Forbes released their top-grossing actor list and, for the first time, a woman - Scarlett Johansson - topped the list at $1.2B in ticket sales (thanks to her role as Black Widow).
At first glance, you'd think that Scarlet smashed though that Hollywood glass ceiling but "grossing" the most amount in ticket sales doesn't mean that you got equal pay. The highest "paid" actors in 2016 were Dwayne Johnson, Jackie Chan and Matt Damon. Only two women made it into the top ten paid actors: Jennifer Lawrence and Melissa McCarthy.
If I was Scarlet's agent, I'd be lighting up the phone lines and filing suits for violation of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. It's not bad enough that you have to be young, beautiful, and talented but even when you put money in their pockets they don't cut you in for your fair share. When I practiced law, I saw this time and time again.
I have this fantasy of Hollywood women rising up and demanding equal pay or no more T&A in movies. If they didn't have young, nubile actresses, what other images would they use to market their films? How else would they fill seats?
Sometimes change has to happen at the top to effect change for the rest of us.