Jennifer Lawrence on the pay gap: “I got mad at myself”
You may have recalled us telling you a couple of months ago about Lena Dunham's entry into the online media market - with a weekly newsletter titled Lenny (if you're intrigued, sign up here). While the newsletter has been arriving in curious people's inboxes for weeks now, pulling major coups like Hillary Clinton and Amy Poehler interviews, the latest Lenny letter managed to go viral - thanks to the assisted help of America's current sweetheart - Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence. Weighing in on the modern-day feminist's favourite topic - the gender pay gap - J Law managed to drop a few truth bombs in her op-ed.
Among them, that she's remained quiet on the subject of feminism for fear of pissing people off. While Lawrence admits to being in the enviable position of not really needing a pay rise, her honesty about it being her own fault is commendable, although not 100 per cent correct (if you ask us, the gender pay gap is an entrenched inequality and no individual female is to blame).
She writes: "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. When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d*cks, I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. 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)."
And then she summed up the eternal argument that's essentially at the root of the gender wage gap - women worrying about their likeability factor. "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'."
Going on to highlight how her American Hustle co-stars Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper "all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves" she states, "I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! F**k that. 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."
Ending with this zinger that references the infamous leaked Sony email conversation about Angelina Jolie, Lawrence sums up the name-calling that so often paralyses women from asking for more. "Again, this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn't completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a 'spoiled brat.' For some reason, I just can't picture someone saying that about a man."
In proof of the actress' immense power, words and tweets of support have already started flooding in from fellow A-listers like Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jessica Chastain and Emma Watson. We definitely think you won that round, J Law.
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