Angelina Jolie, the actress, director, UNHCR special envoy, super-mom, and menopause spokeswoman, has done more amazing things than one could count in her career. Now, Angelina Jolie is adding college professor to her extensive list of impressive roles.
In 2017, Jolie will serve alongside former British foreign secretary William Hague in the masters in women, peace and security at the London School of Economics. Hauge and Jolie first worked together in the United Nations. In 2012, they were inspired to launch the women’s center after witnessing how rampant sexual violence is in war-torn regions.
“It is vital 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,” said Jolie in a statement released in the Huffington Post. “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.”
According to an LSE spokeswoman, Jolie and Hague will both teach “at least once a year, for each year of their fellowship,” Any student planning on skipping her class will be making a big mistake. Who wouldn’t want to miss her class? Jolie has one of the most feminist filmographies of any actress working today, including roles in movies such as Maleficent (2014), Salt (2010), and Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005). However, she learned about this issue as director of In the Land of Blood and Honey, a documentary about the 1992-95 Bosnian war. There were estimates 20,000 to 60,000 women raped during that time period, according to Women Under Siege.
Although experiencing the actress as a professor is exciting, this isn’t about students getting to experience Angelina Jolie’s teaching skills. The classes she will teach focus on war crimes against women. That is imperative, especially in this day in age where hundreds of women are being raped and murdered each day throughout the world.
This problem is especially crucial to discuss, especially among our younger generations. According to the United Nations, 1 in 3 women still experience sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner. The lists for how many various forms of violence against women is endless, but Jolie certainly knows that educating people about this issue is important.
In announcing her new job as a teacher, Angelina said that she’s looking forward to sharing her experience with the students to help them recognize the need to advance rights for women around the world. “I hope other academic institutions will follow this example,” said the actress. Let’s also hope the classes aren’t too full during the semester, because students will certainly try to visit her office more than they should.