Sarah Jessica Parker believes in equal pay for women, but don’t call her a feminist.
“I am not a feminist,” the Sex and the City star told Marie Claire. “I don’t think I qualify. I believe in women and I believe in equality, but I think there is so much that needs to be done that I don’t even want to separate it anymore. I’m so tired of separation. I just want people to be treated equally.”
Parker, who can be seen next in HBO’s Divorce, which she also executive-produces, said she supports other actresses who have called publicly for equal pay for women, mentioning self-described feminists Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson by name.
“I would like women to get paid for the value of their contributions, not by old-fashioned ideas about gender,” Parker said. “Listen, Jennifer Lawrence deserves every bit as much as her male counterpart. It’s indisputable. Emma Watson is an amazing young woman, and it’s important for her to talk about women’s issues. She isn’t concerned about herself. Women are paying the bills, getting it done, getting the kids here and there. The more we address that, we are all going to be better.”
It’s not the first time Parker has spoken out on feminist issues while avoiding the label itself; in 2015, the actress told Cosmopolitan she preferred to call herself “a humanist“: “I’m not spitting in the face or being lazy about what still needs to be done — but I don’t think it’s just women anymore,” she said, pointing to issues affecting people of color and the LGBT community. “We would be so enormously powerful if it were a humanist movement.”
Parker may be in the minority, but she isn’t the only celebrity who eschews the feminist label; Shailene Woodley, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood have also shared their discomfort with the term. And Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams said she’d like to see the term “feminist” go the way of House Tully — but for a different reason. “We should stop calling feminists ‘feminists’ and just start calling people who aren’t feminist ‘sexist’ – and then everyone else is just a human,” she told EW in April. “You are either a normal person or a sexist.”
See Parker’s full Q&A at Marie Claire.