In an interview with Variety magazine at Cannes Film Festival, Clarke shares how shocking it was for her to realise the gender-based pay inequalities.
‘On Game of Thrones, I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars. It was my first job and I was not discriminated against because I was a woman, in my paycheque.’
Clarke learned about the realities of the industry after it surfaced that Claire Foy of The Crown would be receiving £10,000 less per episode than her co-star Matt Smith.
‘It definitely opened my eyes to a lot. And I certainly won’t be naïve about those things. It’s really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about, and what I’m allowed to stand up for myself about.’
The Mother of Dragons is yet to learn about racial-based pay inequalities. Which in essence, multiplies the bias and worsens the pay disparities for womxn of colour. A few conversations with her black womxn industry friends, if she has any, she will come to learn about the white privilege which literally affords her luxuries that only remain a dream for the black folk in the business.
Mo’Nique Hicks recently spoke out about her experiences, where she was offered a significantly low pay in comparison to Amy Schumer, who was offered the same deal as Mo’Nique but with a better paycheck.
Gabrielle Union spoke out about it last year, Viola Davis spoke out about it, Tracee Eliss Ross did too. There are so many stories and it’s not just limited to the film industry but all industries, ultimately begging the question about gender pay transparency.
Alas, it’s a long, long road to equal pay freedom.
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