‘Long way to go’ in clos­ing pay gap

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Ac­tor Emma Stone, who’s be­ing praised for her film Bat­tle of the Sexes, about an epic ten­nis match that was highly rel­e­vant to the move­ment for equal­ity, feels that there’s still a “long way to go” in clos­ing the gen­der pay gap.

Stone, 28, por­trays the leg­endary ten­nis player, Bil­lie Jean King, in the up­com­ing biopic. The film looks at the sport­ing ace’s fa­mous 1973 show­down with male player Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carell.

Talk­ing at a screen­ing at the Lon­don Film Festival, Stone said, “Some­thing Bil­lie Jean talks about is she’d get a lot of peo­ple com­ing up to her and say­ing, ‘Bil­lie Jean, I watched the Bat­tle of the Sexes — the original match in ’73 — and I went to work the next day and asked for a raise.’ ‘Did you get it?’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, be­cause I asked for it, but you em­pow­ered me to ask for it.’ She can speak more about that than I can, but there’s still a long way to go.”

Stone re­cently topped the Forbes list of high­est paid fe­male ac­tors of 2017 with $26 mil­lion, which was $42 mil­lion lower than Mark Wahlberg, who topped the high­est paid male ac­tors’ list.

Os­car win­ner Stone shared that while play­ing King, she felt priv­i­leged. “She’s such an in­spi­ra­tional fig­ure and get­ting to dig into her psy­che at age 29 and how she has shifted and grown over her life was an amaz­ing thing to do, it was a very lucky thing,” noted the ac­tor.

STONE RE­CENTLY TOPPED THE FORBES LIST OF HIGH­EST PAID FE­MALE AC­TORS OF 2017 WITH $26 MIL­LION, WHICH WAS $42 MIL­LION LOWER THAN MARK WAHLBERG

PHOTO: DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/GETTY IM­AGES/AFP

Emma Stone, who plays Bil­lie Jean King in The Bat­tle of the Sexes, was named the high­est paid fe­male ac­tor of 2017, but her earn­ings were not even half that of the high­est paid male ac­tor, Mark Wahlberg

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