Jennifer Lawrence has joined the scores of celebrities speaking out after Donald Trump’s surprising presidential victory.
Lawrence penned a short editorial for Broadly about the election, expressing sadness over Trump’s win and calling on citizens to turn their anger and confusion into positive change.
“Is this the stark reality?” she begins. “It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how qualified you are, at the end of the day, you’re not a man? Is that what we just learned? This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men.”
Still, despite her own dejection, Lawrence goes on to argue that Trump’s victory should encourage his detractors to fight even harder for the things they believe in, from environmentalism to racial equality.
“Do not let this defeat you — let this enrage you!” Lawrence writes. “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!”
Lawrence also addressed young women who may feel dejected and unheard after Hillary Clinton’s loss, echoing the essay she wrote last year about closing the gender pay gap.
“We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was,” Lawrence added. “But 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.”
Read Lawrence’s full editorial at Broadly.