The actress has penned a thought-provoking, witty and wonderful piece about inequality.
Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence has come out hard against the gender pay inequality in Hollywood, in an impassioned essay she wrote for her friend Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter newsletter.
“It’s hard for me to speak about my experience as a working woman because I can safely say my problems aren’t exactly relatable,” she writes. “When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early.
“But if I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem “difficult” or “spoiled.”
At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being “difficult” or “spoiled.”
The actress writes she feared she would be seen as a ‘brat’ if she took the same career path as her male counterparts.
“I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable!” she writes”I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard.
“It’s just heard. Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves.
“If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share.”
What do you think about Jennifer Lawrence’s words?