The Rockefeller Foundation Insight Dialogues (May 17, 2016)

Robin Wright joined Rockefeller Foundation for a discussion on human rights, gender equality and the documentary she narrated and produced, “When Elephants Fight”, out in May.

A strong advocate of gender equity, Robin was quick to point out the need for women to advocate for equal pay, citing her own example as the female lead of the leading Netflix original ‘House of Cards”:

I said: “I want to be paid the same as Kevin.” Because House of Cards is one of very few films or TV shows where the patriarch and the matriarch are equal. Statistically there was a period of time in a recent season when Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than his. So I capitalized on that moment and said, “You better pay me or I’m going to go public.” And they did.

Robin went on to spotlight her work with Stand With Congo, which aims to addresses the plight of Congolese women, who have for years been the victims of mental and physical abuse, not to mention perilous work conditions extracting minerals that are used in consumer electronic devices. In the words of the women themselves, “We have a natural resource that is a curse for us.”


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