Maleficent star Angelina Jolie wants more 'wicked women' in the world
In an essay for a US magazine, the actress also said that she could have been 'burnt at the stake' had she lived in earlier times.
Angelina Jolie has penned an essay in the September issue of US Elle where she called for more “wicked women” in the world.
“‘Wicked women’ are just women who are tired of injustice and abuse," she clarified. "Women who refuse to follow rules and codes they don’t believe are best for themselves or their families. 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."
Jolie continued: "If that is wickedness, then the world needs more wicked women.”
The Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil actress, who is on the cover of the magazine, also questioned why so much energy is being spent “to keep women in a secondary position”.
“Women could be accused of witchcraft for having an independent sex life, for speaking their mind on politics or religion, or for dressing differently,” she said. “Had I lived in earlier times, I could have been burnt at the stake many times over for simply being myself.”
Jolie, who has three daughters with ex-husband Brad Pitt, ended her essay by advising women to develop their minds.
“I often tell my daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds. You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside if your mind isn’t strong. There is nothing more attractive – you might even say enchanting – than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions.”
The 44-year-old actress will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thena in the upcoming The Eternals, with fellow women's rights advocate Salma Hayek.