"PAY ME WHAT I'M WORTH!" - #ViolaDavis
Updated: Mar 1, 2018
"If there's no one like me, you pay me what I'm worth,'" David said during the Women in the World Los Angeles Salon.
Viola Davis is one of my faaaaaaaavorite actresses to ever cross the big screen and onstage. When I attended the The Juilliard School, I would look forward to searching through the archives room for videos of her performances.
Viola received an Oscar for her breathtaking performance in “Fences." She's also an historic Emmy winner for “How to Get Away With Murder,” yet she still isn’t getting equal pay compared to her male and white female co-stars. Davis appeared at the Women in the World Los Angeles Salon (via CNN), Davis made a vow that she would no longer “hustle for [her] worth” in this business!
“I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver,” Davis said. “They all came out of Yale. They came out of Julliard, They came out of NYU. They had the same path as me, and yet, I am nowhere near them, not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, no where close to it.”
It's sad to learn that actresses of color make approximately “a tenth of what a Caucasian woman gets” and “half of what a man is getting paid.”
“I have to constantly get on that phone [and] hustle for my worth,” David said. “People say, ‘You’re a black Meryl Streep. You are and we love you’…Well, then if there’s no one like me. You pay me what I’m worth…I’m not hustling for my worth. I’m worthy.”
Thank you Viola for speaking up for #EQUALITY !!