Have you heard the news? Angelina Jolie is adding a new job description to her resume -- teacher. The "By the Sea" actress will be a visiting professor at the London School of Economics beginning in the fall 2016 school year. She'll be guest lecturing for the "Women, Peace and Security" master's program class, which she and Britain's previous foreign secretary William Hauge created together.
"I am very encouraged by the creation of this master's programme," Angie said in a statement released on Monday, May 23. "I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as it is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women's rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict. I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations."
We can't wait to see what the blockbuster star turned humanitrian will teach about women's rights in the upcoming academic season, but it's not like she hasn't already shared a wealth of knowledge with the world.
So let's a look at the 4 major things Brad Pitt's wifey has shown us.
1. How to Make a Difference in the World 101: Ang may be a huge movie star -- one of the biggest and most beautiful in the whole world -- but she's shown us how to use her fame for good. She's constantly on the move across the globe fighting for important causes like her new teaching subject, women's rights, doing things like launching the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. She also advocates for education, having funded schools in the likes of Kenya, Afghanistan and Cambodia. And, the Oscar-winner has taken a hands on approach to refugee work, going on tons of mission trips all over the world and becoming a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Angelina is truly a humanitarian at her core.
2. How to Raise a Blended Family 101: Angie was one of the first celebrity pioneers for adoption, when she chose to become a single mother to Cambodian-born Maddox Pitt-Jolie in 2002. Ever since, stars like Sandra Bullock and Charlize Theron have followed in her footsteps, adopting outside of the United States, and as single parents. Not only did she show the world an empowering side to raising a child on her own, but kept on adopting even after linking up with her now-hubby Brad Pitt. Together they adopted Zahara Jolie-Pitt from Ethiopia in 2005 and Pax Jolie-Pitt from Vietnam in 2007. Plus, she made it a point to give birth to her biological child Shiloh Jolie-Pitt in Namibia in 2006, and her twins Knox Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt in France. She's seamlessly blended together one big happy brood of six, from different parents and cultures all over the globe.
3. How to Come out of (an alleged) Cheating Scandal Gracefully 101: When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie met on set of the 2005 flick "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," he was still married to Jennifer Aniston. When the couple divorced soon after, rumors swirled that Angie had broken up their marriage with an alleged affair. But instead of tip-toeing around the buzz, she addressed it head on, telling Marie Claire that no funny business went on while he was still hitched. "To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive," she said. "I could not, could not look at myself in the morning if I did that." Regardless of what the public chose to believe, they tried to show that their relationship was here to stay and as real as it gets with a romanticized at-home photo shoot in W Magazine the same year. Married in 2014, it seems as though this beautiful power couple isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
4. Why Breasts Don't Define Womanhood 101: Angelina Jolie has raised a ton of awareness on the topic of breast cancer prevention. In 2013, she made a bold move by having a double mastectomy after learning that she had the BRCA1 gene, and a high chance of developing breast cancer. By publicly announcing her decision and speaking about the issue, she opened up the forum for genetic testing as a preventative method for the illness, and showed women that breasts aren't everything. "On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman," Angelina wrote in the The New York Times. "I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity." Girl power!
Let's wait and see what else she'll serve up as an actual professor, come this fall!
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