Why Tracee Ellis Ross Demanding Higher Pay Is So Important
In 2018 we aren't taking no for an answer !
This weeks news broke out that actress Tracee Ellis Ross was demanding more money for her role in the hit ABC series, Black-ish. In a recent Hollywood Reporter issue, Ross revealed that she is considering limiting her presence on Black-ish due to her significantly lower pay then co-star Anthony Anderson. The ABC network says that the reason behind Anderson's higher pay is his role as an executive producer.
Reports say that Anderson gets paid 100,000 per episode and Ross is being paid 80,000 per episode. Ross is asking that her pay be closer to what her co-star is receiving. Ross was awarded a Golden Globe for her performance on the show, making her the first Black actress in 35 years to win for a comedy series on television.
Her stock has increased as an actress, so her pay should reflect that. She is considering making guest appearances on other shows to make up the gap, instead of utilizing the time to be on the show that is not paying her what she is worth.
Ross has made it clear that she will go to where she is valued if she doesn't see any changes. The courage to find your voice and demand the pay you deserve is hard to do but, it must be done. We have to speak up or we wont get heard!
Women in Hollywood are taking a stand and creating the conversation of equal pay. Shonda Rhimes, a trailblazer in the entertainment industry is using her power and platform to help other women come forward and demand their worth.Grey's Anatomy's star and lead actress Ellen Pompeo says that Shonda has helped her find her voice and realize that she isn't asking for too much.
“Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.” Beyonce —via The Shriver Report
Stand up for what is right!!!