Celebs who've spoken out about the gender pay gap

Venus Williams announces Privilege Tax initiative in her campaign to close the pay gap

Stars Insider

25/03/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Gender pay gap

Equal pay for men and women has been in the headlines for the past years. And even if we've come a long way, wage inequality is still an issue to this day. Hollywood is no exception, and they have also proven to struggle with salary disparities, with many celebrities taking a stand.

Tennis star Venus Williams has been acutely aware of the gender pay gap for decades, particularly in her own sport, where men's prize money used to vastly surpass the women's prizes. It was 2006 before Williams won the same prize money as Roger Federer at Wimbledon. She has championed this issue and started an initiative called the Privilege Tax. Participating brands, including her own fashion label, will give customers the opportunity to donate US$1 when making a purchase which will be donated to the nonprofit Girls Inc. Williams explained on 'CBS Mornings' that she never expected to be playing this role. She simply wanted to go to Wimbledon and win, but when she got there, she realized there was something wrong with the system. She went on to become passionate about pay inequality and found herself in a position to be able to do something about it. 

Click through the gallery and read what these celebrities had to say about the wage-gap issue.


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