Jennifer Lawrence is among the Hollywood stars speaking out after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to secure the presidency of the United States on Tuesday.
“This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men,” the Oscar-winning actress wrote on Vice’s Broadly website Thursday morning. “I want to be positive; I want to support our democracy, but what can we take away from this? It’s a genuine question that we all need to ask ourselves.”
Lawrence encouraged demoralized Hillary Clinton supporters to work harder than ever, but seemed at a loss for words when confronting the question of what to tell little girls about what this all means.
“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 said. “I don’t know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope. To work for the future.”
She also urged Clinton supporters to take a page out of the former Secretary of State’s book.
“But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done,” Lawrence concluded. “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!”
Lawrence’s open letter joins other stars who have spoken out, including Aaron Sorkin, “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin and Amy Poehler’s “Parks and Rec” character Leslie Knope.