Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy are both at the top of the TV world and both just signed contracts with Netflix. So why will Shonda, a woman a color, be paid only a third
of what Murphy, a white man will be paid?Sign on if you want Shonda to be paid the same as Murphy.
Rhimes has created hits like Grey's Anatomy
and How To Get Away With Murder
and Murphy has created hits like Nip/Tuck
and American Horror Story
. They are both amazing, high performing producers. Which really makes this seem like just another change for a woman, especially a woman of color, to get the shaft.
We know there are gender pay disparities at all levels of labor and in every industry and while arguing for more money for already incredibly wealthy folks may seem silly, it's about setting a precedent and demanding pay parity. Shonda's contract is for $100 million and Murphy's is $300 million.
Rhimes famously encouraged Ellen Pompei, the star of Grey's Anatomy and now the highest paid woman in television to demand pay parity. Let's return that favor and help Rhimes get what she deserves as well.Both Murphy and Rhimes are bound to create amazing television for Netflix. Now is the time to demand she is paid the same as him. Sign on if you agree.