Stars Stand Up For Equal Pay Day – See Celebrity Tweets!
It’s Equal Pay Day, and some notable stars are among those standing up and demanding equal wages for women. See celebrity tweets below!
Women make .79 cents for every dollar earned by a man, a shocking statistic that had many celebrities taking to Twitter to call attention to the issue. Lea Michele wrote, “The average woman still makes less than what a man earns. Let’s work together to end the wage gap #EqualPayDay.” Reese Witherspoon echoed her fellow actress, sharing a link with her 1.41 million followers concerning the facts about the wage gap. Shonda Rhimes noted, “It’s 3:20pm which is #79percent of the work day for many women. It’s about time women are paid equally. #EqualPayDay”
Elizabeth Banks joined the conversation, writing, “Today’s date = how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned last year. Take a stand on #EqualPayDay.” Sharon Stone wrote on Twitter, “#EqualPayDay #moneytalksinequalityblocks. #EqualPay now.” Star Jones informed her followers that “40% of American households are headed by #women! The #1 issue in this #2016election is #equalpay. #EqualPayDay.” Connie Britton also tweeted, “Know your own value and be paid for it. It’s time. And it’s right. #EqualPayDay #ask4more.”
Mark Ruffalo urged his own followers to visit President Obama’s online equal pay pledge, tweeting, “There needs to be more than just #EqualPayDay. Let’s take a stand to stop the wage gap.” During a speech on Tuesday, Obama said, “I’m here to say we will close the wage gap,” and pointed out, “Improving gender equality would add at least $2.1 trillion to U.S. gross domestic product by 2025.” Hillary Clinton also said in a tweet, “Women lose out on every paycheck—and women of color feel it the most. It’s time to close the pay gap. #EqualPayDay.”
And Patricia Arquette, who memorably called for equal pay at last year’s Oscars, appeared on MSNBC today, telling Andrea Mitchell, “Women have been fighting for equal rights for 227 years and at this point now we’ve reached a breaking point because women are contributing to 40 percent of our American families.” She went on, “We see this pay discrepancy between women and men in 98 percent of all industries. [It] costs the average woman almost a half million dollars over her lifetime… and with women with higher education, it costs them $2 million over their lifetime.”