Jennifer Lawrence Pens Impassioned Essay Asking Why Male Co-Stars Get Paid More Than She Does

If you have trouble negotiating, you're certainly not alone. And you're in good company.

"I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early."

Jennifer Lawrence just took to Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter to pen a refreshingly candid essay about the Hollywood gender wage gap.

Lawrence wrote, "I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early" on American Hustle — a film for which her male co-stars were paid significantly higher salaries. The 25-year-old admits that it's difficult for her to successfully negotiate because she often struggles to find the right balance of assertiveness and gratitude.

She writes that this is a balance men often don't have to worry about:

The essay comes a week after California's governor passed a bill holding state businesses responsible for proving that male employees aren't paid more solely based on gender. Reform like this is definitely necessary, considering research that shows women typically earn 23% less than men for the same job.

But Lawrence's honest words show that it's going to take more than a law to eliminate wage gaps. Society needs to address its skewed gender stereotypes before women and men can truly play on an even field.

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