A few days ago, amongst the Time’s Up rhetoric, preparation for the Women’s March and a pay discrepancy between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, news broke that funny woman Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays the female lead on monster hit show Black-ish, may have been considering spending less time working on the show due to the pay inequality between her and co-star Anthony Anderson, who plays her husband.
Social media reacted in an uproar surrounding these reports and so many people weighed in on the pay gap between men and women in every single industry. Arguably, both Ross and Anderson do exceptional work on that show, both of them have been nominated for their acting work by prestigious award shows such as the Emmys, NAACP Awards, Critic’s Choice Awards and the SAG Awards. Ross has won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Rainbow Johnson.
Yesterday, Ross decided to release a statement clearing up some of the swirling rumors and further cementing that necessary conversations need to be had regarding women and how much they get paid versus their male counterparts.
— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) January 21, 2018
So it looks like Ross was in contract negotiations and the only thing she confirms is false is the statement regarding her saying she would dedicate less time to the show. There is no comment regarding if there is actually a pay disparity, which could be very likely, especially because something like that may come up at the time of her renewed salary negotiations.
The way that Ross closes her statement is a reminder and affirmation of what the focus needs to be on in terms of equity in this society. In this instance, that is in how both genders should be paid for the same work, output, and profit identically.
That isn’t currently the case and continues to be the topic of discussion as women become bolder and more demanding of what they expect, require and deserve. The tide is changing and the winds are shifting among many walls of silence that have plagued our society for so long.
The idea of equality isn’t just a slogan for many people.