Even Oscar Winners Are Victims Of The Wage Gap

Maybe boys don’t cry because they don’t have to worry about the wage gap.

Hilary Swank opened up about being underpaid, despite critically acclaimed, for her work in Hollywood.

“When I did Boys Don’t Cry, I was 24 years old. I made $3,000,” she said on Chelsea. ”In order to have health insurance, you have to make $5,000, so I didn’t even know that I didn’t have health insurance until I went and tried to get a prescription filled. They said, ‘That’s $160.’ … I had an Academy Award [and] no health insurance.”

She continued, ”Then I win my second Academy Award, and the next couple movies later, I get offered a movie but the male [lead] hadn’t had any kind of critical success, but had been in a movie where he was hot,” she said. “He got offered $10 million and I got offered $500,000.”

Thankfully, Swank wouldn’t settle for less than her worth, not just as an actress, but as a woman.

“I said no, and they went and found a newcomer who did it for $50,000,” she said. “They made a savings of $450,000, probably to give the guy his bonuses.”

We’re not sure who that guy is or what movie it was, but good on Swank for skipping out.

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