Kate Winslet Doesn't Want to Talk About the Gender Pay Gap

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The often significant gap in the pay between actors and actresses has created quite a buzz in Hollywood lately. Jennifer Lawrence recently penned a Lenny letter about fearing that she would be seen as "unlikable" if she spoke up about a salary increase on American Hustle, and several other actresses like Sandra Bullock have come forward to say that they have had similar experiences. Though more and more stars are coming forward to talk about the issue, there is one A-lister that doesn't want to discuss the gender pay gap, and that's Oscar winner Kate Winslet.

Kate spoke to ELLE about the recent gender pay discussion, and stated that she felt the conversation wasn't particularly appropriate. She told the magazine:

I don't think that's a very nice conversation to have publicly at all. I'm quite surprised by these conversations, to be honest, simply because it seems quite a strange thing to be discussing out in the open like that. I am a very lucky woman, and I'm quite happy with how things are ticking along... If I'd ever been in that situation I would have either dealt with it or removed myself from it... I haven't ever felt that I've really had to stick up for myself just because I'm a woman.

While Kate is certainly entitled to her opinion, I am a bit surprised that Kate is pleading the fifth on this issue. Kate has often been vocal about her dislike for things she deems as harmful to women, even adding a "no retouching" clause to her L'Oreal campaign contract. She has talked at length about body image, and about women feeling comfortable in her own skin. Kate is a strong defender of women, so why is this a topic she feels is inappropriate to discuss?

Perhaps the reason that Kate feels this topic isn't particularly important is because she rarely notices it. Unlike JLaw, who is still early in her career, Kate is an established actress and has already reached an extremely high level of success in the industry. Kate's career has held steady for years, which may make her feel more comfortable to speak up in contract negotiations. Some younger, less experienced actresses might not feel quite as "safe" and choose to settle for a lower number in order to maintain a certain public image.

Kate may not want to elaborate on the gender pay gap, but I'm hoping that many other celebrities do: whatever ones opinion, it's a topic worth discussing.
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