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We know what you’re probably thinking: Angelina Jolie Pitt is an obvious choice for a woman crush...but hear us out. Yesterday, Jolie published a deeply personal Op-Ed in The New York Times titled “Diary of a Surgery.” In it, she explains the preventative surgeries she's had to protect her health. This piece is hardly the first time Jolie has blown us away with her courage, eloquence and intellect. Here are five more articles that Jolie has published to stand up for important causes, to educate and to inspire.


"Justice for Darfur," February 2007

In this powerful Op-Ed published by The Washington Post, Jolie--a longtime activist for Africa--called for the use of justice and intervention in Darfur to stop violence and save refugees in the Sudanese border.


"On the Case Against Omar al-Bashir," June 2009

As the world awaited the International Criminal Court’s decision against Omar al-Bashir’s war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, Jolie did not sit silently. She let the world know her strong opinion in Time.


"We All Are Malala," October 2012

Jolie published this heartfelt column in The Daily Beast to raise awareness about unequal rights for girls around the world, particularly access to education. She wrote to turn Malala Yousafzai’s struggle into every woman’s struggle.


"My Medical Choice," May 2013

Two years ago, Jolie took to The New York Times to announce that after seeing her mother die of breast cancer and discovering she had an 87 percent risk of the disease, she would undergo a double mastectomy. Her goal was to make people fear cancer less, and more able to protect themselves.


"A New Level of Refugee Suffering," January 2015

After returning from refugee camps in Iraq, Jolie published an Op-Ed in The New York Times about the dire state of the displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees. As a Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, she begged America not to give up on Middle Eastern refugees.

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