Jennifer Lawrence is over being “relatable” when it comes to the gender gap, and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, among others, praised the actress for her bold move to speak out against gender pay inequality.
When the 25-year-old actress wrote her recent op-ed for Lena Dunham’s newsletter speaking out against gender pay inequality, she wasn’t looking for compliments, but it seems her letter struck a chord with Clinton and other celebrities, including Bradley Cooper.
Lawrence certainly doesn’t need the money, but, like others, she wanted to champion fair compensation for doing the same work, as reported by WebProNews.
In Lawrence’s piece, she figuratively kicked herself for not demanding better pay for the role in American Hustle. When she realized what her male counterparts were making, she had a moment of clarity and insight.
“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.’ “
— E! Online (@eonline) October 18, 2015
Months later, Lawrence decided to stop thinking about it and take action. Lawrence said she had a discussion with someone at work and was fired up about the inequality and determined that she was reacting much like a man would react. And yet, some part of her felt she should keep her mouth shut, especially after the reaction she received from a co-worker.
“I was so shocked because nothing that I said was personal, offensive, or, to be honest, wrong. All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive.”
— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) October 18, 2015
Jennifer noted that her American Hustle co-stars — Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper — all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals and concluded that she and other actresses should do the same.
“I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable! 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.”
Upon further reflection, she concluded that simply negotiating for herself wasn’t enough. Instead, she said she needed to speak out for others as well and do it fearlessly.
Lawrence admitted that she isn’t exactly feminism’s perfect messenger.
“But with a lot of talk comes change. So I want to be honest and open and, fingers crossed, not piss anyone off.”
Hillary Clinton agrees and took to social media on Friday to support and affirm Jennifer’s stance.
Brava, Jennifer. It’s hard to speak up against inequity and risk being unpopular—but equal pay matters for us all. http://t.co/g29cRkq5ln
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 16, 2015
According to Elle, Bradley Cooper also responded positively to a question posed to him by Entertainment Tonight.
“There’s a double standard in the whole world, yeah, for sure. This is just one aspect. Anytime there’s a place where a voice can come out and be outspoken, that’s great.”
He also expressed his love for “strong women” and said he thinks that women like Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and Sienna Miller talking about the pay gap “is making a difference.”
What do you think? Will Jennifer Lawrence’s words make a difference?
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