Actress Angelina Jolie says she hopes that her three daughters will follow in her footsteps — not necessarily by becoming by actresses, but by fighting for the rights of women. Jolie, who shares three daughters and sons with ex-husband Brad Pitt, was named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2001. Speaking to Elle, Jolie discussed the advice she gives daughters 13-year-old Zahara, 11-year-old Shiloh and 9-year-old Vivienne, saying she wants them to grow up believing that “we are at our best when we are fighting for others to have the same rights — particularly other women.”
“I tell my daughters, ‘What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you,'” Jolie told Elle. “‘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.’”
Jolie, who has three biological children and three adopted children, none of whom were born in America, says she believes that it’s only because America is “based on people of different backgrounds and faiths” that she is able to have the family she currently enjoys.
“I’m very patriotic. For me, it goes hand in hand with being proud of what America stands for,” she explained.
To date, Jolie has served on behalf of the U.N. in more than 60 missions, and her humanitarian efforts have garnered her the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and an honorary damehood from the Order of St. Michael and St. George, among other distinctions. She has also joined Women in the World onstage at several events. Below, watch a video of her from the 2015 Summit discussing some of the horrors she’s witnessed working as a U.N. ambassador.