What it means to be a woman is on many American women’s minds right now, since our current presidential election is playing out like a gender studies course simulation.
Even Chelsea Handler is not immune, and she used an episode of her show Chelsea to explore some of the issues women think about.
Her guests definitely narrow the exploration of what constitutes women’s issues.
While there’s plenty of valid criticism for how the gender pay gap isn’t going to be closed by rich white actresses, an anecdote Hilary Swank tells about how she was paid earlier in her career is still fairly shocking.
She explains that she only made $3,000 for her Academy Award-winning performance in Boys Don’t Cry, which didn’t even qualify her for health insurance.
After her second Oscar win, she was offered a part across from a male lead who had recently become “hot,” but had no critical acclaim.
He was paid $10 million and she was offered $500,000.
After she turned down the role, the part was given to an upcoming actress who was paid only $50,000.
Movie: The Departed
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Actress: Vera Farmiga