From New Jersey to the world: Anne Hathaway is now a UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador

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Actress Anne Hathaway has been named a Global Goodwill Ambassador by United Nations organization UN Women, which works toward gender equality and the empowerment of women. In a press release announcing the appointment, Anne said, “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.” Anne joins fellow Goodwill Ambassadors Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson and HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand in fulfilling this important role.

Anne’s new role as mom to Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, her son with husband Adam Schulman, who was born in April, was of special interest to the organization. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, said, “The appointment of Anne is timely because this year UN Women is driving hard to foster more positive mindsets and practical arrangements around workplaces that build and support equality for women. 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.”

In an Instagram post, Anne cited maternity leave as an important issue facing women around the world.