As many as 3,000 signatures have been added to a petition demanding that Hollywood close the so-called gender pay gap for production workers. Celebrities from Sterling K. Brown to Jane Fonda to Ava DuVernay have all voiced their support.
"It’s time for the Entertainment Industry to take a hard look at its pay and compensation practices above and below the line to make sure all productions meet the legal — and moral — requirement to pay fairly without discrimination," says the letter, according to The Wrap.
The letter will be delivered into the hands of leaders at major studios, networks and production companies.
The Wrap reports that entertainment union IATSE hired Working IDEAL to "evaluate the gender wage bias in four female-dominated crafts in film and television production." Completed in January, the study alleged a wage disparity of "hundreds or even thousands of dollars per week less than counterparts in comparable male-dominated crafts."
The letter also claims that pay gaps for women enable predators like Harvey Weinstein to take advantage of their subordinates, making it difficult for them to bring #MeToo allegations to light.
"In the current age of #MeToo and the launching of Times Up we have seen that some production companies have moved to correct gender-based wage inequality for actors working on the same projects," the letter continues, "but there has not been any similar effort made to address wage gaps for those working behind the scenes. … It is time for real change."
On top of the celebrities listed above, Charlie Day, Don Cheadle, Mandy Moore, and John C. Riley have all lent their signatures to the petition.
Last week, IMDBPro established a feature on its Android platform app allowing industry workers to report #MeToo violations.