Michelle Williams Earned 1000x Less Than her Co-Star On "All The Money In The World"

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Michelle Williams became the face of gender pay parity when it was noted that her co-star of the ironically titled film All The Money in the World, Mark Wahlberg,got paid over 1,000 times more than her during reshoots. But what does her outsize Hollywood paycheck vis-à-vis her male co-star have to do with the rest of the country? How can her struggle provide meaning for the soldier at the ground level in the thick of the battle fighting for gender pay equity in say the service industry? “Something that was interesting that was said to me there was that they were so grateful for me coming to tell this story because it’s hard to see, when you’re talking about $10 versus $14, people have a hard time hearing the difference but when you use an example as extreme as mine, it brings the entire case to come home to rest,” Williams told The Hollywood Reporter.  “The larger example can speak to the other examples.

Chancellor Merkel On Her Last Term


Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is halfway through her fourth and last term in office, is arguably the most powerful woman in the world. The Chancellor did an interview with Christiane Amanpour. Many points were made during the course of the interview, including a warning against dark forces on the rise in Europe. Merkel also speaks about feminism—gender parity—a subject she has avoided while in public life, saying, as her last term draws to a close, that we are not there yet, "she said the Queen explained to her that feminism meant ‘women having the same rights everywhere and this is parity... from politics to the media, to the business community, that must be our objective, we are not there yet. For many girls, apparently, I have become indeed a role model, during my time of chancellorship. We need more women in these relevant positions and that means men have to change their way of life.’" She told the CNN correspondent and PBS host. Merkel’s term ends in 2021.

Colorado’s Equal Pay Bill and What it Entails

Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado last week signed equal pay legislation into law. What does this mean? The legislation, for starters, will not come into effect until 19 months. Workplaces right now are conducting audits across the state to rectify pay disparities before the law goes into effect and legal actions begin.

Senate Bill 85, it should be noted, is not a radical law as Colorado is, to be sure, a purple state. It contains a mix of pro-business and anti-discrimination measures in equal measure. “The new law allows employees who believe they are being paid less due to their gender to file a lawsuit within two years,” Justin Wingerter writes for the Denver Post. “Employers found to have paid someone less due to their gender must pay the amount the employee would have made the previous three years if there had not been discrimination." The fact that Senate Bill 85 allows for over a year for workplaces to self-rectify gender pay disparities might provide a workable model of what can actually get through moderate and conservative state legislatures across the country regarding equal rights. We will keep watch on its effect on Colorado, this law and its influence beyond the state.

Film and Gender Equality: What Oscar Winner Julianne Moore Said at Cannes

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Oscar winner Julianne Moore recently started advocating for gender quotas in film, according to Time. While nearly everyone in the left-of-center film industry is for greater gender and racial parity in film, advocacy for gender quotas, especially by such a big star, is a surprising move. “We will not have gender parity unless everybody is cooperating. Women are not a special interest group. We’re 52 percent of the global population,” Moore told Time at the Cannes Film Festival. “In order to restore the balance, I do think that there will be, that we will need some measures to change our culture.”

French-Senegalese Mati Diop: First Black Woman To Ever Win An Award At Cannes

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Despite a very rocky beginning, the Cannes Film Festival ended in a good spot. French-Senegalese director Mati Diop became the first black female director to win an award at the Cannes Film Festival’s 72-year history. “Diop, 36, took home the Grand Prix award, which is the equivalent of a silver—third place prize, for her film Atlantics,” Jezebel notes. “The movie is a Senegalese-set drama that combines social consciousness with the supernatural in a tale of sexual politics among young migrants.”Diop, it should be noted, was one of only four women directors accepted into the 21-film lineup. Progress?

Unilever’s CEO Alan Jope Latest Tweet Will Certainly Touch Your Heart

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Unilever is the latest major corporation committing to gender parity. Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever tweeted last week, “Signed, sealed and soon delivered: I commit to accelerate gender parity at @Unilever.” He continued: “With @Lead_eu_net I pledge to deliver our goal of 50% women at manager level and significantly increase female representation at the top levels before 2020”

The company has been ambitious in its progressive practices for some time. Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan seeks to position the company as a leader in reducing its corporate carbon imprint. It aims to halve its environmental impact across the full lifecycle of its products by 2030.

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