Jennifer Lawrence is known for her charming wit and her laid back attitude which is why she's held back for so long about speaking up about the Hollywood Wage Gap. During last year's Sony Hack, salary information from American Hustle was leaked and revealed that Lawrence was set to receive less than her male co-stars, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper. Now for the first time ever, she's finally addressing it. Lawrence opened up about her thoughts in a personal essay in Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter. Because she's done with staying quiet!Related From Vivala: How To Negotiate Your Salary Like a Boss
Lawrence admits that one of the reasons why she remained silent after the leaked salary information was because she blamed herself.
"I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early." Like many women, Lawrence worried about coming across aggressive or like a "spoiled brat" if she tried negotiating harder. But she brings up a very important point: Men don't worry about how they come off when they try negotiating for a job — they just do it.
"A few weeks ago at work, I spoke my mind and gave my opinion in a clear and no-bullshit way; no aggression, just blunt. 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 gave mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive."
In 2014, women working full-time in the United States were paid just 79 percent of what men were getting paid, resulting in a 21 percent pay gap. How is it that even with women progressing in education and in the workforce, men are still making drastically more earnings than us? Lawrence believes that that it's because women are still afraid of "offending" or "scaring" men.
"Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? We've only been able to vote for what, 90 years? Could there still be lingering habits of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn't 'offend' or 'scare' men?"
Lawrence is one of many female celebrities who have recently spoken out on Gender inequality. Last month, actress Emma Watson addressed women's rights and helped create the hashtag, #HeforShe, a gender equality movement.
"I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! 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."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves!