By Shana McLaughlin
You might say she is adorable; she doesn’t want to be seen as that anymore. Jennifer Lawrence is hilarious, outspoken, posed, and adorable, and one thing she refuses to be is silent. Yet, the way she spoke up and out against her unequal wage in comparison to her American Hustle costars made her even more likeable and relatable than ever before.
There is no doubt that she has been on Hollywood’s radar for years now, since having her big break to international fame in the Hunger Games series of films, and moving on to score a Golden Globe in her performance in Silver Lining’s Playbook. Since then, we haven’t been able to take our eyes off of her. And now, the buzz is even louder since Lawrence published a rather critical essay in fellow female actress and star Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter. The essay centered on gender wage gap equality, focusing on her specific experience as one of the lead female roles in the film American Hustle.
After learning that her male costars made significantly more than she did, Lawrence broke her silence and cited a feeling that many women experience as a wall to achieving what we really want or deserve: being liked. She wrote that she didn’t put up as hard of a fight to receive equal pay because “there was an element of wanting to be liked” that inclined her to take the deal she was given. She went on to address the problem women in the work force are facing today, and that is being unaware. We have been “conditioned” to behave as she did, to accept the lesser without a fight or even a word. The strongest point in her essay comes when she questions why; why do we still “express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men? She is saying that a change needs to be made, and coming from such a loved and ‘adorable’ image that she holds, it can reach an entire generation of girls, and she knows it.
So what does this mean to for us, the women who aren’t fighting for a couple more million dollars in our paycheck or who just like to read about Jennifer Lawrence in our latest issue of People? It means that we finally have some levelheaded role models to look up to. Lawrence embodies much more than the average celebrity, all evidenced in her maturity and grace. In her recent praised and viral Saturday Night Live monologue, Amy Schumer, one of Lawrence’s good friends, joked about our generation only having the Kardashians to idolize. Despite her kidding nature, Schumer is right. Our pop culture world has run flat, lacking in both genuine talent and genuine people. Jennifer Lawrence seems to be breaking the mold and giving us a little hope that we aren’t just giving fame and fortune to just anyone, but people who can have a authentic and valuable influence on our culture and generation. She lands herself among the influential, and is speaking out against gender issues that need to be address. Jennifer Lawrence definitely is much more than adorable.