Sarah Silverman has joined Levo’s #Ask4More campaign and shared some very real insight into what it’s currently like for women in the workplace.
And the actress and comedian is proving Hollywood is no different, in an interview with People.
With National Equal Pay Day coming up on April 14, many celebs are taking the chance to take a stand against discrimination in the workplace, especially when it comes to the wage gap for women.
Silverman has loaned her voice to the campaign and shared a personal experience about inequality in Hollywood. “I did a show. I was out with my friend Todd Barry and we were doing sets around town together. And, you know, I was pretty well known already. We both did back-to-back 15-minute sets at this club, the New York Comedy Club. And he [the owner of the club] paid me 10 bucks, and it was a Saturday night, and I didn’t think anything of it, you know. And we were outside talking and Todd somehow brought up, you know, he mentioned he had gotten 60 bucks. He just got $60 and I just got $10. We did the exact same time, back-to-back, on the same show.”
Silverman said she confronted the owner of the club, who shrugged it off like it was a misunderstanding. And, while Silverman explains she didn’t need the money, it was still symbolic and still “s***ty.”
In a broader discussion about jobs, Silverman explained, “I think the best person for the job should get jobs. I’m all for women having to work harder to prove themselves at this juncture, if that’s the way it is in the world. But if you work a job, and a man is working the same job, you should be getting paid the same.”
The Ask4More campaign is a professional network aimed at helping millennials reach success. Other celebrity supporters include Chelsea Clinton, Natalie Morales and Sheryl Sandberg.
Silverman was also sure to point out in the interview that it isn’t just about women getting what they deserve, it’s about women not being so hard on themselves and understanding what they deserve.
“We deserve quality lives with equality,” Silverman said.
She continued, “There’s something with just being able to ask for what you want politely, respectfully.”
Check out the full interview below
For more info about the campaign you can head to Levo’s website.