Jennifer Lawrence defends female TV host who quit over gender pay gap dispute

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Jennifer Lawrence has taken to Facebook to support Catt Sadler’s decision to leave E! after discovering a shocking disparity between her and her male co-host’s salaries.

Lawrence posted “Thank you Catt for sharing your story,” with Sadler’s blog post pasted underneath.

Sadler revealed that she had been – for ‘several years’ at least – getting paid almost half what her male co-host Jason Kennedy earned.

She had been informed of the discrepancy by an executive at the network, but when she demanded to be paid comparably she was refused. She says “My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly. Know your worth. I have two decades experience in broadcasting and started at the network the very same year as my close friend and colleague that I adore”.

Jennifer Lawrence is famously outspoken about issues concerning gender pay gap. In 2015 she wrote a piece for Lenny called “Why do I make less than my male co-stars?” in which she states: “Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share”. 

Of her recent role in Mother!, she told the BBC she hadn’t seen what co-star Javier Bardem was getting paid, but she knew what she deserved (“I fought for that”).

Other actresses joined Lawrence in supporting Sadler on social media: Jessica Chastain was quick to respond on Twitter, writing “WOW this is so disappointing. When are companies like @e_entertainment going to understand that women should be paid fairly. 1/2 of her male counterpart is not appropriate.” 

Olivia Munn added her own thoughts, also on Twitter - “Damn, Catt. It’s so disappointing to find out that @enews- a network that depends on female viewers - felt your value was worth only half of your male counterpart. It’s not easy to do what you did and I’m so proud of you for it. How will anyone know you’re worth it, if you don’t?”

Sadler rounded off her post by saying “I will find more work. I will create content with meaning. I will continue to pursue my passions while making my children proud. The way I see it, I have an obligation to be an agent for change” and “This chapter is over and a new one begins”. 

Follow Catt Sadler on Twitter and Instagram for updates.

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