In the months that have followed the women-led movements of #MeToo and Time’s Up, things have been changing. At least, that’s what we’ve been hoping for.
Whether it’s through a scroll through Twitter, or with a talk around a table, we’re witnessing significant cultural conversations begin to take shape, and more people are starting to demand what women deserve.
Women have been joining forces to champion themselves, defeat the silence forced upon them and demand better from men, better from their employers, and better from the systems that fail them.
Yet, it can be hard to measure the effect of these conversations on the lives of real women. Has anyone been listening? It turns out, HBO has. Thanks in large part to Reese Witherspoon.
Its president of programming, Casey Bloys, told The Hollywood Reporter that the premium cable network had been working on closing the gender pay gap within its own four walls, crediting conversations with the Big Little Lies actress.
While Bloys declined to give specific examples of salary adjustments for HBO’s shows, he told THR, “One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese, who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently.
“We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows — in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay; and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward. And that’s is a direct result of the Times Up movement.”
He also commented that, “People are getting what they deserve. So, I’m sure they were happy, but they also shouldn’t have to fight for it.”
Just when we thought Reese Witherspoon couldn’t get any better.
I mean, have you even seen Legally Blonde? Elle Woods is iconic, and quite frankly, the reason why I’ve become such a good arguer. Get the snap cup out, you guys, Reese Witherspoon has done it again by taking action to help lift women up.