Sarah Silverman is known for her quick — and commonly vulgar — wit. When she takes the stage, she holds nothing back, chuckling about the most morose subjects.
This time, though, she's not laughing. She uses her no-holds-barred attitude to show her support for, apparently, the last thing she considers a joke: women's rights.
As National Equal Pay Day approaches on April 14, Silverman is joining Levo's #Ask4More campaign, which encourages women to stand up for what they deserve in the workplace. Levo is an online resource for the career advancement of young women.
In a video for the campaign (below), previewed first by People, the 44-year-old comedian shares her personal experience with inequality in Hollywood. She was once paid $10 for a 15-minute performance when a male comedian in the same spot earned $60.
"I think the best person for the job should get jobs," said Silverman. "I'm all for women having to work harder to prove themselves at this juncture, if that's the way it is in the world. But if you work a job, and a man is working the same job, you should be getting paid the same."
She says, with a perplexed look on her face, that on Twitter, she gets the most violent, hateful responses when she brings up anything women's rights-related.
But women's rights opposers are not the only obstacle in women's way. She points out that women can be too hard on themselves, and that one solution is learning to "understand what we deserve."
"We deserve quality lives, with equality, and maybe control over our own human bodies, without the government getting involved, to do whatever we get great at and do, and it has to come from inside and understanding that you deserve it.
“If I catch myself going, ‘ugh, oh, my thighs are disgusting,’ I always just say, ‘I’m strong and my body works.’”
Silverman may not be the first person that comes to mind when you think "role model," but wow, she is one hell of a role model.
Other role models who support the #Ask4More campaign (so far!) include Chelsea Clinton, Natalie Morales and Sheryl Sandberg.
So take their advice, and ask for more, respectfully — you deserve it.
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