Jennifer Lawrence Talks On Politics And Pay Inequality
America's sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence is on the cover of Vogue's September issue and in typical Lawrence fashion, she is as candid as ever. Lawrence talked about everything from her current relationship with director Darren Aronofsky to the Sony email scandal. The Sony email scandal happened in 2014 when several Sony executives’ emails were hacked, and some emails were released to the public. In those emails, it was revealed that Lawrence’s compensation for the film American Hustle had been less than her male co-stars. This led Lawrence to write an open letter to the public on the site Lenny Letter that is run by Lena Dunham. In the letter, she talked about pay inequality between men and women.
“My thing with talking about pay equality is not—I use myself as an example, but that’s not what I’m talking about, obviously,” says Lawrence to Vogue. “I’m not talking about actresses getting paid millions less than their male co-stars. My opinion is you can have millions of dollars and a dream career, but if you’re not willing to stand up for what you believe, or if you see wrongdoing and don’t talk about it, then you have nothing. If you have a voice, use it. I don’t want to go into the grave just being like, ‘Well, I introduced the world to the Hunger Games movies and I bought a house on Coldwater! Goodnight!’ For me, it’s worth the criticism. The more criticism I get, the more the conversation is happening.”
Lawrence’s open letter went viral and definitely got the conversation going again on pay inequality. Women have been getting paid less than men in all working industries not just acting. Women fought for the right to have equal pay with men since the first women's movement in the 1920s. The inequality was not the only serious topic Lawrence spoke about she also talked about politics.
“If you’re a Republican, if you’re liberal, it doesn’t matter,” she says. The goal is “getting money and corruption out of politics” and “freeing our democracy.”
You can pick up the September issue of Vogue now and learn more about America's favorite actress.