With her first Emmy in hand, actress Michelle Williams went straight to business with her acceptance speech at the awards ceremony on Sunday: women believe and pay fairly – especially women of skin color.
The 39-year-old actress needed less than 290 words to articulate her message and drew a standing ovation.
"The next time a woman – and especially a colored woman, because she earns 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterparts – tells her what she needs to get her job done, to listen to her Believe her, said Williams. "Because one day she may be standing in front of you, thanking her for being able to succeed because of her work environment, and not for all that."
Williams took the "Outstanding Leading Actress in a Limited Series" or "Home Movie" Emmy for her portrayal of Broadway actor and dancer Gwen Verdon in FX's "Fosse / Verdon." The multiple-time private Oscar nominee Lin- Manuel Miranda brought out a powerful message through the applause of the audience.
"I see this as confirming what is possible when one trusts a woman, recognizes her own needs, feels secure enough to utter her, and respect enough that they will be heard. "Williams said with her award in hand:" When I asked for more dance lessons, I heard more singing lessons, yes, another wig, a pair of artificial teeth that are not made of rubber 'yes, they require effort and cost more money, but my b' It was never suspected that Osses knew better than me what I needed to do my work and honor Gwen Verdon. " She went on to thank FX and Fox 21 Studios, "that they fully supported me and paid me equally. "
" You have understood that it enables that person to connect with their own value when putting value in a person, and where do they put that value? They have incorporated it into their work. " In 2017, Williams faced the issue of gender pay inequality in Hollywood.
When Williams was preparing to release her then-newest film, Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" featured several men accusing him her co-star Kevin Spacey's sexual misconduct. Spacey was eventually replaced by actor Christopher Plummer, which meant co-stars like Williams had to return to re-shoot scenes before the film could be shot.
But then came the bomb: USA Today reported that Williams received a daily allowance of $ 80 – about the minimum union rate – for the 10 working days Meanwhile, Berg received an additional $ 1.5 million, of which Williams never said anything.
When Williams spoke to Vanity Fair the following year, he recalled that the revelation that she received 1 percent of the salary of her male co-star left her feeling. "Totally devalued. She added that she hoped that "a private humiliation" could become a "public turning point".
According to the latest data from the Institute for Women's Political Research, full-time women earn almost 82 cents on the dollar year-on-year compared to white men. Broken down by race, however, the numbers are particularly bleak for black and Latin American women, who earn 62 and 55 percent of the white male earnings, respectively.
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