Michelle Williams' Emmy Speech: Actress Calls for Equal Pay, Respect for Women
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Michelle Williams' Emmy Speech: Actress Calls for Equal Pay, Respect for Women

Michelle Williams won the Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her show Fosse/Verdon. Here’s what she said

Michelle Williams -- who has received an Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her show Fosse/Verdon -- is being appreciated for her acceptance speech at the ceremony that took place on Sunday, 22nd September, in Los Angeles. The actress thanked the cast, crew and makers of Fosse/Verdon for working hard on the show. She also went on to talk about how the makers had trusted and respected her, “I see this as an acknowledgment of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feel safe enough to voice them and respected enough that they’ll be heard. When I asked for more dance classes, I heard, ‘Yes,’ more voice lessons, ‘Yes,’ a different wig, a pair of fake teeth not made out of rubber, ‘Yes.’ And all of these things, they require effort and they cost more money but my bosses never presumed to know better than I did about what I needed in order to do my job and honour Gwen Verdon.”

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Michelle also thanked FX and Fox 21 studios for paying her equally, saying “they understood that when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value.” 

In 2017, it was reported that Michelle was paid less than her male co-star, Mark Wahlberg, for the movie All the Money in the World. While Michelle did not mention this, she linked her speech to gender pay parity and added, “And so the next time a woman, and especially a woman of colour, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white, male counterpart, tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her. Because one day she may stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it.”

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