Celebrity | Star reignites debate about gender pay gap

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The debate surrounding women receiving less pay than their male counterparts for the same position reignited this week, as a leading star raises some serious questions and issues about pay inequality. 

Actress Jennifer Lawrence may be the world’s highest paid actress, but that is not stopping her from raising the issue of the gender pay gap across the globe.

In an essay published on Lenny, the newsletter from Lena Dunham and Girls producer Jenni Konner, The Hunger Games star discusses the differences in her pay from that of her American Hustle male co-stars. All details of pay were leaked during the recent Sony hack.

“I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early,” Lawrence says of the 2013 movie. “I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.”

Having banked $52 million last year, the 25-year old actress recognises that her million-dollar pay gap is a very different issues to other working women across the globe. “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.”

She adds that women are often seen as difficult or spoiled when asking for more money to do the same job as their male counterparts. The actress also says her desire to be liked prevented her from arguing her profit cut “until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realised every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’”

Lawrence’s comments echo those of Gwyneth Paltrow about the pay disparity in Hollywood, arguing that women are often criticised for speaking out about pay issues.

“You were considered ungrateful, you were considered entitled, so I think it’s amazing that women now are saying ‘we’re going to talk about this. This isn’t fair,’” she says.