For a very long time it has been considered a faux pas for anyone to speak openly about their pay, especially in Hollywood.
But recently, as society struggles to make amends for misdeeds that are still occurring, women are refusing to remain silent in regards to pay discrepancies in Hollywood. Today, Tracee Ellis Ross joined the club.
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Beautiful, smart, funny and even self-deprecating at times, she makes us all feel comfortable in our own skin while watching her across all screens. However, she recently revealed that she hasnt exactly been feeling right about the disparity in pay between her and her “Black-ish” husband, Anthony Anderson, and that she isn’t afraid to do something about it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tracee reportedly told the studio that if her pay isnt brought to parity with that of her co-star that “she may opt to appear in fewer episodes to make up the disparity while making guest appearances on other shows.”
“The intent behind all of the statutes is [to rectify] the fact that traditionally, women and minorities have made less than Caucasian males because they didn’t know that they could ask for more, because it was a secret,” says Wendy Lane, head of Greenberg Glusker’s labor and employment group, in that story. The laws apply to both direct employers (like studios) and people acting as an intermediary (like a talent agency).”
“Transparency absolutely benefits women when negotiating,” says ICM Partners Jessica Lacy, a partner at the agency and head of its indie film financing division. “It’s paramount that we better understand how much disparity there is. Transparency is vital to ignite the spark for that conversation.”
Ross and Anderson have been the main stars since the show launched in 2014, and while both have been nominated for multiple awards, Ellis Ross won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017.
More to come on this developing story, which is definitely not going silent.