Former E! News co-host Catt Sadler has sparked another flame in the rapidly spreading women’s moment, Time’s Up.
In December 2017, Sadler announced that she was ending her 12-year career as a E! news anchor. Shortly after Sadler exited the network, she took to her blog, explaining a large disparity in pay between herself and her male co-host.
“…there was a massive disparity in pay between my similarly situated male co-host and myself,” she wrote. “More recently, when E! reached out to renew and extend my deal, I learned that he wasn’t just making a little more than I was. In fact, he was making close to double my salary for the past several years.”
At first, Sadler simply left it at a “wag gap” issue, but as her story began grabbing the attention of women across the globe, she realized she was dealing with a much larger epidemic.
Time’s Up, a movement created to combat sexual harassment and support victims of the #MeToo movement, has been gaining steam online since it was created in January 2018. As women began coinciding Sadler’s story with the Time’s Up movement, she quickly went from reporting the news to being the news.
Celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Debra Messing used the Golden Globes as a platform to show their support.
Women across the globe began expressing their support for Sadler as well, with the hashtag #ImWithCattSad.
— Kristin Burgin Fusco (@TheKBF) January 7, 2018
Following the overwhelming support, Sadler decided she needed to speak once again on her story. “Countless women around the world experience workplace discrimination, and it must end. Women are now, more than ever, fighting this fight out loud. They’re refusing to be silenced and are banding together to make change.”
Sadler concluded her final essay with a statement that speaks for women across the globe. “This isn’t about one person or a few—it’s about us. It’s about holding each other up as sisters, challenging the status quo, and refusing to accept less than what we deserve.”