Jennifer Lawrence, the movie star known for her performances tripping at the Oscars and jet skiing with Amy Schumer, just got real in a bolder way than usual. She penned an essay about what it was like to find out via last year's Sony hack that she was earning less money than her male co-stars. In today's edition of Lena Dunham's new email newsletter, Lenny Letter, Lawrence writes:
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. (I told you it wasn’t relatable, don’t hate me).
But 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.”