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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 government is currently working on a new legislation that could see businesses being fined for not sharing pay-gap details.

Minister of State for Equality, David Stanton has brought forward the proposed legislation to clamp down on the gender pay-gap issue.

Companies with over 250 employees will have to share details of salaries, hourly pay, part-time workers’ wages and bonuses at least once a year.

The legislation will be expanded to smaller companies with 150 workers after two years, and then to companies with 50 employees a year after if the bill is passed.

Companies will also have to share details of the number of male and female employees at each level of the salary scale.

It is understood that companies who don’t share the details they will be fined and some cases may be brought towards the Circuit Court.

The bill, if passed, will apply to companies in both the private and public sector.

The gender pay-gap issue has been heavily highlighted in the entertainment industry, with The Crown’s Claire Foy being paid substantially less than her co-star Matt Smith.

However, this isn’t an issue that just affects the entertainment industry, with a submission from the Women's Council of Ireland revealing that working mums earn 14 percent less than their male colleagues.

On average, women who don’t have children earned 17 percent less than their male counterparts.


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.


Third level colleges and institutions across the country have been told they will lose out on access to research funding if they are found to be involved in gender discrimination.

Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, warned that colleges have “nowhere to hide” should they fail to promote more deserving female colleagues to senior positions.

As it stands, women make up less that have of lecturers in universities across the country, with even less at higher grades such as associate professor and professor.

Speaking to The Irish Times, Minister O'Connor said: “We need to send a message loud and clear to the institutions. There is nowhere to hide now. We want to see results. And there will be penalties.”

What's more, State funding will also be withheld if institutions fail to meet performance targets.

Speaking on the importance of these new measures, she said: “Young women are going into college, getting high points, so why are so few reaching professorships?”

“ What kind of message are we giving to young girls? They need to see role models in third level education.”



Minister for Equality, Charlie Flanagan has said he wants to see progress on the gender pay gap issue across all sectors of society and stated the problem is “much bigger than RTÉ.”

It's been estimated that men earn on average 14 per cent more than women in Ireland, a figure Mr Flanagan said was “too high”, adding: “I want that narrowed.”

He made the comments at the launch of a consultation process in which members of the public were invited to take part.

Employers, educational institutions, trade unions and members of the public will now have six weeks to make submissions on what can be done to tackle the situation.

The issues came under the spotlight after the BBC published a list of its highest earners, most of whom were men.

RTÉ then followed suit by revealing the pay details of its top 10 highest earners for 2015.

Only three women made the list – Miriam O'Callaghan, Marian Finucane and Claire Byrne.

Mr Flanagan said he eager to hear the public's opinion and invited RTÉ to participate in the process: "I invite RTÉ and all other stakeholders to participate in what can be an exciting endeavour as we move towards the equality agenda and narrowing the gap that I've said is far too broad."



If this doesn't shake up the BBC, we don't know what will.

More than 40 female presenters, broadcasters and journalists from the BBC have all teamed up together to demand equal pay.

The professionals sent a letter regarding the gender pay gap to BBC Director-General Tony Hall, asking him to work on closing the gap immediately.

It comes after it was revealed that Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans earned more than £2 million (€2.23m) last year, while the highest paid woman was Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman who earned between £450,000-£499,999 (€500,000-€556,000).

The letter, which was created by Women's Hour host Jane Garvey, asks if Mr Hall could "sort" the gender pay gap immediately.

Jane tweeted out the letter herself, with the caption "Revolting."

The letter is as follows:

"The pay details released in the Annual report showed what many of us have suspected for many years … that women at the BBC are being paid less than men for the same work.

"Compared to many women and men, we are very well compensated and fortunate. However, this is an age of equality and the BBC is an organisation that prides itself on its values.

"You have said that you will ‘sort’ the gender pay gap by 2020, but the BBC has known about the pay disparity for years. We all want to go on the record to call upon you to act now.

"Beyond the list, there are so many other areas including production, engineering and support services and global, regional and local media where a pay gap has languished for too long.

"This is an opportunity for those of us with strong and loud voices to use them on behalf of all, and for an organisation that had to be pushed into transparency to do the right thing.

"We would be willing to meet you to discuss ways in which you can correct this disparity so that future generations of women do not face this kind of discrimination."

As of today, it has been signed by:

  • Aasmah Mir

  • Katya Adler

  • Anita Anand

  • Wendy Austin

  • Samira Ahmed

  • Clare Balding

  • Emma Barnett

  • Zeinab Badawi

  • Sue Barker

  • Fiona Bruce

  • Rachel Burden

  • Annabel Croft

  • Martine Croxall

  • Victoria Derbyshire

  • Katie Derham

  • Lyse Doucet

  • Jane Garvey

  • Joanna Gosling

  • Fi Glover

  • Carrie Gracie

  • Orla Guerin

  • Karin Giannone

  • Mishal Husain

  • Lucy Hockings

  • Geeta Guru-Murthy

  • Alex Jones

  • Kirsty Lang

  • Gabby Logan

  • Martha Kearney

  • Carolyn Quinn

  • Kasia Madera

  • Katty Kay

  • Emily Maitlis

  • Louise Minchin

  • Sarah Montague

  • Jenni Murray

  • Annita McVeigh

  • Elaine Paige

  • Sally Nugent

  • Angela Rippon

  • Ritula Shah

  • Sarah Smith

  • Kate Silverton

  • Charlotte Smith

  • Kirsty Wark


Discussion surrounding the Hollywood pay gap hasn't been far from the headlines in recent years, with a vast number of actresses rightfully condemning the lack of equality between the genders in the entertainment industry.

However, it sounds like a number of male stars have made attempts to close the pay gap by taking paycuts in order to ensure equality between themselves and their female co-stars.

Weighing in on the discussion during a recent interview with Out magazine, Emma Stone revealed that a number of her male co-stars have called for a pay cut in order to match her salary.

"In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them," she revealed. "And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair."

"That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily – that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair," she stressed.

Explaining the impact their gesture has on her career, she continued: "If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life."

Without naming names, Emma paid tribute to the men she has starred alongside throughout her career, and explained that they were determined to right the industry's wrong where they could.

"And that’s really what I’ve been so grateful for with male co-stars – when I’ve been in a similar-size role in films, and it’s been multiple people who have been really incredible and said, ‘That’s what I want to do. That’s what’s fair and what’s right.'"

We're not naming any names either, but feel free to cast your mind over Emma's films to date…

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Today, the Seanad will debate the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2017.

If made into law, the Bill would require organisations with more than 50 employees to publish regular wage surveys aimed at measuring their internal Gender Pay Gaps.

'The EU figures show that in Ireland, women currently earn around 13.9 per cent less than men – better than the equivalent gap in the UK, where the difference is 19.5 per cent, but still impacting significantly on women’s careers and incomes,' wrote Labour Party Senator Ivana Bacik in her column for The Journal.

'Put another way, that figure equates to women in full time employment working for free in Ireland for about one month of every year.'

'Following the introduction of European pay equality directives, we passed equal pay legislation in Ireland more than forty years ago, in 1974, yet women still have not achieved anything close to pay parity with our male colleagues.'

The bill will be brought to Seanad attention today to be discussed by the Government. 

'Labour understands that there is a range of factors, including the issue of unconscious bias, which contributes to gender inequality in the workplace,' commented spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs, Jan O’Sullivan.



The gender pay gap is one of the very last frontiers to expose in Ireland to create true equality between the sexes. 

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. 

The Irish Government intends to introduce gender pay gap wage surveys for companies with 50 or more employees.

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'

The IMPACT Trade Union has been working tirelessly to amplify awareness of the pay gap in Ireland, and previously developed a highly intuitive #ClockedOut campaign to address the 71 minutes per day that women are essentially working for free compared to their male counterparts. 

'It’s great to see that the new National Women’s Strategy has committed to the principle of gender pay gap reporting,' said IMPACT spokesperson Lughan Deane

'This is a major breakthrough in the campaign for gender pay equality in Ireland. IMPACT is proud to have played a role in that campaign.'

A Labour Party gender pay gap reporting Bill will be introduced in the Senate later this month.


People can be a little shy when it come to talking about their salaries, but with unions fighting the gender pay gap and more millennials in the workforce than ever before, it's a pretty important topic. 

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, but in one industry, women are the higher earners.  

A new report by Influencer found that female social media influencers are earning substantially more than men, completely flipping the gender pay gap. 


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A woman with 100,000 followers can earn up to €50,000 from posting two sponsored posts a week, while her male counterpart would earn approximately €37,000 for the same work. 

This means that in the world of influencers, men earn about 26 per cent less than women in the same field. 

According to the report, there are a few reasons for this.


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The researchers believe that this increase comes from the genres of interest that are popular online. Im som,e of these genres, women are the most prominent players.

‘Female influencers are commanding higher fees than their male counterparts, flipping the traditional pay gap on its head,' said Ben Jeffries, the 21-year-old founder of Influencer. 

'Perhaps this is due to the exponential rise of fashion and fitness collaborations on social media, where female influencers are very prominent.’


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Fashion and fitness social media profiles are among the most popular, with the likes of Chiara Ferragni, Zoella, and Suzanne Jackson leading the pack. 

With influencing now being a viable way for people to earn their full-time income, the fact that influential social media posts can now fetch such high sums is astounding. 


Tánaiste, Francis Fitzgerald has today launched the new National Strategy for Women and Girls, calling Ireland ‘’an unfinished democracy in terms of representation of women.’’

The reports highlights almost 140 actions aimed at creating equality across government departments.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions said that a number of measures included in strategy had the capacity “to ensure real improvements for women workers, if they are fully-implemented and delivered upon.”

While the Tánaiste said she feels equal to her male colleagues, she recognised that this might not always be the case.

"It's about making sure there is a critical mass of women involved in decision making across our society, and we still don't have that," she said.

In response to the publication of the National Women’s Strategy, Congress Equality Officer, David Joyce, highlighted the issue of the gender pay gap and noted that the strategy includes an ‘’important new provision’’ on this topic.

He explained, ‘’Companies of more than 50 employees [will be] required to complete wage surveys and report gender pay gaps.’’

‘’This is an important step in tackling gender-based pay inequality and we look forward to seeing this measure fully implemented.’’

The publication also includes plan to extend the provision of breast feeding breaks in the workplace.

However, despite the positive steps forward, David Joyce did say that Congress was disappointed at the strategy’s failure to commit to the Living Wage for female workers.

The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment also expressed shock at the omission of plans to widen abortion services.

They said, ‘’It is bizarre that the Strategy makes no reference to the widening of abortion services, beyond a bland mention of the forthcoming report by the Citizen’s Assembly.’’





The gender pay gap is one of the very last frontiers to tackle in the pursuit for true equality between the sexes.

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. 

The possible existence of a pay gap between the sexes is completely unacceptable in modern society, and worker's unions SIPTU and IMPACT are calling on women to get involved with a campaign to raise awareness for the issue.  

Women are posting their 'clocked out " selfies to mark the moment that they essentially begin working for free. 

"We’re asking working women in Ireland to post a #ClockedOut selfie at 15.50 today (and every day) to mark the moment the Pay Gap kicks in," reads a Twitter post from IMPACT Trade Union.

"That is, the moment Irish women effectively stop being paid in comparison with their male colleagues."

The submission found that there are many different reasons for the gender pay gap, one being the fact that women are "disproportionately represented in the lowest paid sectors of the economy."

While over 70 per cent of senior and managerial positions are held by men, 84 per cent of caring, leisure and other services and almost 80 per cent of administrative and secretarial positions are held by women

 So, will you be snapping yourself with the hashtag?