By Courtney Connley (@ClassicalyCourt)

An E! spokesperson denied claims that Kennedy was paid more in a statement to People and said, “E! compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender.”

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, women are still paid 20 percent less than their male counterparts for equal work. Research shows that women won’t reach pay equality until 2059. For Hispanic women, equality won’t be reached until 2233, and for black women 2124.

“This is about every women in every industry globally,” said Messing.

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