Kit Steinkellner
April 06, 2015 10:14 am

Equal Pay Day is coming up (April 14th, mark your calendars) and comedian Sarah Silverman just released a video, first seen on People, in which she gets very serious about the wage gap problem.

In the video, Silverman recounts a story from her early stand-up days in which she was paid $10 for a 15-minute set, only to later learn that a male friend who performed the same night, for the same amount of time, on the same stage and was on equal footing to Silverman in the comedy world, was paid $60 bucks for his efforts. Pretty unfair, and yet pretty standard.

“If you work a job and a man is working the same job, you should be getting paid the same,” Silverman says in the video. ” . . . I don’t think anybody’s asking for anything that’s more than fair.”

Silverman proceeds in the five-minute video, honestly and sincerely, talking about the various ways that sexism affects her day-to-day life.

She says, “You know, my therapist said, and I think about it all the time, ‘We don’t get what we want, we get what we think we deserve.’ And I think, as women, as a whole, if we can understand what we deserve . . . we deserve quality lives with equality . . . to do whatever we get great at and can do, and that has to come from inside, and understanding that you deserve it, and working to deserve it.”

The video, that launches the nine-day Ask4More campaign was put together by Levo (the “largest professional network working to help millennials achieve career success,” according to People) with the goal of the campaign being to “empower and equip women with the tools and resources” for a successful career. What’s perhaps most powerful about the video is seeing Silverman so earnest. She is not making us laugh, she is pushing us to act.

Check out the thoughtful and powerful video below:

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