Michelle Williams Uses Her Emmys Award Speech to Fight for Equal Pay

TVGuide.com | 9/22/2019 | Megan Vick
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The Emmys are the biggest night in television, so it's no surprise that many of talented people who won awards used their speeches to advocate for causes they believe in. When Michelle Williams took the stage to accept her Leading Actress in a Limited Series trophy for her show-stopping performance as Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon, she delivered a powerful speech advocating for equal pay.

Below, find the transcript of Williams' speech, which spoke of the power of empowering actresses on set and the ripple it can have in the work as a whole.

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"Thank you so much to the Television Academy for this and to the incredible cast and crew who worked so hard to make this TV show, especially you Sammy Rockwell, I know how hard you worked.

"I see this as an acknowledgement of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feel safe enough to voice them, and respected enough that they'll be heard. When I asked for more dance classes, I heard, 'Yes.' More voice lessons, 'Yes.' A different wig and a pair of fake teeth not made out of rubber, 'Yes.' And all of these things, they require effort and they cost more money, but my bosses never presumed to know better than I did about what I needed in order to my job and...
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