Earlier this morning, Jennifer Lawrence posted on her Facebook page an essay that bluntly brings to light the wage gap that exists between male and female actors.
When you think of Jennifer Lawrence, you think of the bubbly, funny woman who is not afraid to make a fool of herself in front of the whole world. She is one of the most beloved actresses today and has made her impact in the film industry by starring in the franchises The Hunger Games and X-Men, as well as winning an Oscar in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook. Also at the beginning of 2015, Lawrence topped the list of Forbes Highest Paid Actresses list with a whopping $52 million.
So what would prompt her to right such an essay? Lawrence wrote it for lennyletter.com, a website started by Lena Dunham to promote feminism and equality through letters written by other women about issues in society. She starts her essay off by acknowledging that her situation isn't exactly relatable to most but she still feels the need to say something.
Jennifer Lawrence said that all of this really became a noticeable problem to her after the Sony hack and the information about how much she was paid for American Hustle compared to her costars was released. Then when she thought about the reason why she didn't fight for more she stated,
"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."
Women have the risk of coming across as bratty and spoiled if they demand more money and men rarely have these labels put on them.
When Lawrence tried to bring this up in a meeting, even though she was stating her opinion in a nonaggressive way, people thought she was being defensive and accusatory. Men and women are treated differently when it comes to stating their opinions and women have it much harder because people think women that want things come across as whiny. But Jennifer Lawrence is done with all of this saying "F**k that" to having to find "the adorable way to state my opinion and be likable." She mentions how men are praised for their negotiations, for getting what they want and making deals and how if a woman did that, they would be viewed completely differently.
Jennifer Lawrence's essay can be found on lennyletter.com and on her Facebook page. It is well worth the read and of course, in general JLaw fashion, there are plenty of hilarious comments included throughout.
Lawrence, Jennifer. “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Costars?” Facebook. 13 Oct 2015.