Chelsea Handler Dinner Party Guests Dish On Sexism And Pay Inequity In Hollywood

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Chelsea Handler hosts another one of her dinner parties with actresses Hilary Swank and Connie Britton, director Ava DuVernay and Miss USA Deshauna Barber, who speak candidly about the overall landscape of how women are treated and Hollywood’s gender pay gap.

In this sneak peek, DuVernay, who received a Golden Globe nod for her work on Selma, shares what it was like to take on the $20 million film knowing six male directors had passed before she was offered the job. Swank also reveals she was paid only $3,000 for her Oscar-winning role in the 1999 drama Boys Don’t Cry, pointing out that her salary was so low that it wasn’t enough to qualify her for Screen Actors Guild health insurance. “I had an Academy Award,” she says, “but no health insurance.”

The full episode, which also includes Gloria Steinem giving short lessons on women from history, is available to stream on Netflix now.