Female Celebrities, Negotiation, and the Gender Wage Gap

business_ethics_highlights_2Apparently even the rich and famous aren’t immune to gender inequity. The extent and sources of the pay gap between men and women is hotly debated. But the story below makes for an interesting case study. The pay gap (on a per-movie basis) between actors and actresses can’t easily be chalked up to things like child bearing. In the present case, the finger gets pointed at differences in negotiation style, and the way that women — at all income levels — are socialized to behave. >>>

LINK: Jennifer Lawrence Vows to Stop Being So Nice (by Jessica Stillman for Inc.com)

…”I failed as a negotiator,” she goes on to say. “I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled’. At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, 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’.”

But Lawrence is done with this no-win situation, she announces. From this point forward she vows to stop worrying about whether anyone is going to call her a brat…..

What do you think?

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