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A-List Celebs Support Jennifer Lawrence's Gender Wage Gap Essay

The actress isn't alone in this fight for equality.

A-List Celebs Support Jennifer Lawrence's Gender Wage Gap Essay
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On October 13th, Jennifer Lawrence boldly took a stance against Hollywood's gender pay inequality by penning an essay for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter. The Oscar-winning actress spoke out against the rampant sexism in her industry and explained how her desire to be “likable” often held her back from asking for the salary she deserved. Last year's infamous Sony hack revealed the significant difference between what Lawrence earned compared to her male co-stars from American Hustle.

Over the past few days, many A-list celebrities have publicly declared their support for the popular actress and the cause. Bradley Cooper, who is Lawrence's frequent co-star and good friend, was one of the first celebrities to praise her attempts to change Hollywood's double-standard. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the three-time Oscar nominee stated: "There's a double standard in the whole world, yeah, for sure. This is just one aspect."  Cooper continued, "Anytime there's a place where a voice can come out and be outspoken -- something Sienna did, or Jennifer -- that's great. ... I think it is making a difference."

Cooper is currently promoting his movie Burnt with Sienna Miller and was referring to her decision to walk away from a play after realizing that she was earning less than half of her male co-star's salary. "[I did] what we have to start doing, unfortunately, at the expense of our creative dreams,” Miller stated in an interview with E! News.

Emma Watson, who has also been very vocal about issues regarding gender inequality, publicly proclaimed her love for Lawrence through social media. The actress tweeted an assuring message in an effort to shed more light on the subject matter. Watson currently serves as a goodwill ambassador for UN Women. The support doesn't end there, though. Actresses Elizabeth Banks and Jessica Chastain also commended Lawrence's efforts on Twitter.

At Wednesday's premiere of Crimson Peak, Chastain was even clearer in her support of Lawrence. “I’m proud of her,” she stated. “Sometimes when you’re doing well, you’re afraid to say something’s wrong because then there’s going to be a bunch of people out there going ‘OK, well, you’re a big old movie star.’ But it doesn’t matter.” Chastain did her best to highlight the importance of the issue and to explain how prevalent sexism is in Hollywood. “There’s no reason why she should be doing a film with other actors and get paid less than her male co-stars. It’s completely unfair. It’s not right. It’s been happening for years and years and years. I think it’s brave to talk about it. I think everyone should talk about it,” Chastain added.

Mia Wasikowska, who also stars in Crimson Peak, said: “It’s about time that gap was closed and it’s still quite surprising that it’s still an issue.”

Although progress might be slow, these actors and actresses are no longer willing to simply ignore the issue. Lawrence's public declaration for change could possibly be one of the first markers of a whole new era for women in Hollywood.

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