Best known for his roles as “Doctor Strange” and “Sherlock Holmes” actor Benedict Cumberbatch has no problem explaining why he’s a feminist or fighting for women’s rights. In an interview with Radio Times magazine he explains his personal policy against unequal pay, explaining how he simply “won’t stand for it.” “Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism” he adds.
Cumberbatch is also always proud to admit and announce that he is one of only two men at his production company, SunnyMarch. As a business savvy man, he says that focusing on women-centric stories is both the right thing to do and good for business. Box office sales have shown over time that the audience is primarily female and minority based. “A female story with a female lens about motherhood, in a time of environmental disaster” is the inspiration behind his up and coming projects.
Cumberbatch is not the first or only male actor to adjust his salary and stand up against unequal pay. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, unfortunately, it could take another 170 years before women just automatically earn equal wages for equal work.