Angelina Jolie Reveals Her Advice for Her Daughters in Moving 'Elle' Essay


A pretty dress can be worn at any time but it doesn't matter what you wear on the outside if you don't have a strong mind. Inside, she reflects on how women have historically been treated as witches, and linking what she dubs the "ultimate conspiracy theory" against them back to the Salem witch trials.

"It is startling how often women who run for political office in democratic countries are described as witches", Jolie continued.

Angelina Jolie discusses women's rights across the globe and the lessons she instills in her own children in a powerful essay for Elle. Angelina Jolie also argued that the world needs more 'wicked women'. "Women who won't give up on their voice and rights, even at the risk of death or imprisonment or rejection by their families and communities". "Looked at in this light, "wicked women" are just women who are exhausted of injustice and abuse", she explained.

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"There is nothing more attractive - you might even say enchanting - than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions", Jolie adds. The Maleficent actress is known for her bold personality and she is no different for this time.

Jolie began by asking the question, "What is it about the power of a woman free in mind and body that has been perceived as so risky throughout history".

The famed humanitarian raised the various ways women and girls are controlled and punished, including through genital mutilation, rape or honor killings. And we don't have magical powers. She narrates a few examples from her past experiences where she visited several countries in the worst social times and encountered men who were subjected to brutality for supporting women around. "I think we can often go offtrack as women, because our instinct is to nurture or to adjust ourselves to society's expectations", she ponders. The actor also tries to talk to the men who supported women and agreed to walk with them towards the change. The dark and moody photos fit perfectly with the theme of the cover story, which was done to promote Angie's upcoming movie, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.