Hathaway named Goodwill Ambassador

U.N. Women will be getting a little help in promoting gender equality from one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Anne Hathaway has been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for U. N. Women, a part of the United Nations that is “dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

A press release announcing the news said that Hathaway will be “working internationally to advance the adoption and implementation of policies that will bring measurable change,” which will include advocating for childcare services and shared parental leave, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women executive director, had this to say on Hathaway’s appointment, according to Entertainment Weekly:

“The appointment of Anne is timely because this year U.N. Women is driving hard to foster more positive mindsets and practical arrangements around workplaces that build and support equality for women,” as U.N. Women will be specifically focusing on addressing the “motherhood penalty” — the limitation of pay and opportunities that occurs after a woman becomes a mother.

Hathaway also commented on her new role in a statement, saying that she is excited to work for the organization. “I feel honored and inspired by this opportunity to aid in advancing gender equality. Significant progress has already been made but it is time that we collectively intensify our efforts and ensure that true equality is finally realized,” she said.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Hathaway is not the first successful Hollywood female to take on the position, joining the likes of Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson and Connie Britton in working for U.N. Women.

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