Jennifer Lawrence Lays Down the Law

By Ashley Begley

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Jennifer Lawrence—JLaw, as she is lovingly called—is everyone’s favorite bow-and-arrow wielding heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film series. And she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2012 for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. She’s also one half of the adorkable “Uptown Girl” duo, since she and comedian Amy Schumer danced barefoot together on top of Billy Joel’s grand piano at a concert last summer.

Oh, all right, just for kicks and giggles: “Uptown Girl”

Jennifer Lawrence has got it going on, which is why she is speaking out about closing the gender pay gap. This pay gap exists not only in Hollywood but within most job markets. According to a study conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, women make, on average, 79 cents for every dollar men make doing the same job.

JLaw wrote a refreshingly honest exposé, titled “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?” for an issue of feminist e-newsletter Lenny. With her sarcastic sense of humor, she brashly writes about why she didn’t initially demand equal pay from movie studio executives:

“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.’ 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? Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men? I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable!”

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“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.”

According to multi-culti nonprofit media arts organization Women Make Movies (wmm.com ), “In 2012, women comprised 18 percent of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.” Why do we need more female leaders in the entertainment industry? Easy. “Films directed by women feature more women in all roles.”

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Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director for her film The Hurt Locker in 2010

Do you have a favorite film made by or about women? Let us know in the comments!

All photos courtesy of Wikimedia.org

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