Viola Davis addresses Meryl Streep comparisons, pay inequality

It’s time to pay Viola Davis.

The Oscar-winning actress spoke out about pay inequality in Hollywood at a Women in the World event in Los Angeles.

“I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver. They all came out of Yale, they came out of Juilliard, they came out of NYU. They had the same path as me, and yet I am nowhere near them,” Davis, a Julliard graduate, said.

“Not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, nowhere close to it.”

The 52-year-old actress currently stars in Shonda Rhimes’ “How to Get Away with Murder, but is best known for the silver screen, including the 2008 “Doubt,” which co-starred Streep.

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“People say, ‘You’re a black Meryl Streep, we love you. There is no one like you,” Davis said. “OK, then if there’s no one like me, you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth.”

The argument for pay equality in Hollywood has taken on new life recently, including for Michelle Williams’ substantially smaller paycheck for “All the Money in the World” reshoots, when Mark Wahlberg reportedly earned 1,500 times more than her.

Catt Sadler left E! News after learning she learned half of co-host Jason Kennedy, while Emma Stone said she had been on movies where male co-stars took pay cuts to even out the salaries.

“You’ll have a Shailene Woodley, who’s fabulous. And she may have had 37 magazine covers in one year. 37!” Davis said.

“And then you’ll have someone — a young actress of color who’s on her same level of talent and everything. And she may get four. And there is sense in our culture that you have to be happy with that.”

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Actor Viola Davis, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award for 'Fences' poses in the press room during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Actor Viola Davis accepts Best Supporting Actress for 'Fences' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Viola Davis presented the award by Mark Rylance after winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Fences."

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89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Viola Davis accepts the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Fences."

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89th Academy Awards - Oscars Backstage - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Actress Viola Davis poses with her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the film Fences.

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89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Viola Davis is congratulated after winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Fences."

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89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Viola Davis is congratulated by Meryl Streep after winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Fences."

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Actor Viola Davis, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award for 'Fences' poses in the press room during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

US actress Viola Davis delivers a speech on stage after she won the award for Best Supporting Actress in 'Fences' at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Actor Viola Davis, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award for 'Fences' and actor Mark Rylance pose in the press room during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

US actress Viola Davis delivers a spech on stage after she won the award for Best Supporting Actress in 'Fences' at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

(MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Actor Viola Davis accepts Best Supporting Actress for 'Fences' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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