Jennifer Lawrence recently penned a letter about the gender wage gap for Lena Dunham’s “Lenny,” a recently established feminist newsletter. She discovered through last year’s Sony hack that she earns significantly less than her male counterparts, and blames herself for not being a stronger negotiator.
Lawrence expresses fear about being perceived as “difficult,” and recounts a story in which she stated her opinion at a meeting in a no-nonsense manner. The response she received was unexpected:
Alexandra Petri of the Washington Post attributes the reaction to Lawrence as the actress neglecting to speak in a way he would have understood — what Petri calls “Woman in a Meeting” language.
To demonstrate, she took famous quotes from men throughout history and translated them to the way a woman would articulate them in a meeting so as not to be seen as threatening.
Ronald Reagan’s challenging, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” instead becomes:
And it’s a good thing Moses was a man because otherwise his assertive “Let my people go” might become the less convincing:
You can read Petri’s full list of quotes at the Washington Post.
Of course, at Fortune we like women who speak their mind. Check out what Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said at our recent Most Powerful Women Summit about taking on Donald Trump: