Last weekend the Emmy Awards were on, and as always, the show did not disappoint. It was chock-full of beautiful people, lavish lifestyles and some (very) entertaining attire.
But it wasn’t all fun and games… one acceptance speech that stood out was from Michelle Williams, who accepted the Emmy for best actress in a limited series or TV movie for her role as the Broadway dancer and actress Gwen Verdon in FX’s “Fosse/Verdon.”
In her eloquent and polished speech, Michelle spoke out against the gender pay gap in Hollywood, and we couldn’t help but be taken with it – because it’s 2019 and this is still a hot topic issue, even with Hollywood superstars. But the more it’s talked about and made a priority we hope someday soon it will be a thing of the past. Thanks, Michelle - you go, girl.
Here are our favorite quotes from her that night.
- “I see this as an acknowledgment of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feels safe enough to voice them, and respected enough that they’ll be heard.”
- “…all of these things, they require effort and they cost more money, but my bosses never presumed to know better than I did about what I needed in order to do my job...”
- “…supporting me completely and for paying me equally, because they understood that when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value, and then where do they put that value? They put it into their work.”
- “And so, the next time a woman — and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white, male counterpart — tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her. Believe her. Because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it.”