The issue of wage inequality is complex, and runs far deeper than most of us realize. A topic likely reserved for another time, and likely another entity. What we’ll boldly offer is a shortlist of celebrities–both women and men–who have dropped the bomb on the double standard that exists in Hollywood, throughout the United States and all over the world. Yes, these are millionaires claiming that they should make equal millions, but at the heart of it, they’re hitting on a universal truth. A job warrants standard pay, regardless of who is doing it.
8. Charlize Theron
In the realm of gender equality, and wage inequality, Charlize Theron is one who hasn’t messed around. When you get to a certain point, and you’ve taken less pay in order to perform better roles, you can really offer a strong right hand to a less than stellar offer from a producer. To quickly explain how wages work for actors, there is a minimum scale which producers must meet based on the overall budget of the film. For studio productions, they far exceed the minimum for stars. It’s much like the world of sports. Charlize is a female known for a fierce ability to negotiate. If a studio wants her, she and her team won’t sign anything until her wage is comparable to the highest salary in the film — if the role warrants a big payday. This became obvious during the Sony hack, when emails regarding the topic were released.Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection