According to Hayek, however, it is not just women who have suffered as a effect of powerful men abusing their positions.
The number of women taking part is the same as the number of films directed by women to have been selected to feature at Cannes in its more than seven-decade history.
But a day after joining the 82-woman protest at the Cannes Film Festival, Hayek revealed change for women in Tinseltown is already happening.
The gender pay gap, however, will take far longer to close, Hayek said.
She further explained, "If actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses".
She said they had also targeted the testimony of "Black Panther" star Lupita Nyong'o knowing that "women of colour are believed less".
"The actors have to say: 'OK, time's up". But she also had a warning for these women: "they still want to pay you the exploitative salary they paid you before".
"Time's up. You had a good run but it is time now to be generous with the actresses", she added. "It worked. And I think we should enjoy it".
Actress Salma Hayek demands male entertainers should be open to voluntarily accepting a pay cut if they're serious about evening the playing field in Hollywood's gender wage disparity.
Hayek wrote an essay in The New York Times in December that accused Weinstein of sexual harassment during the making of the film "Frida". So he went back, attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us ... he could then maybe discredit the rest.
She also expressed frustration over Weinstein's decision to only comment on the allegations made by women of color because they are the easiest to discredit according to her.
"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise [.] We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination and progress".
"We should have been angrier sooner", she said. "Men have the opportunity, which is so attractive, to rethink what does it mean to be a man", she said.