Sarah Silverman Promotes Pay Equality For Women, Because, Yes, She Has First-Hand Experience With The Issue Too — UPDATE
Have you ever wondered how comedienne Sarah Silverman feels about gender equality? Well, you no longer have to imagine, because she is opening up and talking about it in quite the candid way. When it comes to women receiving less pay than men, well, let's just say Silverman is not a fan. In honor of National Equal Pay Day on April 14, Silverman's partnered with Levo's Ask4More campaign to promote gender equality and push women to stand up for themselves, especially at work.
(Update: Al Martin who owned the comedy club Sarah Silverman refers to her in video, released a video on his Facebook page in response, claiming that "the content was absolutely false" in Silverman's video. He says he paid her less because she was a guest spot, while the male comic she refers to was booked in advance.)
Unfortunately, Silverman, like many women, has experienced pay discrimination because of her gender, and in an exclusive video released by People, she explains being paid less than a male comic for working the same event. Equality is extremely important to the actress, and in the clip, you can listen to Silverman's wise words about inequality in this day and age. She says,
I think the best person for the job should get jobs. I'm all for women having to work harder to prove themselves at this juncture, if that's the way it is in the world. But if you work a job, and a man is working the same job, you should be getting paid the same.
Enough said, right? One would think, but, sadly, women are still fighting to receive equal pay and hopefully people like Silverman who are using their voices for such an important issue will one day eliminate pay discrimination against women in the workplace.
The actress also wants women to realize all of things that we deserve and stop being so hard on ourselves. She explains,
We deserve quality lives with equality, and maybe control over our own human bodies without the government getting involved, to do whatever we get great at and do, and it has to come from inside and understanding that you deserve it.
Silverman encourages women to start asking for exactly what they want and to not be afraid to do just that. She says, "There's something with just being able to ask for what you want, politely, respectfully."
Talk about being an inspiration. Hopefully, everyone will listen to Silverman's amazing advice and we will start to see the change that is absolutely needed.
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