Jennifer Lawrence Pens an Open Letter About Sexism in Hollywood

Sacha Strebe

Jennifer Lawrence might be the highest paid actress of 2015, but she says it's not nearly as much as her male co-stars. In an open essay on Lenny Letter today, the 23-year-old wrote about her "experience as a working woman" in Hollywood and how "wanting to be liked" influenced her decision to close the deal on American Hustle "without a real fight" because she didn’t want to seem “difficult” or “spoiled.” This all seemed like "a fine idea" until the Sony hack happened and she saw the payroll on the Internet and "realised every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being “difficult” or “spoiled.'"

Several brands and female leaders in recent years have been encouraging women to lean inboost their confidence, and stop saying sorry, which Jennifer says is "an element of my personality that I’ve been working against for years." But not anymore. The actress is well and truly "over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable!"

The actor concluded her essay titled “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?” with her thoughts on the differences between male and female negotiations in Hollywood: “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.”

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Do you think women are less compelled to speak their mind for fear of being "likeable"? Should women speak their mind like a man? What is your advice for women in this situation? Let us know in the comments.

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