Eva Longoria is known not only for her acting, but also her philanthropy. The Desperate Housewives star recently shared a post by Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, about the discrimination Latin women face in America regarding their paychecks.
Longoria captioned the post, “Glad to see Sheryl Sandberg supporting #LatinaEqualPay Day. Let’s lean in for equality to end the pay gap for good!” Along with that was the main article, originally published by the American Association of University Women, a non-profit organization that aims to empower the fairer sex.
The write-up asked readers an important question: whether they would like to work equal hours as their male counterparts, and yet be paid only half the amount. “That’s the Gender Pay Gap for Latinas,” it revealed, adding that for every dollar a Caucasian, non-Hispanic man is paid in America, a Hispanic or Latina woman is paid just 54 cents.
While some fans on Facebook supported Longoria for speaking out on the issue, others were quick to point out flaws in her argument and slammed the actress for buying into the “age gap myth.” The post definitely sparked some interesting debates on the issue.
Longoria’s post comes just on the heels of Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence’s open letter, “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?” Posted earlier this week, Lawrence talked about how the same problem exists in Hollywood.
Other celebrities speaking up in favor of Lawrence’s argument include Emma Watson, Jessica Chastain, Bradley Cooper, and Mia Wasikowska. For instance, Chastain said that for many notable films, such as Misery and What Happened to Baby Jane, it is the actresses that “give the most incredible performances.”
Eva Longoria’s Facebook page, accessed October 16, 2015.
Jennifer Lawrence’s Facebook page, accessed October 16, 2015.
Lang, B., “Jessica Chastain on Hollywood’s Gender Pay Gap: ‘It’s Not Right,’” Variety web site, October 15, 2015.