Let’s be honest guys male or female if you can do the job you should be equally rewarded in pay. Sadly there are too many dinosaurs still in the workplace who refuse to pay everyone the same.Leading the battle for equality, the incredible Billie Jean King and Emma Stone share an important #EqualPayDay message. Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Battle of the Sexes is in UK cinemas late this month.
Alongside this message Fox, we have a new clip called “Press Release” which shows Emma Stone, as Billie Jean King, fighting for women to be paid equally for their impending tennis match.
It’s hard to believe when Ms.King won the 1972 US Open Single she only won $10,000 (about £7,500) with the male champion winning $25,000 (£23,500). Both still life-changing amounts but thanks to the hard fought battle King embarked on, equality slowly came in, sadly 45 years later women are still working hard for lower wages.
We caught Battle Of The Sexes at last month’s BFI London Film Festival, you can read Shane A.Bassett’s review here.
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
Battle Of The Sexes stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell as 1970’s tennis greats Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Alongside Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming and Elisabeth Shue.
Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Battle of the Sexes is in UK cinemas November 24.Powered by Sidelines