This November’s #WomanHeroMonthly shed some light to the wage gap
that is still affecting women no matter the occupation. Jennifer Lawrence (aka J. Law) is no stranger to showbiz (or the money that comes with it) from her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Game series to Lauren Pearson on The Bill Engvall Show. J. Law wrote a piece for fellow actress Lena Dunham’s newsletter entitled “Why Do I Make Less than My Male Co-stars?” After Sony emails were hacked and published it was revealed that Lawrence made a lot less than her male costars and shared her reflection of that, “When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early…”
Often times when a woman advocates for her value she is deemed “bitchy” or “spoiled”, but when a man does the same, which they often don’t have to, they are justified. Salary negation is a very useful tool to have in your arsenal while the wage gap continues, before you ask for that raise you need to look at yourself objectively. However, No matter how we say what we want, if it differs from what’s being offered and if we don’t talk in a voice that is gentle enough to massage the male ego then we are “attacking” them. Jennifer wrote, “I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable! Fuck that. 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.” Making 79 cents to a man’s dollar just because we are female should no longer be a thing acceptable in 201, many women (If you are a real adult unlike me) have families to support and should be equally recognized for the hard work that we put forth. So the next time you are offered a job, I hope you are able to negotiate your salary, and “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
If you would like to learn more about salary negotiation, you should join us at the Women’s Center for our next Start Smart Workshop on February 19th. Check out our Calendar for more details.
Women’s Center Staff