Emma Stone reveals women earn less than men even in Hollywood
Emma Stone is starring in a film where she plays tennis champion Billie Jean King, portraying the events of 1973, when King competed against a retired male tennis player who stated there was “no place” for women in professional sports.
The film, entitled “Battle of the Sexes” also details King’s secret relationship with her hair-dresser, Marilyn Barnett. King was a staunch champion for equal treatment of women, threatening to boycott various sports events over unfair pay to female athletes.
Stone admires King immensely, particularly for her feminist views during an era where women were often undervalued in work, athletics, and various other industries.
Of King’s feminism, she said: “. . . I love it – she is equality, man: equality, equality, equality.”
Stone praises male co-stars for doing “what’s fair” and taking pay-cuts
Regarding Hollywood and disparity of pay, she stated that there is “a blanket issue that women, in general, are making four fifths at best”, regarding pay for male and female actresses.
She went on to say that at times her male co-stars willfully took pay cuts to balance that. “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. 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,’” Stone went on to say.
”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.”