Jennifer Lawrence Talks Hollywood’s Gender Wage Gap

Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t tend to weigh in on topics related to feminism, but she has now written a rather length post about Hollywood’s gender wage gap.

You may remember that all this started when the Sony email leak happened, a lot of actresses discovered they were being paid considerably less than their male counterparts. Now, Jennifer herself admits that her “problems aren’t exactly relatable” in terms of scope, her thoughts and experiences of a woman in a male dominated workspace are definitely something we’ve all experienced.

“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 dicks, 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).”

“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.'”

“[…]Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? We’ve only been able to vote for what, 90 years? I’m seriously asking — my phone is on the counter and I’m on the couch, so a calculator is obviously out of the question. Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men?”

“[…]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. It’s just heard.”

Her thoughts on the matter (which can be read in their entirety, here) have been drawing support and positive responses from all kinds of people, including Emma Watson and Mark Ruffalo.




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Jennifer Lawrence has spoken on Hollywood's gender wage gap.