Wage Discrimination Among Actors And Actresses

1808 Words Apr 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
Since before women earned the right to vote, there has always been a demand for men and women to work as an actor in the film industry. Their ability to captivate, move, and inspire earned them recognition as movie stars. This rich history of stars, ranging from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to Mary Pickford and Julia Roberts has seemingly been gender neutral. However, the question of wage discrimination among actors and actresses is often not a point of discussion. Perhaps this is because the public knows how well movie starts are paid, which begets the question, are actors and actress rewarded differently?
When skimming the literate, the first point of interest is Forbes Magazine’s list of the top paid actors and actresses of that given year. In 2015, less than half of the top paid actors were women. Moreover, only two managed to crack the top ten, occupying the fourth and fifth spot. The highest paid actor on the list was Robert Downey Jr., bringing in $80 million, and the highest paid actress was Jenifer Lawrence at $52 million. Evidently, there seems to be a difference in how these high paid actors and actresses get paid.
There is certainly an argument as to whether the wage difference between them is actually due to gender discrimination. The value of an actor is based on how successful they are at attracting audiences and generating revenue at the box office. Like most occupations, the demand for an actor is depended on their ability to make their employers…
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