Petition asks George Clooney to help close Hollywood's pay gap

Hollywood superstar George Clooney's name has popped up on a new petition demanding equal pay for Hollywood's leading ladies.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 23, 2015, 09:58 AM IST
Petition asks George Clooney to help close Hollywood's pay gap

Los Angeles: Hollywood superstar George Clooney's name has popped up on a new petition demanding equal pay for Hollywood's leading ladies.

Days after Jennifer Lawrence penned an essay bemoaning the gender pay gap, her frequent collaborator Bradley Cooper urged his fellow actors to be "more transparent" about their salaries, so their female co-stars could be clear about they're worth to the movie studios.

Now a new Care2 petition has been launched to encourage Clooney, 54, to follow Cooper's lead and reveal his salary information.

Almost 10,000 people have already signed the petition, which was written by feminist Julie Rodriguez.

"While it's easy to dismiss the concerns of professionals like Jennifer Lawrence as coming from a place of privilege most of us will never know, the fact is that sexism in Hollywood reflects sexism within our culture in general," she said.

"Whether a woman is being paid millions less than her co-workers or just losing a few extra dollars an hour, pay inequality is unacceptable in 2015. George Clooney has taken a stand on civil rights issues across the world. I hope he'll consider pledging to fight the pay gap in his own industry as well."