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Benedict Cumberbatch Won't Take a Role if Female Co-Star Isn't Paid Equally

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has never shied away from speaking about why he’s a feminist. But now, the “Sherlock” and “Doctor Strange” star is putting his money where his mouth is. 

Speaking with Radio Times magazine, Cumberbatch opened up about his personal policy for dealing with unequal pay: Don’t stand for it. 

“Look at your quotas,” Cumberbatch said in last week’s interview. “Ask what women are being paid, and say: ‘If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not doing it.’”

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“Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism,” he added. 

Cumberbatch also told Radio Times that he was “proud” to be one of only two men at his production company, SunnyMarch — and hinted at a new project about motherhood, Vulture reports

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“If it’s centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects,” Cumberbatch said of his production company.  

Read More: Female Stars of ‘Big Bang Theory’ Are Demanding Equal Pay for Equal Work

Cumberbatch isn’t the only male celebrity to stand up against the gender wage gap. 

Other male actors who have adjusted their salaries to support female colleagues include the male cast of “The Big Bang Theory,Bradley Cooper, and several of Emma Stone’s male co-stars.  

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Well before this, other male actors like Paul Newman had done the same. 

Still, it could take as many as 170 years for women to earn the same wage as men for equal work, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report. 

Read More: Emma Stone: Male Co-Stars Have Taken Pay Cuts to Promote Gender Equality

With that sort of a wage gap, it’s going to take a whole batch of Cumberbatches to end pay inequality for good. 

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