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Despite the constant (negative) spotlight thrust onto the Hollywood gender wage gap in recent years, the tradition of underpaying actresses persists and, depending on who you ask, shows little sign of changing soon. A recent demoralizing example of the pay gap was Gillian Anderson, who said that for the 2016 X-Files revival, she was initially offered half of what David Duchonvy was. Anderson​ stood her ground and had her salary upped.

Unfortunately, refusing to back down in negotiations can only go so far, according to an anonymous female agent from "one of the top talent agencies" who spoke with Cosmopolitan about the negotiation process for film and TV.