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Last year's Sony hack revealed that Jennifer Lawrence -- star of The Hunger Games and X Men: Days of Future Past -- is not immune to experiencing gender inequality. The hack revealed that Lawrence earned a significant amount less than her male counterparts on hit film American Hustle.

In response, she recently exposed the extent of Hollywood sexism in a letter devoted to the wage gap between men and women in the industry. In the letter, which was for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter, she named Bradley Cooper as one male costar who earned more than her.

"I’m over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! F--- that." [...] "Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves."

It was revealed that Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner also earned more than Lawrence, who stated that where her male co-stars fought for a pay increase, she avoiding doing so, concerned about coming across negatively and wanting to be liked.

Cooper has recently come out in support of Lawrence, stating outright that sexism in Hollywood is still an issue. In fact, as Cooper suggests, the problem is deeply ingrained within Hollywood.

“There’s a double standard in the whole world, yeah, for sure. This is just one aspect so anytime there’s a place where a voice can come out and be outspoken, that’s great.”

Among those coming to Lawrence's aide is actress, model, and social activist Emma Watson.

Emma, avid feminist and spokeswoman for HeForShe, has revealed her support for her fellow actress, vying for sexism in Hollywood to become a readily discussed topic.

It seems that with the assistance of other big Hollywood names -- such as Emma Watson -- Jennifer Lawrence has succeeded in bringing Hollywood gender inequality to the forefront of discussion.

Most of us acknowledge the existence of wage gap in society, but the mind boggles at the notion of film stars suffering from such a relatable social issue.

In her critical discussion of Hollywood, Lawrence adds her name to those of Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Geena Davis, Cate Blanchett, Patricia Arquette, and Dunham in discussing a social issue that is truly worth fighting for.

Other Stars Have Also Voiced Their Support

An array of Hollywood stars have raised their voices to support Lawrence, showing that she's certainly not alone in the debate, as celebrities such as Mark Ruffalo and Adam Baldwin announce their allegiance to the cause.

It's good to see so many voices coming out in support of Jennifer Lawrence. Hopefully their pleas are heard and we can make headway in stamping out social inequality for good.

Read Jennifer Lawrence's full letter here.


Do you think the Hollywood wage gap is worth discussing?

(Source:, ABC.)


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