Michelle Williams' speech at the Emmys touches on white privilege, equality and more

Michelle Williams poses with award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie in the press room during the 71st Emmy Awards. (AFP)
Michelle Williams poses with award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie in the press room during the 71st Emmy Awards. (AFP)

Cape Town – Michelle Williams won her first-ever Emmy award for her role as Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon.

During her acceptance speech, the 39-year-old spoke out about the importance of equal pay for women.

In 2018 the Oscar-nominated actress was at the centre of a pay disparity issue when it was revealed that her co-star Mark Wahlberg was paid 1 500 times more than her for reshoot scenes for All the Money in the World.

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Taking to the stage on Sunday the Golden Globe winner said: "I want to thank FX and Fox Studios for supporting me completely and for paying me equally because they understood. They understood that when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value. And where do they put that value?

She continued: "And so the next time a woman, and especially a woman of colour — because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterpart — tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her. Believe her."

WATCH THE FULL SPEECH HERE:

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