Raising children is a monumental task, but this is especially true when it comes to raising daughters in a culture that is steeped in sexism. Actor and philanthropist Angelina Jolie is no stranger when it comes to the pressure of being a woman in the public eye, but luckily for her three daughters, she’s a strong role model for girls and women everywhere.
Jolie says that she tells her daughters, “Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you.”
The humanitarian and Special Envoy for UNHCR (The U.N. Refugee Agency) is the mother of six children: Shiloh (11 years old), Maddox (16 years old), Vivienne (9 years old), Pax (14 years old), Zahara (13 years old) and Knox (9 years old).
She shared these powerful thoughts with former Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry interviewed Jolie for the March Issue of Elle.
Jolie continued, “What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms…A life of service is worth living.”
Wow. What powerful and wise words. Nor is this the first time Jolie has shared excellent advice with girls and women who might be struggling to find their place in this world.
The Oscar-winning actor shared this inspiring message to women in an interview with Cosmopolitan:
“Figure out who you are separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else.”
Jolie’s daughters are lucky to have such an incredible and fierce mama to guide them in this world. She wants to make sure that her daughters don’t feel like they just have to be a pretty face or dependent on others for their self-worth, but rather a force for good in this world. And that’s a message we all need to hear sometimes.