'Listen To Her': Michelle Williams Celebrates Equal Pay In Emmy Acceptance Speech
Accepting the award for lead actress in a limited series or movie at the 71st annual Emmy Awards, Michelle Williams made a bold statement.
Accepting the award for her role in the limited series 'Fosse/Verdon' where she played Gwen Verdon, Williams took to the stage saying:
"I see this as an acknowledgement of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feels safe enough to voice them and respected enough that they'll be heard."
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Williams is no stranger to the conversation about gender pay inequality. Following the decision to recast Kevin Spacey in the film 'All the Money in the World', it was revealed that Willams was paid less than $1,000 for the re-shoots, while her co-star Mark Wahlberg made $1.5 million.
Heading into 'Fosse/Verdon' it was announced that Williams would earn equal pay to her co-star Sam Rockwell. Rockwell, who played Bob Fosse, and Williams were both executive producers on the series.
"When I asked for more dance classes, I heard yes," Williams continued, "More voice lessons, yes. All these things, they required effort, and they cost more money, but my bosses never presumed to know better than I did."
Williams noted that she was able to obtain equal pay from FX and Fox Studios because, "they understood when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value".
"The next time a woman -- and especially a woman of colour because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white, male counterpart -- tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her,” Williams continued.
"Believe her, because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing to succeed because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it."
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