Depressingly, Only 15 of the World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities Are Women
As was the case in 2015, only two women landed in the top 10: Swift at number one and Adele at number nine, with $80.5 million. Nipping at Adele's heels is Madonna at number 12 ($76.5 million) and Ellen DeGeneres and Rihanna tied at 13 ($75 million). The next highest-earning female is Beyoncé, 20 spots below, coming in at number 34 with $54 million.
This news comes after a string of relative progress for female celebrities: Not only did Swift earn the top spot on this year’s list, but Scarlett Johansson also recently became the world’s highest-earning actress.
Powerful females in Hollywood have been doing their part to correct wage discrimination. This past May, Robin Wright opened up about her salary negotiations with Netflix for her role on "House of Cards," explaining that her costar, Kevin Spacey, was being compensated more than she.
"There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal," she said. "I was looking at the statistics, and Claire Underwood's character was more popular than his for a period of time. So I capitalized on it. I was like: 'You better pay me or I’m going to go public.' And they did."
For big stars like Wright, those gambles pay off. As former Sony Pictures Entertainment cochair Amy Pascal once said, the real issue comes down to the lack of opportunities for women. "The really top [female] stars get paid the same thing as their male counterparts,” she said. “The problem is the averages don't work because there are not enough parts for women to star in for them to get paid."
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