Gender Pay Gap: 10 Inspiring Quotes That Prove Time And Again Women Deserve Equal Pay

'You have a vagina. So that’s not as valuable.'

23/08/2016 15:32 | Updated 09 November 2016

A new study from the Institute of Fiscal Studies has revealed what we already knew; gender pay gap isn’t a myth.

In fact, women earn 18% less an hour than men and the gender pay gap widens for 12 years after childbirth, to the point that mothers are earning 33% less than men an hour. 

In light of this depressing (but not surprising) news, we turn to inspirational women to remind us exactly why equal pay for equal work really isn’t so difficult to grasp.

  • Beyonce
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    "...unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect."
  • Sienna Miller
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    "It was a play with just two of us onstage and I was offered less than half of what he was going to be paid. If it was two men, it wouldn't probably happen. Sad, but I walked away. The only way is to make a stand."
  • Venus Williams
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    “Imagine you're a little girl. You're growing up. You practice as hard as you can, with girls, with boys. You have a dream. You fight, you work, you sacrifice to get to this stage. You work as hard as anyone you know. And then you get to this stage, and you're told you're not the same as a boy. Almost as good, but not quite the same. Think how devastating and demoralizing that could be." 
  • Amy Poehler
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    “It is never overreacting to ask for what you want and need.”
  • Ellen Page
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    “When a politician is against equal pay for women I think it begs the question should they be a politician?”
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
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    “Your salary is a way to quantify what you’re worth. If men are being paid a lot more doing the same thing, it feels shitty.”
  • Viola Davis
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    "What are you telling your daughter when she grows up? 'You've got to just understand that you're a girl. You have a vagina. So that's not as valuable'."
  • Charlize Theron
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    "Girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing. It doesn’t mean that you hate men, it means equal rights. If you’re doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way.”
  • Maria Shriver
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    “When we pay women less than men we’re telling women their work isn’t as valuable. We’re all equally valuable. And we should be paid equally.”
  • Emma Watson
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    "The reality is that if we do nothing it will take 75 years, or for me to be nearly a hundred before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work."

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