Anne Hathaway is the latest celebrity humanitarian to be named a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador. The actress and new mom will be tasked with promoting the equal division of care work between men and women, a key issue in preventing gender inequality. “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,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a U.N. under-secretary-general. “For too long, it has been difficult or impossible to view raising a child as being truly an equal responsibility for both parents.” Meanwhile, Hathaway said she feels honored to be able to help the cause. “Significant progress has already been made, but it is time that we collectively intensify our efforts and ensure that true equality is finally realized,” the actress said in a statement. With her appointment, Hathaway joins an illustrious group of glamorous women—including Emma Watson, Katy Perry, and Angelina Jolie Pitt—who have used their fame to promote humanitarian causes on a global scale. Here, a slideshow of her predecessors.
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