"I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt I had to for my career," she confessed. "I’m still learning that I don’t have to smile when a man makes me uncomfortable. Every human being should have the power to be treated with respect because they’re human."
Ahead of her speech, Lawrence shared with ET that she does have some strong female influences in entertainment. "Charlize Theron I met when I was 17. I played a younger version of her [in the 2008 movie The Burning Plain] and she was so nice to me," she said, praising the 42-year-old actress. "I feel like I always see her every few years and she's always been so nice to me and supportive. I told her I wanted to go over to house and have her tell me what to do with my life, and she's like, 'I'd love to.'"
Lawrence also noted that Diane Lane, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey are role models for her. "Oprah Winfrey, I met recently and it was life changing," she quipped.