10 Charitable Celebrities Doing Good for Women and Girls
Those who are working to make the world a better place should be commended and we regularly feature the CSR business efforts of corporations that go above and beyond. This is also true when it comes to celebrity philanthropy as it often doesn’t get near the attention it should so that that is why I often highlight the altruistic work of celebrities in posts like the 10 Most Charitable Celebrities from the 2013 Oscar nominees, the top 20 Celebrity Gone Good Part 1 (and Part 2), the 5 Celebrity Charity Events by Musicians, Hurricane Sandy relief Part 1 & Part 2, the 10 Celebrities Doing Interesting Things to Change the World and the 10 most charitable celebrities. Today, I’ll be focusing on the 10 Celebrities Doing Good for Women and Girls with the help of Care2 and Look to the Stars.
There are over 581 celebrities support causes that better the lives of girls and women around the globe and 10 of the most dedicated are listed below:
Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
- Amy Poehler. The Parks and Recreation star founded “Smart Girls at the Party [which] is a rapidly expanding online network that aims to help the process of cultivating the authentic selves of young women and the young at heart.” Poehler has also supported: Artists for Peace and Justice, Autism Speaks, Rosie’s Place, The Trevor Project and Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
- Angelina Jolie. Jolie is well known for her work as a United Nations ambassador and she recently shared her very personal health journey to educate women on the importance of being proactive with cancer prevention. She also launched a new jewelry line, Style of Jolie, where 100% of the profits will go to charity. The jewelry line has already funded an all-girls school in Afghanistan. Angelina has also supported: Afghanistan Relief Organization, Direct Change, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Alliance For The Lost Boys Of Sudan, Cancer Schmancer Movement, Care to Learn, Cinema For Peace, Clinton Global Initiative, Daniel Pearl Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, Global Action for Children, HALO Trust, Human Rights Watch, Jolie-Pitt Foundation, Kids in Need of Defense, Millennium Promise, Millennium Villages, Muhammad Ali Center, Not On Our Watch, ONE Campaign, Peace One Day, Project A.L.S., Reporters Without Borders, Sophie’s Gift, SOS Children’s Villages, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Millennium Project, World Food Programme and Yéle Haiti Foundation.
- Madonna. The material girl founded her nonprofit Raising Malawi, which works to help vulnerable children and their caregivers receive food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care. She’s now auctioning off her original Fernand Leger Cubist paintings called Three Women and donating the proceeds to helping educate girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Madonna has also supported:Afghanistan Relief Organization, American Foundation for AIDS Research, Amnesty International, BID 2 BEAT AIDS, Bony Pony Ranch, buildOn, Charity Projects Entertainment Fund, Children in Need, Children of Peace, Every Mother Counts, Live Earth, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Millennium Promise, Millennium Villages, MusiCares, Music Rising, Partners in Health, Raisa Gorbachev Foundation, Ray of Light Foundation, Sentebale, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, Treatment Action Campaign, UNICEF and UN Millennium Project.
- John Legend. The Grammy winner was quoted by the Telegraph saying, “All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place.” He has written a song about feminism and on June 1st 2013, is headlining the London Chime for Change concert which “serves to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world. [They] focus on three key areas: Education, Health and Justice.” Charities he has also supported include: Aid Still Required, Artists for Peace and Justice, Feeding America, Get Schooled Foundation, Global Fund, GRAMMY Foundation, i.am scholarship Fund, International Rescue Committee, LIFEbeat, Live Earth, Malaria No More, Millennium Campus Network, Millennium Promise, MusiCares, Nordoff Robbins, Oxfam, Peace One Day, Reality Cares, (RED), Red Cross, Save The Music Foundation, Show Me Campaign, Stand Up To Cancer, Steve Nash Foundation, The Black Eyed Peas Foundation, The Gentlemen’s Fund, THORN, Tide Loads of Hope, UNICEF, Unite for Japan and War Child.
- Oprah Winfrey. The media mogul famously opened The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa to help better the lives of girls who wouldn’t otherwise get educated. Oprah’s philanthropy is legendary and she has also supported: 46664, Born This Way Foundation, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, William J. Clinton Foundation, Elevate Hope Foundation, Free The Children, Heifer International, Lower East Side Girls Club, Mississippi Animal Rescue League, Mpilonhle, Oprah’s Angel Network, Peace Over Violence, Project Cuddle, Red Cross, Robert F Kennedy Memorial, Somaly Mam Foundation, V-Day, Women for Women International, Women in the World Foundation and Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
Christy Turlington's Every Mother Counts
- Christy Turlington Burns. The model and Actress founded the charity Every Mother Counts and the No Mother’s Day event in support of maternal mortality reduction globally. She was also was the driving force behind the documentary No Woman, No Cry along with her husband Edward Burns. She has also supported: Action Against Hunger, African Rainforest Conservancy, American Cancer Society, CARE, Music Rising, ONE Campaign, PETA, (RED), Roseann’s Gift, Stand Up To Cancer, Walkabout Foundation and Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
- Salma Hayek. The actress founded her Salma Hayek Foundation, which started out supporting “organizations giving aid to and raising awareness for battered women, [and] has now branched out to work with disadvantaged children on the streets of Mexico, helping them to overcome problems such as drugs, violence or lack of education.” She’s also supported: 10×10, American Foundation for AIDS Research, Children’s Defense Fund, Chrysalis, Conservation International, Entertainment Industry Foundation, First Star, Fulfillment Fund, Global Green, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, ONE Campaign, Peace Over Violence, Raising Malawi, Room to Grow, Solar Neighbors Program, Speak Out Against Domestic Violence, Stand Up To Cancer, The Art of Elysium, UNICEF and V-Day.
- Meryl Streep. The multi-Oscar winner has been a tireless champion of the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) and even donated her Iron Lady salary to the cause. “NWHM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into [United State’s] history.” She has also supported: 10×10, Actors Fund of America, American Foundation for AIDS Research, Artists for Peace and Justice, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Equality Now, Healthy Child Healthy World, Heifer International, Prince’s Trust, Stand Up To Cancer, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, The Rainforest Foundation and Women in the World Foundation.
- Hillary Clinton. The former Secretary of State has been recognized for all the work she has done with Vital Voices which works to “identify train, and empower emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.” She has also supported: American Foundation for AIDS Research, American India Foundation, Apne Aap, Avoided Deforestation Partners, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, William J. Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Friends of the High Line, GLSEN, Heifer International, HELP USA, Human Rights Campaign, It Gets Better Project, My Good Deed, Stop Global Warming, The Trevor Project, US Doctors for Africa and Women in the World Foundation.
- Charlize Theron. The Academy Award winner founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project to keep Africa’s youth safe from HIV/AIDS. She filmed a commercial in South African opposing violence against woman as part of the Real Men Don’t Rape campaign (see video below). Additionally she has supported: 21st Century Leaders, American Foundation for AIDS Research, Artists for Peace and Justice, Best Friends Animal Society, Clothes Off Our Back, Dogs Deserve Better, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Food Bank For New York City, Global Green, Luke Neuhedel Foundation, Madisons Foundation, Make It Right, Mpilonhle, Much Love Animal Rescue, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Onyx and Breezy Foundation, PETA, Population Services International, Project Angel Food, Red Cross, Stand Up To Cancer, Whatever It Takes and YouthAIDS.
Charlize Theron – Real Mean Don’t Rape
Kudos to all these celebrities and others like them – they should be commended for their dedication to helping improve the lives of women and girls around the world.
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