Recently, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie spoke out about the inequalities women endure around the world today. She also shared some advice she gives her daughters on how to become strong and magnificent women, in spite of all the obstacles placed in their way.
Jolie and her ex-husband, fellow movie star Brad Pitt, met while shooting Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2003. They were together for 12 years, during which they raised six children together.
The pair’s contentious separation in 2016 dominated media headlines. Since then, Jolie has been mostly keeping a low profile, out of the spotlight and away from the paparazzi. She and Pitt share custody of the children.
In the latest issue of Elle Magazine, Jolie opened up about the highly publicized divorce and her aspirations for her children. The moving article includes her reflections on the challenges faced by women in society, and how mothers and daughters can overcome them together.
Angelina Jolie’s best quotes on helping her daughters overcome discrimination
“Women could be accused of witchcraft for having an independent sex life, for speaking their mind on politics or religion, or for dressing differently. Had I lived in earlier times, I could have been burnt at the stake many times over for simply being myself.”
“It can be hard to take the time to ask ourselves who we truly want to be—not what we think other people will approve of or accept, but who we really are. But when you listen to yourself, you can make the choice to step forward and learn and change.”
“None of this is to dismiss or downplay for an instant the terrible abuses against men and boys. …[But] why is so much energy expended to keep women in a secondary position?”
“But it is also true that women don’t wake up every morning wanting to fight. We want to be able to be soft and nurturing and graceful and loving. …What we do have is the ability to support one another, and to work with the many great men who value and respect women as their equals.”
“In my work, I travel often to countries where I know that if I were a citizen there, my beliefs and actions as a woman could land me in jail or expose me to physical danger.”
“I often tell my daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds. You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside if your mind isn’t strong. There is nothing more attractive—you might even say enchanting—than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions.”
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