Thursday, March 8, was International Women's Day, and Jessica Chastain, star of movies like Interstellar, The Martian, and Zero Dark Thirty, celebrated by posting a picture of herself to Instagram wearing a T-shirt that read, "We should all be feminists," along with the caption, "FEMINISM: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes #happyinternationalwomensday."
As often happens on social media, someone with an agenda replied to Chastain's post. Karin Schulz commented:
Yes feminist that believe in God and stand up for The Unborn. I would be for that kind of feminist.
She could have clapped back or ignored the comment. But Chastain is made of tougher stuff — kindness:
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 ❤️
act of kindness can change peoples minds better than matching their ignorance.— baddie (@mlec212) March 9, 2018
And the actress didn't stop there. Some quick sleuthing revealed that Schulz and her husband were trying to have a baby but suffering from fertility problems. Chastain found the couple's GoFundMe page, which they set up for treatments not covered by their insurance, and donated $2,000 of their $5,000 goal.
Chastain's act of kindness went beyond mere words:
The GoFundMe is now less than $400 short of its goal. With the additional press garnered by the actress's generous donation, there's little doubt the couple will reach the $5k marker with ease. Chastain is known in the industry as a warrior for all women's rights.
Perhaps Jessica would be a good name for the couple to consider when their child finally comes along?