In the hope that you lovely readers are also interested in more than just someone's latest hairstyle this month's 'inspiring woman' celebrates not one but four amazingly inspiring famous women over 40 who are all actually making a real difference in this world...
Angelina Jolie went from wild child actress to humanitarian queen after filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia. She said that her experience there ‘opened her eyes’ to a variety of world issues and ever since she has become a dedicated campaigner for human rights. She has worked tirelessly for the UN, visited over 30 countries, often risking her own safety to do so, and has given speeches around the world advocating for the rights of people in war-torn countries. She recently worked alongside William Hague to raise awareness of ‘rape as a weapon of war’ and, along with her husband Brad Pitt,. has also established several charitable foundations supporting issues from education to community development.
Another Oscar Winner and UN speaker, Charlize Theron has often spoken of her love for her home country (South Africa)and has shown that love in many ways including through the work of her charitable organisation. The focus is on helping ‘African youth keep themselves safe from HIV through grant giving, networking, and spotlighting the work of the community-based organizations we support.’ Started in 2007 it has so far helped over 200,000 young people throughout Africa.
Whilst most know Christy Turlington from her days as a Supermodel, not so many are aware of her amazing charity ‘Every Mother Counts’. After surviving a life-threatening complication after giving birth to her daughter, she discovered that hundreds of thousands of women and girls around the world (around 2 every minute) died from maternal complications due to lack of proper medical care. This led Christy to create a documentary called ‘No Woman, No Cry’ which she directed and produced as well as setting up her charity ‘Every Mother Counts’ to raise funds and awareness of maternal issues around the world.
Geena Davis is not only an Oscar Winning Actress but also a dedicated campaigner for women’s rights in the media and her foundation is ‘the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve, gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under.’ Wow, well said! Geena was spurred into action after watching television with her daughter and becoming concerned about the lack of positive female characters. She went on to commission the largest ever research project on gender representation in film and television and its findings (in family films, there is only one female character for every three male characters. In group scenes, only 17% of the characters are female) confirmed her suspicions – women were not being adequately represented in the media. The Institution she founded has since gone on to work with major decision makers in the industry to change this.
Which female celebs would you add to this list?