Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis has a message for Hollywood: “Give me what I’m worth.”
The actress was speaking at a Women in the World event in Los Angeles on Feb. 13 when she spoke candidly about the pay-wage gap between herself and her White counterparts.
“I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver,” said Davis. “I am nowhere near them. Not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, nowhere close to it.”
The Emmy award-winning actress said that she’s often compared to Streep, her Doubt co-star and friend.
“People say, ‘You’re a Black Meryl Streep … We love you. There is no one like you,” said the Julliard alum. “OK, then if there’s no one like me … pay me what I’m worth.”
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