Jennifer Lawrence is fighting the good fight, people. She wrote down some thoughts in an essay titled “Why do I make less than my co-stars?” as part of Lena Dunham’s amazing new Lenny Letter newsletter.
J-Law starts the letter by admitting that, although her circumstances aren't relatable to the average woman (because we're talking millions of dollars that "frankly... I don't need" here), the principle of paying a woman less than a man is just downright unfair.
Sure, the sheer amount of money might not be relatable but here in Australia, we’re currently being paid 18% less than men. Time to get angry.
"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," she writes. "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. "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 realised every man I was working with definitely didn't worry about being 'difficult' or 'spoiled.'
She then delivers this epic piece of whoopass:
“I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable! Fuck that. 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.”
Amazing essay, J-Law. Read it in its entirety here and ask yourself: Do YOU think we deserve an equal amount as our male counterparts?
Well, sign our petition that’s going to be presented to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull here (please and thanks).