Study: Pay Disparity for Women Making Films

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Reprinted from The Columbian by David Ng on June 17, 2018.

As a Hollywood script supervisor with nearly three decades of experience, Dawn Gilliam has worked on major blockbusters including Black Panther and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But even with a stellar resume, Gilliam said she still experiences condescension and bias on a regular basis.

Some of the affronts are casual in nature, including being pejoratively called “scripty” on set. “It kind of devalues what the job is,” Gilliam said during a break in the Philadelphia shoot of Creed II. “We sit with the director. Our notes go to the producer.”

She said more pernicious bias comes in the form of pay disparity. “When you ask for more money — a higher hourly rate — they say, ‘We don’t have it.’ It’s discouraging,” Gilliam said. …

The Columbian 6/17

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