Fosse/Verdon: Michelle Williams, Emmy Winner–Impassioned Speech about Pay Parity

Michelle Williams, Emmy winner for Fosse/Verdon, thanked a lot of people Sunday night for her lead actress Emmy, but her biggest thanks went to the show’s network for its pay practices.

“I see this as an acknowledgement of what is possible when a woman is trusted and feels safe enough to voice her needs and respected enough to be heard … my bosses never presumed to know better than I did about what I needed in order to do my job and honor Gwen Verdon,” Williams said.

“Thank you so much to FX and Fox 21 studios for supporting me and paying me equally, because they understood that when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value. Where do they put that value? They put it into their work.”

Williams then made an impassioned plea for pay equity across the entertainment industry, calling for female employees to be paid a fare and equal wage.