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“Today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men,” said Jennifer Lawrence on Wednesday. Joining the scores of celebrities who are speaking out, the actress wrote an editorial aimed at the dejected half of a divided nation in the wake of Donald Trump winning the presidential election.
“Is this the stark reality?” she begins in the piece for Vice‘s website for women, Broadly, titled “Don’t Be Afraid, Be Loud: Jennifer Lawrence on What We Do Now.” She continues, “It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how qualified you are, at the end of the day, you’re not a man?”
The actress, who has championed equal rights and spoken out about closing the gender pay gap in Hollywood, helped to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton on Election Day. Director Darren Aronofsky, a Clinton supporter, hit Duke University to offer voting students a chance to FaceTime with Lawrence, as the pair are newly dating.
Now dealing with Clinton’s loss, Lawrence admits that she is struggling to remain positive in the face of a Trump presidency.
“If you’re a woman and you’re worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don’t really know what to say,” she wrote. “I don’t know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope. To work for the future.”
In 2015, the Kentucky-born actress explained that she was raised as a Republican but couldn’t imagine “supporting a party that doesn’t support women’s basic rights.” She said a Trump presidency would be the “end of the world.”
Now that Trump is the president-elect, Lawrence said, “We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was. But we mustn’t be defeated.”
She continued, “We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair. It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail. And like Hillary, it might not work. But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done.”
She then dug up some inspiring words for the groups of people who feel left behind with Trump in the White House.
“Do not let this defeat you — let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman — don’t be afraid, be loud!”
Read the full op-ed here.
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