Here’s the definition of irony: two famous actresses star in a hit movie as underpaid secretaries who get even with their boorish, sexist boss. Decades later, the same actresesses team up again, only to learn their male co-stars are being paid the same as them — even though they’re the stars and the men are in supporting roles.
Welcome to the world of Hollywood salary inequity, which was brought to light when former Nine to Five stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda were promoting their new Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie and Jane let that particular nugget of information slip during a press conference.
“[Lily] found out [Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen, who play the women’s husbands] are getting the same salary that we are,”; Jane noted at the press conference, reports The Daily Mail. “That doesn’t make us happy.”;
“The show is not Sol and Robert,”; added Lily, “it’s Grace and Frankie.”;
In response to this obvious inequity, fan Emily Logan created a Care2 petition urging Netflix to bump up the women’s salaries and fix this gender-based salary disparity.
“In 1980, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda co-starred in Nine to Five, a comedy about three women who turn the tables on their sexist, bigoted boss, which showed sexism in the workplace in a bold new light,”; she writes in her petition.
“Now, ironically, Tomlin and Fonda have revealed at a press event that despite their new Netflix show “Grace and Frankie”; being directly centered around their two characters, they are being paid the same as the male supporting actors who play their ex-husbands,”; she continues.
“This just goes to show that gender pay disparity is everywhere. But changes are being made incrementally in Hollywood. When Charlize Theron found out she was making less than her male counterpart in Snow White and the Huntsman, she demanded the difference be remedied and WON,”; concludes Logan.
So far, the petition has garnered nearly 11,000 signatures.