Jessica Chastain is no stranger to feminism. She’s been very vocal about empowering women and equal rights. She even participated in the Women’s March in Washington and is a proud advocate for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
Chastain was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight to discuss her involvement in the Time’s Up movement:
Recently, Chastain posted a photo of herself on Instagram in celebration of International Women’s Day. In the post, she is wearing a t-shirt with the slogan “We Should All Be Feminists” written across the front.
She captioned her post with the following message: “FEMINISM: the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”
Of course, Chastain got a lot of praise for the post, but, as celebrities usually do, she also received some backlash. She ignored her haters with the exception of one commenter named Karin Schulz.
In response to Chastain’s post, Schulz wrote, “Yes, feminist that believe in God and stand up for The Unborn. I would be for that kind of feminist.”
Rather than write off Schultz’s remarks or respond in a knee-jerk way, Chastain took the time to research Schultz and then formed an unbelievable response.
It turns out that Schulz and her husband have been trying for a long time to conceive a child. After extensive testing, they found out that due to biological issues, they will need medical help to have a baby.
The medical help the couple requires is costly and would risk putting them into debt, so Schulz started a GoFundMe page, which she linked to her Instagram account.
Chastain clearly looked into Schulz’s situation and personally responded to her comment with the following message:
“Yes, you can decide what is right for you. I am pro-choice and I believe that everyone has the right to make their own decision. I read about your journey to become a mother and it broke my heart. I hope that your dream will come true in 2018! Much love to you.”
Rather than be angry or upset, Chastain politely disagreed with Schultz’s anti-choice stance, but nevertheless completely respected her opinions. She decided to take the high road and to extend compassion and kindness to a woman that is clearly struggling.
And as if that didn’t make us all love Jessica Chastain even more than we already did, she actually decided to donate $2000 to Schultz’s GoFundMe campaign!
She even commented personally yet again, writing “You’ll be wonderful parents who teach love by example. Someday you’ll hold your baby. Don’t give up.”
Proof of Chastain’s good deed was captured by Twitter user Sam Montgomery. Her tweet has since gone viral. Perhaps we really don’t deserve someone as amazing as Jessica Chastain! Aside from spreading kindness, she has been using her celebrity platform to speak out on women’s issues.
Much of her press tour for Crimson Peak was used to address issues of equal pay in Hollywood, while her recent promotion for Molly’s Game saw her addressing sexual assault and harassment.
She has previously spoken out in support of Planned Parenthood and the Fox News whistleblowers, and admits she only takes on new acting roles if they are empowering characters.