Jennifer Lawrence Pens a Powerful, Funny Essay on Hollywood's Gender Wage Gap

Jennifer Lawrence Pens a Powerful, Funny Essay on Hollywood's Gender Wage Gap
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Hollywood's highest-paid actress, is finally speaking out about the gender wage gap in Tinseltown. In an essay titled "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?" which appears in Lena Dunham's latest Lenny newsletter, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence discusses finding out how much less she was being paid than her male co-stars.

And somehow, despite the serious subject matter—and repeated admissions that she's "over" worrying about being likeable—the 25-year-old superstar remains just as charismatic as ever.

"When it comes to the subject of feminism, I've remained ever-so-slightly quiet," says Lawrence, who admits that her experiences as a working woman are far from relatable. "But with a lot of talk comes change, so I want to be honest and open and, fingers crossed, not piss anyone off."

Sony email hack in 2014 revealed that while she and her female co-star, Amy Adams, received seven percent of backend profits for American Hustle, their male co-stars (Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner) all made nine percent.

"I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early," Lawrence says of the fallout from the hack. "I didn't want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don't need. (I told you it wasn't relatable, don't hate me)."

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"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,'" Lawrence goes on to confess. "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.'"

Click here to read the full essay, and sign up for Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter at lennyletter.com

 
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