Last Thursday, the country celebrated #BlackWomensEqualPayDay to remind everyone that on average Black women have to work much harder than white men to receive the same amount of pay in their careers.
That disheartening fact carries over to Hollywood as well. According to Forbes, the top 10 highest paid actresses (between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019) have combined to earn $314.6 million – and not one of them is African American.
Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara top the list, earning $56 million and $44.1 million respectively. In fact, it isn’t even clear who the highest paid Black actress was during that time and where they’d even rank, a question Jemele Hill recently raised on Twitter.
I would love to know how far down the list of actress salaries you’d have to go before you get to a black woman. https://t.co/fwmwyHQAVo— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 24, 2019
According to Forbes, “earnings estimates are based on data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders.”
The figures outraged many on Twitter. See some of what people had to say below.
This list looks qWHITE interesting 🧐— Soul_Rich (@the_Rich_Wun) August 25, 2019
Viola Davis has an Emmy and an Oscar. She appears regularly in films and has been on TV for 6 years straight. She should be on this list.— Small Screen Girl (@KiraJW) August 24, 2019
I’m still looking... pic.twitter.com/KWjOnQsXr3— Jaiden (@jaiden_mcadoo) August 24, 2019
Angela Bassett runs circles around everyone on this list— Dee🤴🏿 (@DGUNZ22) August 25, 2019
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