Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most famous women in Hollywood, yet she recently found herself on the female side of gender inequality.
In a recent essay written for Letters to Lenny, she writes about finding out (via the Sony leak) that she made considerably less money than her male counterparts and says it’s not Sony’s fault, but her own. “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).”
When it comes to demanding what she deserves, Jennifer let it go.
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.” This could be a young-person thing. It could be a personality thing. I’m sure it’s both. But this is an element of my personality that I’ve been working against for years, and based on the statistics, I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue. Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? We’ve only been able to vote for what, 90 years? I’m seriously asking — my phone is on the counter and I’m on the couch, so a calculator is obviously out of the question. Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t “offend” or “scare” men?
The internet has reacted swiftly and strongly to her admission of responsibility. But no one has done it more entertainingly, and honestly, than Alexandra Petri of the Washington Post. In a post titled Famous quotes, the way a woman would have to say them during a meeting, she breaks down some of the most famous quotes in history and how different they would be had they been said by a woman.
“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
Woman in a Meeting: “I’m not an expert, Dave, but I feel like maybe you could accomplish more by maybe shifting your focus from asking things from the government and instead looking at things that we can all do ourselves? Just a thought. Just a thought. Take it for what it’s worth.”
“I came. I saw. I conquered.”
Woman in a Meeting: “I don’t want to toot my own horn here at all but I definitely have been to those places and was just honored to be a part of it as our team did such a wonderful job of conquering them.”
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