'

'Their response? “We’re obviously just looking through a different lens than you.” Yes, the “he’s a male and therefore gets preferential treatment” lens.'

Here here, Catt. 

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Gender pay gaps in the entertainment industry (or any industry for that matter) are sadly nothing new, but the sheer scale of the latest discrepancy has left people furious.

It's been reported that Michelle Williams was paid just $80 per day to reshoot scenes for Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World – less than one per cent of Mark Wahlberg's reported fee of $200,000 per day.

The film had originally starred Kevin Spacey, however after a series of allegations emerged claiming that the star had sexually harassed a number of young males, Ridley made the immediate decision to re-cast Christopher Plummer in the leading role.

As a result, a total of 22 scenes needed to be reshot over the course of 10 days at the cost of $10 million.

An report published in The Washington Post last November reported that Mark Wahlberg had been paid “at last $2 million” for the extra work, while Michelle Williams was paid “a figure in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

This claim was later rubbished by the director to told the publication that “everyone did it for nothing,” adding, “they all came in for free.”

However, a tweet from Melissa Silverstein has raised the question of payments once again, with claims that Michelle took home a tiny fraction of her co-star's salary.

“On the day after display of female power at the #goldenglobes, I learned that there was an egregious pay gap between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg for the All The Money In The World reshoot,” she wrote.

In an article published today by USA Today, three people “familiar with the situation but not authorised to speak publicly” said Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million in total for the reshoots and Williams was paid just $80 per day, less than $1000 in total.

Needless to say, the news has sparked outrage across the Twittershpere.

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The gender pay gap is an issue that, by now, should be in the past, but it's still a reality for many Irish women. 

A submission from the Irish Women's Council of Ireland found that on average, childless women earn 17 per cent less than men, while working mothers earn 14 per cent less than their male counterparts. 

Now, the Government is to host a meeting on the gender pay gap in Dublin.

The symposium is set to happen on Wednesday next week. 

According to RTE, the meeting will see senior policymakers, business representatives, trades unions and academics come together to debate the issue. 

In the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020, the Government made a commitment to report the results of to intends to publish the results of such surveys, to get a clear picture of the wage gap landscape in this country. 

'A series of measures are proposed to address the gender pay gap,' reads the National Strategy for Women and Girls.

'These will include the introduction of wage surveys to be undertaken by companies with more than 50 employees and the development of practical tools to enable companies to calculate and to address the gender pay gap'

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In a move which has made history, Iceland has become the first country in the world to make it illegal to pay men more than women.

It has been established that the new legislation, which came into force on Monday, will make it necessary for companies and government agencies with more than 25 employees to obtain government certification for their equal-pay policies.

Failure to comply with the legislation, which represents the country's mission to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022, will result in monetary fines.

Board member of the Icelandic Women's Rights Association, Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, elaborated on the new system, saying: "It's a mechanism to ensure women and men are being paid equally."

"We have had legislation saying that pay should be equal for men and women for decades now but we still have a pay gap."

"Women have been talking about this for decades and I really feel that we have managed to raise awareness, and we have managed to get to the point that people realise that the legislation we have had in place is not working, and we need to do something more," Pind added.

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Catt Sadler has left her role at E! News after more than a decade with the US television network.

The star revealed her departure in a tweet posted on Monday saying: “It’s true. Today will be my last day on #DailyPop and @enews. I hope you’ll tune in so I can thank you for the memories. I love you guys SO much it hurts.”

In a statement posted on her website, the 43-year-old news anchor confirmed that she made the decision after learning of a “massive disparity in pay” between her and co-host Jason Kennedy.

“An executive from E! brought something alarming to my attention — namely, that there was a massive disparity in pay between my similarly situated male co-host and myself,” she wrote.

Catt went on to reveal the scale of the pay gap, explaining how her male co-anchor had been earning almost twice her salary for the past number of years.

“More recently, when E! reached out to renew and extend my deal, I learned that he wasn’t just making a little more than I was. In fact, he was making close to double my salary for the past several years,” she continued.

“Know your worth.  I have two decades experience in broadcasting and started at the network the very same year as my close friend and colleague that I adore.”

She continued: “It was important for me to explain my departure. I did not want to disappear from your television screens and have you wonder why. Thank you for your precious time all these years. Thank you for the support. Thank you for the constant exchange of ideas on social media as well. This chapter is over and a new one begins.”

According to reports, while Catt did attempt to negotiate for equal pay, the network offered her a number that was “not even remotely close” to Jason's salary.

Speaking to People magazine the mother-of-two said: "It's almost insulting because you know you work really hard. I'm a single mom of two kids. I've given my all to this network.

"I've sacrificed time away from my family and I have dedicated my entire career to this network. And when you learn something like that, it makes you feel very small and underappreciated and undervalued. It's heartbreaking…”

Fan were quick to offer Catt messages of love and support:

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If you've been anywhere near social media in the last few hours, you'll be well aware that today is Equal Pay Day.

And while the hashtag is circulating far and wide, not everyone is fully aware as to why November 10 was chosen to mark this day.

Put simply, if you shave 14 per cent  – the current gender pay gap in Ireland – off the entire year, you land on November 10, which marks the day when women essentially stop being paid for their work.

According to the Fawcett Society, women in their twenties can expect to be paid 5.5 per cent less than men while women in their fifties experience an i8.6 per cent disparity.

Twitter has been having its say on the issue all morning, and it's fair to say the matter is a divisive one.

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