It has been quite a year. A lot of bad things happened in 2017, but there is one movement that emerged from all the rest of the garbage of 2017 that gave us hope for the future. This was the year women finally took a stand. And not just a small stand. A big one. A huge one. Women's voices were finally heard. Over the past year, dozens of celebrity women came forward to discuss their experiences with sexual harassment, and millions of women around the world can relate. The #MeToo movement brought women and their male allies together like nothing before, and a handful of high-profile women are blazing the trail for female equality and respect in the workplace. Now, another celebrity is taking a stand and tackling another gender issue.
It started when E! host Catt Sadler released a statement saying that she had left the network because of a gender wage gap disparity. After years of working for the network, Sadler learned that she earned much less than her male co-host. In fact, her male co-host was making almost twice as much as her.
Sadler released a long statement on her website explaining her departure. The TV host wanted to make it clear why she had suddenly disappeared from television. “I know first hand that dreams do come true,” Sadler began.
“For the past twelve years, I’ve been living mine out loud as one of the hosts on E television. For more than a decade I’ve walked through the doors at E and traveled into people’s living rooms around the world. I’ve reported from a royal wedding, the Olympics, and the Oscars. I’ve been to film festivals in France, movie premieres in Rio, and fashion week in Paris,” Sadler wrote.
Since launching her career in February 2006, Sadler has been able to do incredible things, like bucket list type things. From being “chased by the paparazzi on camera while shopping with Kris Jenner” to hosting shows with the Kardashians, hosting The Daily 10 and then heading E! news.
This year, Sadler explained, “Daily Pop was born.” That meant the host had “double duty.” She was hosting a live show during the day and also hosting E! news at night. “It was creatively challenging but genuinely one of the most fulfilling years of my professional career.”
It was during this time that Sadler learned “something alarming.” An executive from E!, she explained, showed her a document that proved “there was a massive disparity in pay between my similarly situated male co-host and myself.” Her male co-host, Sadler explained, “was making close to double my salary for the past several years.”
That’s when Sadler had to take a step back. “Information is power,” she wrote. “Or it should be. We are living in a new era. The gender pay gap is shrinking, although admittedly we have a long way to go. And well, I learned this first hand. My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly.”
“Know your worth,” Sadler added. “I have two decades experience in broadcasting and started at the network the very same year as my close friend and colleague that I adore. I so lovingly refer to him as my ‘tv husband’ and I mean it.”
But how could she continue working for the network, Sadler asked, when they wouldn’t pay her as much as her male co-host? You go girl. Stand up for what you deserve.
“How can I accept an offer that shows they do not value my contributions and paralleled dedication all these years?” Sadler asked. “How can I not echo the actions of my heroes and stand for what is right no matter what the cost? How can I remain silent when my rights under the law have been violated?”
“It’s scary,” Sadler admits, especially as a single mother of two boys. But, she explains, after being inspired by the “countless brave women” who have “come forward this year to speak their truth,” she couldn’t just remain silent. Despite taking a stand, the host admitted that it was hard to leave a job she loved.
“It was my desire to stay at my job,” Sadler wrote. “To continue entertaining our loyal viewers around the world. To keep working alongside some of the best writers, directors, and producers in the game. Everyone from the studio crew, hair and makeup artists, to the security at the front door are true friends of mine. They have been my work family and I love them dearly. Unfortunately, however, my decision was made for me and I must go.”
Sadler ended her statement with hope, writing, “I will find more work. I will create content with meaning. I will continue to pursue my passions while making my children proud. The way I see it, I have an obligation to be an agent for change.”