This is really rather snigger inducing:
Wanamaker, who appeared alongside Simon Russell Beale in Much Ado About Nothing at the National Theatre last year, said agents and bookers should be \”more careful\” when negotiating deals for female performers.
\”Women are always at the bottom as far as pay is concerned – the equal pay business is a big struggle,\” she told The Stage newspaper.
Equal pay for equal work!
Except, of course, pay is set by supply and demand, not anything else. From the same article:
A recent petition demanding equal pay for women launched by Equity, the actors\’ union, states that though \”over half the viewing public is female, in TV drama, for every female character, there are two male characters\”.
So, there is less demand for actresses as opposed to actors. If the desire to act is the same, if supply is similar, then clearly to balance supply and demand there will be differential prices.
And, umm, don\’t we regularly hear that there is a terrible shortage of roles for women of a certain age? If we\’ve got an armyette of post-menopausal women fighting for a diminished number of roles, wouldn\’t we expect their pay to go down?
A survey conducted across 20 countries last year by unions representing nearly 80,000 performers found female actors get paid less than men and have fewer work opportunities.
Well, yes, quite…..