Why Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson are banding together

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A hit squad of some of Hollywood’s leading ladies is leading the fight against sexism in the movie industry.
While life as a top actress can seem far from arduous, even the rich and famous are not immune from sexism in the work place.
According to latest statistics from a study from Directors UK called Cut Out of the Picture, only 13.6 per cent of film directors are female.
Even when women do make it in the movie business, they are frequently paid much less than male counterparts in the same roles.
Now, a whole host of Hollywood actresses are trying to fight the unfairness of unequal pay by speaking out about the issue.
While Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most critically acclaimed actors of her generation, male or female, she is still a victim of the pay gap.
She said she had not gone in and negotiated hard on her salary for American Hustle because she did not want to be branded difficult or spoiled.
However, she revealed her anger when a leaked email showed that her male co-stars, including Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale were being paid much more than she was.
She said: “At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the internet and realised every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or spoiled’.”
Meanwhile, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has become an outspoken campaigner for equal rights.
Taking on the role of UN Goodwill Ambassador, she said that “that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating.”
But she said that was not the case at all; women simply wanted fairness.
Ms Watson said that she had been directed by 17 male directors in her career and only by two women.
Meanwhile Ted actress Mila Kunis is just as much of a draw for the box office as the men she stars with, but she says she was threatened by a film producer when she refused to pose semi-naked for a magazine.
She said she was left feeling objectified by the incident and demanded that gender inequality in the workplace be rectified.
The highest paid actors in 2016 earned double that paid to the highest paid actresses.
While the big-name Hollywood actresses are clearly still being paid very high salaries, the fear is that inequality continues to filter down into other professions.

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