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Natalie Portman Spoke and Ashton Kutcher Listened

It is often hard to find the courage to speak up and address the injustices you face in your everyday life. In fact, people often brush these things under the rug until they are just a part of their daily routines. Natalie Portman has decided to stop letting the inequality she experiences go, and has spoken out about her past in a recent interview with Marie Claire UK.

She spoke about her experience in the RomCom No Strings Attached, “Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much as me on No Strings Attached.” She discussed this difference in terms of the asking price for Kutcher, saying, “His [quote] was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more.” An actor’s quote has to do with the amount they have made in the past, which correlates with the magnitude of an audience they are expected to attract.

Portman admits, “I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy.” Though it may have seemed difficult to complain when she was making so much more than the average American, inequality on any scale is unjust. Portman adds, “Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.”

This blatant inequality can be present in every sphere of American life, so it is up to us to speak out as Portman has.

Days after this statement was released, Ashton Kutcher took to Twitter to share his support of Portman’s honesty. He said, “So proud of Natalie and all women who stand up for closing the gender pay gap!” The post also included a link to the Marie Claire interview in which Portman discussed the matter. Kutcher’s support of Portman in her fight for equality reminds us that it is not just women who should be concerned. Everyone has the responsibility to join in the conversation and bring inequality to an end.

It’s important to be vocal about these issues so that we can empower ourselves and the women around us. No matter what industry you work in, if you witness injustice you have the power to make a change simply by speaking up.

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