Gender pay gap

Jennifer Lawrence angry at herself for being a “bad negotiator”

Jennifer Lawrence at the 86th Academy Awards, where she was a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in "American Hustle." (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Actress Jennifer Lawrence has penned an essay for the Lenny newsletter, created by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. In the piece, “Why do I make less than my male co-stars?” the Mockingjay actor ruminates on the fallout from a 2014 email hack at Sony Pictures, that revealed how much less she was paid than her male American Hustle co-stars. “I didn’t get mad at Sony,” she writes. “I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early.”

“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’.”

Lawrence goes on to reflect on how differently she feels she is received when offering a firm opinion in the workplace, than when a man does. “All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive,” she writes.

Lawrence draws a parallel between the way she is made to feel in Hollywood and material from another leaked Sony email, that referred to Angelina Jolie as a “spoiled brat” in a negotiation. “For some reason, I just can’t picture someone saying that about a man,” Lawrence observes.

Read the full essay at Lenny.

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