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Anne Hathaway to become Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women

Actress Anne Hathaway arrives for the premiere of the film "Interstellar" in New York November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR4CP7T

On Wednesday, the United Nations announced that Anne Hathaway will join the likes of Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson by becoming a global Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women. The Academy Award-winning actress will help the organization highlight the issue of care work in the home, which disproportionately falls to women. “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,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, U.N. under-secretary-general and U.N. women executive director, said in a press release. “The ‘motherhood penalty’ — which means that when they become mothers, women’s pay and opportunities at work suffer — is a particularly insidious demonstration of gender inequality in the workplace. For too long it has been difficult or impossible to view raising a child as being truly an equal responsibility for both parents.” Hathaway will advocate for policies such as such as childcare services and shared parental leave to help remove this barrier to women’s equal participation in the workforce. “I feel honoured 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,” Hathaway said.

Read the full story at U.N. Women.

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