Oprah Totally Went On Strike For Equal Pay…In The 1980s

Our favourite advice-giver once refused to work until her female producers got pay rises .

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Sure, there are some bad things about Oprah Winfrey, like the fact that she will never run for office.

But apart from that, she's kind of perfect.

Our favourite advice-giver and universal bezzie (a best friend we are yet to meet, obviously) has been kicking feminist butt since day one.

Not only is she ranked the richest African-American and the greatest black philanthropist in American history, Oprah has yet more accolades to her name.

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Yesterday, Time Magazine released a series of 'Time Firsts: Women Leaders Who Are Changing The World', and alongside Hillary Clinton, Selena Gomez and Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey is featured as the 'First woman to own and produce her own talk show'.

In her interview for the multimedia project, Winfrey discusses the success she found with the launch of The Oprah Winfrey Show in the 1980s, and that she was earning more money as the show's popularity grew.

But the salaries her female producers earned weren't going up and Oprah, naturally, had something to say about it.

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'I went to my boss at the time and I said everybody needs a raise," Winfrey told Time. 'And he said, 'Why?' He actually said to me, 'They're only girls. They're a bunch of girls — what do they need more money for?' I go, 'Well, either they're going to get raises, or I'm going to sit down.' I will not work unless they get paid.'

'And so they did. And while I was waiting for the bosses to pay them, I paid them myself in the interim.'

'I built this show around myself and the producers,' says Winfrey, the first woman ever to own and produce her own talk show. 'We were young women in our 30s trying to figure it out and find our own way.'

After years on being unable to leverage her own pay to equal her male peers, as soon as she was in a position of power, she helped the women around her.

Brb, just praying at the shrine of Oprah.

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