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On International Women’s Day, Jessica Chastain put her money where her mouth is.
The activist actress, who has followed through on her feminist beliefs on multiple occasions — be it helping the Time’s Up movement get off the ground or standing up to ensure equal pay for co-star Octavia Spencer — practiced what she preaches yet again on Thursday evening after one of her 1.6 million Instagram followers challenged her pro-choice belief.
Chastain posted an image of herself sporting a fresh chop (by hair guru Renato Campora) and Dior’s “We should all be feminists” tee from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut collection for the French fashion house (proceeds from the $710 tee were donated to Rihanna’s The Clara Lionel Foundation). The 40-year-old captioned the image, “FEMINISM: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.”
Follower Karin Schulz, whose Instagram bio reads, “I LOVE LIFE,” replied in the comments, “Yes feminist that believe in God and stand up for The Unborn. I would be for that kind of feminist.”
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Rather than pull a Louise Linton and unleash an unhinged rant attacking Schulz, the actress instead engaged in a thoughtful, respectful dialogue.
“Yes you can decide what is right for you,” she replied. “I am pro-choice and I believe that everyone has the right to make their own decision.”
In a follow-up comment, Chastain referred to Schulz’s struggle with infertility, which Schulz details in the GoFundMe page she has linked in her Instagram bio. “My eyes filled with tears as I read this, dear Karin,” wrote Chastain. “I have such belief in your dream. Don’t give up my sister. It’s in your destiny.”
Shortly thereafter, a $2,000 donation in Chastain’s name was added to Schulz’s page. Schulz replied in the Instagram comments with graciousness, thanking the actress “for your words, for your encouragement and loving wishes,” and writing that “we do agree on more than we disagree” and “it is ok if we don’t see eye to eye on everything.” (Something the folks in Washington, D.C. might want to pay attention to.)
Unsurprisingly, the comment section lit up in praise of both Schulz and Chastain, and now we may or may not be crying.
That, folks, is how we do International Women’s Day.
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