By Matt O'Bryant
What's up guys and gals,
The Sony hack seems to be the gift that just keeps on giving, more than a year later people are still reeling from all the controversy that spilled out into the masses.
Now it's seems there is one mega star speaking out and it's not about the leaked nude photos or some racy topic brought up in an email. No the real issue here is a huge one called gender inequality in the work place when it comes to individuals and their earning power, a problem that has been going on since the beginning of time. Not just in Hollywood, but in every single work place and industry across the globe.
Here is what Jennifer Lawrence had to say:
“It’s hard for me to speak about my experience as a working woman, because I can safely say my problems aren’t exactly relatable. When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people [who were male], I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. 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.”
This isn't just a problem that women should worry about, its for everyone to worry about, because everyone has a mom, a sister, a girlfriend, a wife who has, most likely at some point in their life been paid unfairly and/or treated unfairly at their place of work. Not because they weren't as good at their job as the other people around them, but because they were a simply just a woman and that is just ridiculous.
Jennifer Lawrence goes on to talk even more about the topic:
"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," she admits. "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.'"
She then goes on to give a recent example about how freaked out some people are when it comes to this problem:
"A few weeks ago at work, I spoke my mind and gave my opinion in a clear ... way; no aggression, just blunt," Lawrence writes. "The man I was working with (actually, he was working for me) said, 'Whoa! We're all on the same team here!' As if I was yelling at him. I was so shocked because nothing that I said was personal, offensive, or, to be honest, wrong.
"All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive."
It's great to see people like Jennifer Lawrence who are in the spotlight of mainstream audiences take a stand against something like this and express how she really feels about the situation. Hopefully with someone like her reacting to this in such a public way, it will turn some heads and get people listening and talking. Just maybe, one day we can all fix such a ridiculous situation like gender inequality in the work place. Hollywood or not.
You can next see Jennifer Lawrence in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 when it hits theaters on November 20th.
SOURCE: LOS ANGELES TIMES
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