The 2 Important Lessons You Need Now from J. Law’s Essay on the Gender Wage Gap
Since the Sony hack last year, the gender wage gap has been a hot-button issue across the nation. The public is finally being made fully aware of the drastic differences between male and female wage earnings with shocking findings in studies like the recent “The Status of Women” report, but it seems as though Hollywood’s actresses have become the face of this fight. And while she’s remained relatively mum on the issue, Jennifer Lawerence is one actress who’s been affected by this first-hand. Outrage sparked when the Sony hack revealed she earned significantly less than her male American Hustle co-stars. That frustration later turned into rejoice when word spread that she negotiated an upcoming contract, demanding $10 million more than her male co-star Chris Pratt.
Today J. Law finally took a stance on the topic in an essay for Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny Letter. In the candid essay, Lawrence is honest, funny and totally on point. Here are two of the most important lessons we took away from her writings.
1. Being difficult is totally okay. When discussing why she hasn’t always been super strong willed about demanding a higher salary, J. Law explains that she didn’t want to come off as greedy. She writes, “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.'” She goes onto to say, “I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable! F*** 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.”