What Jennifer Lawrence’s and Bradley Cooper’s Salaries Mean for Every Entrepreneur


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I am pleased to share with you a blog I wrote for Entrepreneur on the gender pay gap.

Recently, Jennifer Lawrence wrote an article on the gender pay disparity she saw in her pay negotiations for the movie American Hustle. In her piece, she blamed herself for not negotiating harder. Now, I don’t know if gender accounted for that particular case of pay disparity, but I do know that this Oscar Award-winning actress was spot-on in understanding that assertiveness in a woman is not always viewed the same as it is in a man.

What is considered as laudably assertive in a man is too often viewed as unacceptably pushy, self-centered or aggressive in a woman (a scenario explained in more detail by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s in her groundbreaking book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will To Lead).

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