A recent CNN report reveals that female participation in the film industry has dropped compared to 2015.
On February 23, it will be a year since Patricia Arquette launched the Oscar-nominated questioning of Hollywood actresses: “Why do women make less than men in this industry?” she asked. A few months later Jennifer Lawrence asked the same question, acknowledging that she had been paid half as much as her companions in The Great American Scam – yes, in Passengers, her last film, her salary doubled to that of her co-star, Chris Pratt -. The last to denounce this pay gap has been Natalie Portman when revealing that she charged three times less than Ashton Kutcher in Sin Compromisos, where both were protagonists, and she accepted “because that’s the way things are in Hollywood.”
Even Emmy Rossum almost runs out of paper in the Shameless series claiming to be paid the same as her fellow William H. Macy. The performer, who was supported by her father in fiction, eventually won the battle. Actresses have stopped playing under Hollywood rules. Like Mila Kunis or Evan Rachel Wood, who have recently admitted to having rejected many papers because they did not pay him enough.
“We’re not supposed to talk about money because people will think we’re hard or divas,” said Emma Watson last year. The protagonist of Beauty and the Beast has parked her career for a year to dedicate herself to her work as ambassador of UN Women. If 2016 looked like the year of debate for equal sex in Hollywood, 2017 will remain as active. Because, although there is more attention to this issue in the media and more and more actresses raise their voices, things do not change.
When it comes to the work of women behind the cameras, the situation is even worse. Yesterday, the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film published its latest research reflecting that female participation in industry has dropped compared to 2015. “The industry has shown little will to achieve a substantial change,” Said the center’s director, Martha M. Lauzen. “For real change we need stronger intervention.”