J. Law published her thoughts on this matter in Lena Dunham's new newsletter Lenny, as the issue connects to Jennifer's own personal experience in the entertainment industry. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the gender wage gap is still alive and well, with women making roughly 78 cents to every man's dollar. That statistic extends to Hollywood.
Though J. Law is the world's highest paid actress, she was paid considerably less than the male leads on her 2013 film American Hustle, something that was only revealed when e-mails at Sony were hacked and leaked to the public. J. Law talks about finding out about her co-stars much higher salaries in her new essay, and she is not happy with that status quo:
It's a tough road for women: while we want our equal share, society constantly tells us that being too "pushy" will ultimately cost us our likability. J. Law may be a beloved celebrity, but as she points out here, fighting for a higher salary isn't something she was used to. Now it seems that the Hunger Games star has learned her lesson: she recently demanded a $20 million dollar salary to star in Passengers alongside Chris Pratt. Given her star power, talent, and proven ability to bring in big box office numbers, I say she's earned it. Jennifer isn't the only celebrity to demand her worth. Following Jennifer's op-ed piece, Sienna Miller admitted to E! that she walked away from a play in which she was offered only half of what her male co-star was making, despite being interested in it creatively. Actresses, like Sienna and J. Law, need to continue to demand that they are paid what the actors they share the screen with: if they demand equality, Hollywood will have no choice but to follow suit. It's about damn time.
When the Sony hack happened, I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. 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.