Laurie Walters – Breaking Barriers on Eight Is Enough
Laurie Walters portrayed the role of Joanie Bradford, one of the middle children on the beloved show, Eight Is Enough. Interestingly, in real life, she was actually older than most of her fellow child actors in the series. As a true representative of her time, Walters bravely raised her voice against the gender pay disparity on the show, pointing out that the male actors were being paid more than their female counterparts. She took charge and advocated for the women to negotiate together, striving for fairness and equality. Prior to her role in Eight Is Enough, she had already made notable appearances on other popular sitcoms of the era, such as Cheers and Happy Days.