On September 20, 1973, legendary tennis player Billie Jean King took to the court to battle the misogynistic retired player Bobby Riggs. That tennis match encapsulated a special year for feminists and women's rights. Now, it's being retold in the new movie starring Emma Stone as King called "Battle of the Sexes."
In lieu of the film's continuing relevance, King sat down with Stone and co-star Andrea Riseborough to discuss the pay gaps in their respected professions for Out Magazine. During the interview, Stone shared some unusually positive news regarding the Hollywood wage gap.
According to her, her male co-stars have agreed to take pay cuts to close the typical gender pay gap.
"...that's something they do for me because they feel it's what's right and fair," she said. "If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life."
Actors such as Stone and her previous male co-stars work on quotes in regards to salary. Stone said there are only one or two women who have quotes as high as white men, who dominate the field.
King praised Stone's male co-stars, saying, "You just gave an example of why men are so vital to these changes — because they're usually in the power position, and if they start to change the paradigms, things start to shift."
Unfortunately, Riseborough, who has been in about 25 films, has never experienced her male co-stars taking a pay cut. She's been paid less, even as the star, and even after she's asked for a raise.
"It's tiring to speak up, to get up every day and to have to have that very specific experience of being patronized in a taxi cab, you know, or whatever the f**k it is, as a woman," Riseborough said.
That's something that all women, not just in Hollywood, can attest to.
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