It’s been a quiet year for Jennifer Lawrence, but this week she’s speaking up. On Thursday (November 10), the Oscar winner published a personal essay on Vice’s Broadly following Donald Trump’s shocking win and Hillary Clinton’s loss on Election Day.
“Is this the stark reality? It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how qualified you are, at the end of the day, if you’re not a man?” Lawrence, who called out the wage gap in Hollywood last year, wrote. “This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men.”
“We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets. We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past,” she continued, joining the conversation that countless celebrities have shared about where to go from here.
“We mustn’t be defeated. 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.”
The Passengers star and Hunger Games heroine makes it clear that the possibility of defeat is not a reason to stay silent. You can still be “an inspiration” and “get important things done" even when it seems harder than ever. πDo not let this defeat you — let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before.”
Looks like the girl on fire isn’t done igniting sparks just yet. Read Lawrence’s full essay here.