Speaking with Radio Times magazine, Cumberbatch himself 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.’”
“Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism,” he added.
CAN I GET AN AMEN UP IN HERE?
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.
"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 own production company.
And even better! Cumberbatch isn’t the only male celebrity who is here to stand up against the archaic 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.
And even before all of this, other male actors such as Paul Newman have done the same!
Still, it could take as many as 170 years (yep, unfortunately, you read that figure right) for women to earn the same wage as men for equal work, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report. Ridiculous.
Of course, with that sort of a wage gap circulating, it’s going to take a whole batch of Cumberbatches to end pay inequality for good. But hey, just having one of them is a pretty good start, don't you think?
But you can also join in the campaign yourself and take action here.
I know one thing for sure, as long there are people like Mr. Cumberbatch in the world, it doesn't seem quite the terrible place it once was.
Keep fighting that good fight, gentlemen! Us women of the world truly do appreciate your efforts.