17 Times Female Celebrities Demanded Equal Pay as Their Male Co-Stars

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Comedy Central

It's hard to fathom, but we actually live in a world where people think that it's okay to compensate women less than their male counterparts for doing the same job. It doesn't matter if they share the same skills and credentials, and it doesn't matter if the woman happens to have even more experience. The fact of the matter is: A man's work is always seen as more valuable and profitable. Simply because he has ‘male' checked on his birth certificate.

We all know that there are obvious flaws in that logic, but it hasn't stopped Hollywood from turning a blind eye to them. There are tons of talented actresses who've admitted to being paid less than half of their male co-stars for certain projects, and even when they demanded more, they were often forced to negotiate and settle with much less than they initially asked for. It's beyond frustrating because you'd almost think that these women were asking for a rare luxury from the way that the subject is approached rather than the earnings that they rightfully deserve.

Some might argue that these stars are already getting paid a whole lot and that their earnings ought to be commensurate with their level of experience. Both are fair points, but it doesn't change the fact that women are always under-compensated – regardless of their experience level. Tina Fey once said: “If you were to really look at it, the boys are still getting more money for a lot of garbage, while the ladies are hustling and doing amazing work for less.” We honestly couldn't have said it better ourselves.

See which female stars have refused to put up with pay discrimination.

1. Priyanka Chopra


The actress revealed that she tried to get equal pay for her projects several times, but those requests were often shot down.

“It’s a scary place. You will be rejected. I was rejected many times. I cried. I was told that female actors are replaceable in films because they just stand behind a guy anyway. I’m still used to being paid — like most actresses around the world — a lot less than the boys. We’re told we’re too provocative or that being sexy is our strength, which it can be, and it is, but that’s not the only thing we have,” she said.