In 2017, women earned 82% of what men earned. This trend has persisted for over 30 years, and we’re finally making a change. In honor of Equal Pay Day, here are 20 of the most inspiring quotes from amazing women.
Women create tremendous value in the workplace, and we need to be compensated for it. Today and every day, let’s continue to strive for the equality we’ve earned and deserve.
– Tina Wells
I was just so grateful when I had the opportunity to do what I loved that I never once stopped to complain that I wasn’t getting paid as much as my fellow co-stars or male counterparts…. I don’t think standing up for myself for equal pay is complaining or something I should be afraid of.
– Gina Rodriguez
When I joined four teammates in filing a wage-discrimination complaint against U.S. Soccer late last month, it had nothing to do with how much I love to play for my country. It had everything to do with what’s right and what’s fair and with upholding a fundamental American concept: Equal pay for equal play.
– Carli Lloyd
I taught myself that to succeed as a woman in this industry I had to play by the rules of the boy’s club. But the older I got and the longer I worked in this industry, the more I realized that it’s bullshit!
– Mila Kunis
But if you take away names and vocations, the fact is that in 2015 a man is still getting paid more money to do the same job a woman does, in Hollywood and everywhere else. And no matter where you live or what you do, that’s bullsh-t.
– Judy Greer
I want to be paid fairly for the work that I’m doing. That’s what every single woman around the world wants. We want to be paid on parity with a man in a similar position.
– Felicity Jones
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.
– Patricia Arquette
When you look at the facts, you have to ask yourself: Where do we really stand when it comes to gender equality? The answer is: We’re just not there yet.
– America Ferrera
We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change.
I’m sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, ‘I’m not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house.’
– Ellen Pompeo
I think people think because I’m easygoing and game to do things, I’ll just take as little as they offer. But it’s not about how much you get, it’s about how fair it is.
– Amanda Seyfried
When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.
– Jennifer Lawrence
Women don’t get equal pay, there are not as many women in government positions or business positions. It’s just not equal. And until there is equality, you’re going to feel that, in any industry.
– Jessica Alba
The reality is that if we do nothing, it will take 75 years, or for me to be nearly a hundred, before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work.
– Emma Watson
You can take a no probably once or twice, but do you want to be somewhere ten years where the answer’s always no and you’re working your ass off?
– Catt Sadler
If fighting for equal pay and paid family leave is playing the gender card, then deal me in!
– Hillary Clinton
It can be frustrating. 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.
– Gwyneth Paltrow
If you were to really look at it, the boys are still getting more money for a lot of garbage, while the ladies are hustling and doing amazing work for less.
– Tina Fey
If you have the same capacities and you are doing the same job, it is criminal not to [be paid] the same salary.
– Salma Hayek
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.’
– Viola Davis