Jennifer Lawrence discusses wage gap, sexism and personal responsibility in open essay
Jennifer Lawrence wrote a new essay for the October 13th edition of “Lenny,” the feminist newsletter created by Lena Dunham with her fellow co-showrunner from “Girls” Jenni Konner. In the open-essay to readers Lawrence speaks out against the pay-wage gap that Lawrence experienced while working on her film “American Hustle.” The gap was discovered, and verified, following last year’s Sony hack.
“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,” Lawrence explains in the essay
“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 wrote. “This is an element of my personality that I’ve been working against for years, and based on the statistics, I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue. Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? … 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— that,” she concludes. “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.”
The essay is a powerful new addition to the growing newsletter, which has proven to be a wonderful new outlet for filmmakers, actors and industry veterans to speak out against the injustices they witness or experience within the Hollywood community.
You can read Jennifer Lawrence’s full essay on the official site.