Jennifer Lawrence has made a name for herself as undoubtedly, one of the coolest people on Hollywood, just for being her. From her match-made-in-BFF-heaven friendship with Amy Schumer to that time she drunkenly faked walrus tusks with chopsticks, you could say she’s a girl after our own hearts.
Adding to her sheer brilliance, the 26-year-old actress has penned an on-point, no bullsh*t essay on the gender pay gap for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter, in which she references last year’s now-infamous Sony e-mail hack. And while she makes a very compelling case against the bias women face in, not just the film industry, but every work sector, her essay isn’t the massive f-you to the movie business’s bigwigs we thought it would be.
Entitled ‘Why Do I Make Less Than My Co-Stars?’, J-Law kicks off her writings with the admission that she understands that her circumstances are a lot more favourable than other women who might be reading this (by that, she means she knows she’s dealing in MILLIONS of pounds, rather than tens of pounds like the rest of us) but the fact that women are being paid less than their male counterparts across the board is wrong. No question.
However, instead of pointing the finger at top movie execs for not paying her what she’s due, she reveals that she’s come to realise that SHE is to blame for her unequal pay cheques.
Now, before you get up on your high horse, let’s get one thing straight—she is not portraying herself as a helpless victim. She’s angry at the fact that she didn’t stand up for herself more.
She writes: ‘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.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’.’
Making some seriously amazing points in her essay (if you haven’t already signed up to the Lenny newsletter, you simply MUST), Jennifer signs off the homage in the most badass way possible...
‘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. Again, this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn’t completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a “spoiled brat.” For some reason, I just can’t picture someone saying that about a man.’
And it looks like we're not the only one's super-impressed with J-Law's observations. Tonnes of stars have rallied together to show their support for the actress's essay, and one of the first celebs to speak up was her self-confessed 'work husband', Bradley Cooper.
Bradley, who was one of the male co-stars who infamously received a bigger wage then Jen for their work on American Hustle, totally has her back on the matter, without having read the essay in full. Yep, this guy simply knew Jen was on to a good thing. He said, '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, Amy Adams, and Sienna Miller talking about the pay gap is 'making a difference'. Slowly but surely, Brad.
Also applauding Jennifer's efforts was equal rights activist and fellow actress, Emma Watson, who summed up the feelings of the entire female population in one concise tweet:
Emma, we couldn't agree with you more. Please continue to fight the good fight, Jen. For all of us.