Jennifer Lawrence speaks out about the gender pay gap

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Jennifer Lawrence Breaks Her Silence on the Sony Hack


Jennifer Lawrence is known for being a badass, whether she's on the big screen fighting a dystopian civil war or railing against body shaming to Barbara Walters. Cripes, she's won an Oscar and been nominated for two more, PLUS she's the lead in a billion-dollar grossing movie trilogy (and a half) and she just turned 25! With a no-nonsense head on her shoulders, she's made waves a few times in Hollywood for speaking her mind, but she hasn't spoken out about the gender pay gap, until now.

Yesterday, Lawrence said it all in the Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner feminist newsletter Lenny (as well as on her Facebook page). Seems there's been a lot on her mind in the year since the Sony hack (and subsequent Hollywood star salary leak) back in November of 2014. She wrote about how even though her experiences weren't "relatable" (seriously, most of us don't have to negotiate a movie trilogy salary) she still felt that they were important to talk about.

She wrote:

"When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d****, I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Actors Bradley Cooper (L) and Jennifer Lawrence attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage) 23116_013_1181.jpg
Bradley Cooper, left, and Jennifer Lawrence arrive at a special screening of "Serena", hosted by The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty, at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Saturday, March, 21, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actors Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper attend a special screening of "Serena", hosted by The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty, at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Saturday, March, 21, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend a special screening of "Serena", hosted by The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty, at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Saturday, March, 21, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actors Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper attend a special screening of "Serena", hosted by The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty, at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Saturday, March, 21, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend the after party of a screening of 'Serena' hosted by Magnolia Pictures And The Cinema Society With Dior Beauty on March 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend a screening of 'Serena' hosted by Magnolia Pictures and The Cinema Society with Dior Beauty on March 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend a screening of 'Serena' hosted by Magnolia Pictures and The Cinema Society with Dior Beauty on March 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Actor Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend a screening of 'Serena' hosted by Magnolia Pictures and the Cinema Society with Dior Beauty on March 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Jennifer Lawrence and actor Bradley Cooper attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
(FROM LEFT): Actors Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who won in Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for 'American Hustle', pose in the press room during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actors Jennifer Lawrence (L) and Bradley Cooper with Moet & Chandon At The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Actors Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner speak on a panel at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on December 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Actors Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Gloria Cooper arrive at the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Actors Jennifer Lawrence (L) and Bradley Cooper attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage) 
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actors Jennifer Lawrence (L) and Bradley Cooper attend the 13th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 11, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Producer Jonathan Gordon, actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend a special screening of 'Silver Linings Playbook' presented by The Weinstein Company sponsored by Grey Goose and Lexus at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on November 19, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend a special screening of 'Silver Linings Playbook' presented by The Weinstein Company sponsored by Grey Goose and Lexus at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on November 19, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Actors Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper attend the 'Silver Linings Playbook' Premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: (L-R) Filmmaker David O. Russell, Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Actor/ Executive Producer Bradley Cooper attend the 'Silver Linings Playbook' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festiva at Roy Thomson Halll on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Terry Rice/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09: (L-R) Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2012 Installation Luncheon held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on August 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09: (L-R) Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2012 Installation Luncheon held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on August 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
Bradley Cooper, left, and Jennifer Lawrence are seen at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actress Jennifer Lawrence, actor Robert De Niro, actor Bradley Cooper and filmmaker David O. Russell attend the "Silver Linings Playbook" premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Jennifer Lawrence, left, and Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook." (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, JoJo Whilden)
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Rule #1: Don't Worry About Being Nice

Lawrence didn't feel that she paid herself the attention she was due. Why? On some level, she suspects it was because she wanted to be liked above all other things. She wanted to not make negative waves for herself.

"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.'"

Girl, you're just giving away your power with that kind of thinking.

Rule #2: It's Not Personal, It's Your Gender

Ultimately Lawrence thinks her demureness at salary negotiations possibly could be a result of being young, or perhaps about her gender and the conditioning women and men get from birth.

"Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn't 'offend' or 'scare' men?" she asked. Short answer: yes.

In fact, you can do your gender pay gap research without any hacking involved! Check out PayScale's Gender and Pay at Work data, which compares salaries of men and women at specific jobs and shows that women still earn less than men – although not necessarily as much less as you might fear. It turns out, at least some of the pay gap is due to women opting into lower-paying jobs that give back to the world. More conditioning, perhaps?

Learn more about the gender pay gap:

Explaining the Gender Wage Gap

Rule #3: Do Your Homework Before You Negotiate

When you're ready to step up to the negotiation table, whether you're JLaw or just an awesome woman in the non-Hollywood workforce, we hope you'll take a look at PayScale's Salary Negotiating Guide to get the paycheck you deserve. It's broken down into digestible chunks based on your goals: Research, Strategize, and Negotiate.

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