11 Times Stars Shut Down Sexist Comments
25 Celebrity Women on Gender Inequality in Hollywood
1) Viola Davis
"If a woman does the same job as a man, she should be paid the same amount of money. She just should. That's just the way the world should work. What are you telling your daughter when she grows up? 'You've got to just understand that you're a girl. You have a vagina, so that's not as valuable.' What are you telling her?'"
—, February 2019
2) Brie Larson
"Men get custom suits or shirts made to fit, but as women, if you don't fit into that sample you bump up against an aspect of your career you can never blossom into.We'd all love to get out of this cycle of abuse where our mental weight is based on our body weight."
—Net-a-Porter'sThe Edit, March 2019
3) Danielle Brooks
"Our definition of female and male is starting to shift. I hope in the months to come that we really expand the definition of what it is to be female because there are a lot of people out there who identify in different ways. If we hit on some of that as well, it could be really cool storytelling and a lot of people will feel like they see themselves in even more characters."
—The Hollywood Reporter, February 2019
4) Jessica Chastain
"We need more diversity. We're not telling the stories of many, we're telling the stories of few. There's a problem with the storytelling, with the protagonists...it's in front of the camera, it's behind the camera...This is not how we want to be working and we need to tell the stories of all."
"There's misinformation out there. Someone wrote an article once that I made a certain amount of money forThe Martian. I made less than a quarter of that in reality. And so people are already saying, 'yeah, she's making less than her male co-stars because she's making this.' I made less than a quarter of that in reality. There is a huge wage gap in the industry."
—HuffPost Live, October 2015
5) Jennifer Lawrence
"I would be lying if I didn't say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn't want to seem 'difficult' or 'spoiled.' At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn't worry about being 'difficult' or 'spoiled.'"
"I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! F*ck that. I don't think I've ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It's just heard."
—, October 2015
6) Emma Watson
"Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong…It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals."
—At the , September 2014
"I have experienced sexism in that I have been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women."
—The Guardian, September 2014
7) Ava Duvernay
"As long as women make up only 20 percent of Congress, as long as senior movie studio execs are 93 percent male, and only four percent of studio films are directed by women; as long as the President of the United States, the VP, the Speaker of the House, the President Pro Tem, the Secretaries of State, of the Treasury, of Defense, are all men—you have to go seven layers down to find a woman, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, on the succession plan—then I'd say, Yes, we need 'women's media.' We need as many 'women in' gatherings that we can dream up."
—ELLEWomen in Hollywood Awards, October 2015
8) Zoe Saldana
"I'm known for being selective in parts I either pick or pursue, and what matters most is that they be good female roles where the character isn't cardboard or objectified, and where there's real substance. No generic girlfriend or wife, and no sexy bombshell. Enough of that already!"
—, December 2013
9) Kristen Stewart
"It's a male-dominated and driven business...You need to make something that's undeniably good. If a woman makes a bad movie, or does something stupid, then the door just slams shut. It's f*cked up."
—The Daily Beast, September 2014
10) Lena Dunham
"Feminists believe that men and women should have the same opportunities. If you are a feminist you believe in equal rights as a whole. That's not a concept you can really shoot down."
"We're going to be compensated fairly for our jobs, we're going to be given the opportunity to make choices about our bodies and we're going to be safe."
—JFL42 Comedy Festival in Toronto, Fall 2014
11) Meryl Streep
"No one has ever asked an actor, 'You're playing a strong-minded man.' We assume that men are strong-minded, or have opinions. But a strong-minded woman is a different animal."
—60 Minutes, December 2011
12) Carey Mulligan
"I think we have a sexist film industry, and stories about women are largely untold. This is one [Suffragette] that's fallen by the wayside because of that."
—Reader's Digest, September 2015 [ViaThe Guardian]
13) Kerry Washington
"Having your story told as a woman, as a person of color, as a lesbian, or as a trans person or as any member of any disenfranchised community is sadly often still a radical idea."
—During her GLAAD Vanguard Award acceptance speech, March 2015
14) Natalie Portman
"I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible...The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you're making a 'feminist' story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That's not feminist; that's macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with."
—, November 2013 issue
15) Nicole Kidman
"Obviously we need to create more opportunities, it's not an even playing field...We also need to put cameras in little girls' hands and get them to tell stories and increase their confidence so that they can feel powerful."
—At the Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles, June 2015
"You know, equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don't make as much money as men do. I don't understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat?"
—GQ, February 2013 issue
17) Kathryn Bigelow
"I have always firmly believed that every director should be judged solely by their work, and not by their work based on their gender. Hollywood is supposedly a community of forward thinking and progressive people yet this horrific situation for women directors persists. Gender discrimination stigmatizes our entire industry. Change is essential. Gender neutral hiring is essential."
—Time, May 2015
18) Amanda Seyfried
"I think people think that just because I'm easy going and game to do things, I'll just take as little as they offer. It's not about how much you get, it's about how fair it is."
—The Sunday Times, July 2015 [ViaThe Independent
19) Rooney Mara
"To me, the thing that's more unfair than the pay is the terminology that's used to describe actresses who have a point of view, and want to have a voice in their life and their career, and what they choose to do. I've been called horrible things. If a man was acting in the same way that I was acting, it would just be considered normal. To me, that's the thing I find so frustrating is calling women spoiled brats and b*tches. We just want to have a voice in our life, and I don't think that's anything that shouldn't be encouraged in any human."
—The Guardian, October 2015
20) Patricia Arquette
"To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America."
—During her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 87th Academy Awards in 2015
21) Charlize Theron
"Girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing. It doesn't mean that you hate men. It means equal rights. If you're doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way."
—ElleUK, June 2015 issue
22) Gwenyth Paltrow
"It can be painful. Your salary is a way to quantify what you're worth. If men are being paid a lot more for doing the same thing, it feels shitty."
—Variety, October 2015
"If I were to tell you what I got paid for movies, you would laugh."
—CBS This Morning, October 2015
24) Amy Poehler
"I have these meetings with really powerful men and they ask me all the time, 'Where are your kids? Are your kids here?' It's such a weird question. Never in a million years do I ask guys where their kids are.
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