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Jennifer Lawrence is, without a doubt, one of the highest-paid actresses today, but when you compare her earnings with those of her male peers, she’s still a victim of unequal pay, like many other female celebrities.
She wrote an essay titled “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars” and published it in the latest edition of the Lenny newsletter. In it, she explores the subject of sexism and the ever-present wage gap in Hollywood’s movie industry. Here’s an insert from the essay, in which Jennifer expresses her opinion on the matter:
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.
The “Sony hack” she refers to is actually the scandal that erupted when people learned of the difference in the paychecks between a variety of actresses and their male counterparts. Lawrence was part of it when the 2013 crime drama American Hustle was released – director David O’Russell and actors Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, and Bradley Cooper each earned nine percent of the film’s profit, while leading actresses Lawrence and Amy Adams got away with only seven.
This has been an ongoing topic for quite some time, and whether or not Lawrence’s essay will change anything, remains to be seen.