A slew of women singers and rappers have called for Hollywood to pay attention to the gender pay gap in the music industry.
In a series of tweets, stars including Cher, Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Katy Tur, Beyoncé, and more called for studios to take action to make the industry more equitable for women.
In their first tweet, Cher wrote, “When the women of the world sing for us, it’s time to pay them equally for what they deserve.
@britishfilms”The first lady also shared a video from a performance by Beyoncé in London in 2014 that shows an entire chorus singing the hit song “Formation.”
The video was widely seen as sexist, and in the wake of the backlash, British music producer and former British Prime Minister David Cameron apologized for the video.
In another tweet, Tur tweeted, “I’m sick of hearing about #PayTheWomenAsYouEarn.
Let’s stop pretending that equal pay is a thing, and start putting real, concrete action to stop it.”
Other stars included Rihanna, Selah Sue, and Beyoncé.
In a follow-up tweet, Beyonce said, “You are right that equal representation is a fundamental human right.
You are right to have your voice heard and your talent recognized.
But I also think that you need to pay your performers equally.
It’s time we did the hard work and put our money where our mouths are and support the talented women we all love.”
Rihanna also tweeted, “@britianfilms if they want to change the game, let them pay women more for the work that they do, and take care of us too.”
In a follow up tweet, Rihanna added, “The truth is that no woman should have to choose between her work and her family.
In another Twitter post, Tur said, “@BritishFilms @brianna_tur is right.
When the women in the world go out on the world stage, they deserve equal pay.
@BritiFilms”In another follow up, Tur wrote, “@BritiFilm is right about the importance of pay equity for female performers.
I’m so glad to hear @BritishFilms call for action.”
In her tweet, singer Katy Perry also said, “#ShowWomenEquity.
I believe in equal pay for equal work, but it starts with making sure all of us have a voice & a chance to shine.
Miley Cyrus and Beyonce also addressed the issue in a tweet.
“It’s time for #PayWomenAsWomenEarn.
#BritishFilm”The two stars said, “[email protected] & @bryantfilms @Britishfilm @bristolfilms, it doesn’t have to be this way.
The tweets came on the heels of a recent report from The New York Times that said female singers are underrepresented in music, with female artists making up just 14 percent of top-earning female musicians.