Last week, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it would begin taking measures to combat discrimination against female film and TV directors. Today, “Joy” actress and one of today’s highest-paid movie stars, Jennifer Lawrence, penned an essay for Lena Dunham’s online newsletter discussing the issues of feminism and equal wages in Hollywood. The war on gender inequality in the industry is happening and fast.
Lawrence discovered the pay gap between her and her male co-stars in the aftermath of the Sony hack, and admits to being angry with herself for giving up early and enabling Hollywood’s sexist beliefs. While men who fight and negotiate successful deals for themselves are often seen as fierce and strong, women who do the same “[come] off as a brat.”
The actress isn’t alone in this fight as successful women, not just in Hollywood, but in all other industries, downplay many of their achievements to come off as less threatening. The result is that they end up less empowered and less likely to be able to ask for what they want.
“I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable! Fu*k 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.”
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