Angelina Jolie shares the lessons she teaches her daughters

Angelina Jolie wants her daughters to take a stand. During a new interview with former Secretary of State John Kerry, the 42-year-old actress shared some of the valuable lessons that she teaches her girls in light of working with refugees for 17 years.

“I tell my daughters, ‘What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you,’” explained Jolie — who shares Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 11, and Vivienne, 9, with estranged husband Brad Pitt — in her March 2018 cover story for Elle magazine. “‘Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms. A life of service is worth living.’”

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(L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Loung Ung attend the 2018 National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Loung Ung attend the 2018 National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) Angelina Jolie attends the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Loung Ung attend the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Loung Ung attend the 2018 The National Board Of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Angelina Jolie attend the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Loung Ung attend the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Actress/filmmaker Angelina Jolie, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, human-rights activist Loung Ung and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt are seen arriving at the 2018 National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Angelina Jolie, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt arrive to the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt attend the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Angelina Jolie, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt arrives at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Pax Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Netflix Golden Globes after party at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Netflix)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: 75th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actor/director Angelina Jolie (L) and Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt arrive to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Pax Jolie-Pitt arrive to the DGA Theater for the New York premiere of 'First They Killed My Father' on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Pax Jolie-Pitt arrive to the 'First They Killed My Father' afterparty at Jams on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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The Maleficent actress sat down with the 74-year-old politician ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8) to discuss her ongoing campaign against the use of rape and sexual violence as weapons of war, as well as why she continues to work toward a positive change for women’s rights across the world.

“I’m very patriotic,” she said. “For me, it goes hand in hand with being proud of what America stands for. For instance, I’m the only person in my house who was born in America. It’s only because we are a country based on people of different backgrounds and faiths coming together that I can have this family. My daughters have the freedoms they have because of being American. And we are at our best when we are fighting for others to have the same rights. Particularly other women.”

Jolie — who is also the mother of sons Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, and Knox, 9 — told the publication that she “was quite anti-politics” at a young age, but her work with refugees and lawmakers has made her realize that violence against women is often treated “as a lesser crime.”

“I think of how hard women fought to get us to where we are today,” she added. “Everything counts, from the way you hold yourself in your daily life and educate yourself on your own rights, to solidarity with other women around the world.”

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ambassador filed from divorce from Pitt, 54, in September 2016 after two years of marriage and 12 years together. A source confirmed to Us Weekly in February that the former power couple are still working on a settlement and “want things to remain private” and “amicable.”

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LONDON - JULY 03: Actors Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton attend the premiere of Tomb Raider on July 03, 2001 at the Empire in Leicester Sq, London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - MAY 1: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actress Angelina Jolie attends the Vanity Fair 2003 Tribeca Film Festival launch party at The State Supreme Courthouse May 1, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 15: Actress Angelina Jolie attends a promotional photocall for her new movie 'Beyond Borders' October 15, 2003 at Hotel Palace in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 15: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the world premiere of her new movie 'Beyond Borders'. October 15, 2003 at Capitol cinema in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - MARCH 8: (U.S. TABS OUT) Angelina Jolie and Olivier Martinez appear on stage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios March 8, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the World Premiere of 'The Good Shepherd' presented by Universal Pictures at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 11, 2006 in New York City (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
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Angelina Jolie during 'Ocean's Thirteen' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc for Variety Magazine)
FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 03: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for the film 'The Assassination of Jesse James' In Deauville, France On September 03, 2007- Deauville American film festival: Photocall Brad Pitt for the film 'The Assassination of Jesse James' of Andrew Dominik with Casey Affleck. (Photo by Pool BENAINOUS/LEFRANC/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
LONDON - NOVEMBER 11: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the Beowulf European premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square on 11 November, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Wireimage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrives at the 2008 Film Independents Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 23, 2008 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Actress Angelina Jolie attends the 'Kung Fu Panda' premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st Cannes International Film Festival on May 15, 2008 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
FRANCE - MAY 20: Photocall of 'The Exchange' at the Cannes film festival In Cannes, France On May 20, 2008- Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Pool BENAINOUS/SANCHEZ/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the 'Moneyball' Premiere at Roy Thomson Hall during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress/Director Angelina Jolie arrives at American Cinematheque's Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominee Series at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Angelina Jolie arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Centre on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the 3rd Annual Women in the World Summit at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on March 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Honoree Angelina Jolie arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Angelina Jolie arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 28: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the World Premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Angelina Jolie attends the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Angelina Jolie arrives to the world premiere of 'Unbroken' on November 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by KHAP/GG/GC Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 18: Angelina Jolie poses at the photo call of Unbroken at Sydney Opera House on November 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Angelina Jolie attends The 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Writer-director-producer-actress Angelina Jolie Pitt attends the opening night gala premiere of Universal Pictures' 'By the Sea' during AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on November 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18: Actress Angelina Jolie, with her son Knox Jolie-Pitt are seen on June 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by XPX/Star Max/GC Images)
Actress Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of 'Faces Places' at the Pacific Design Center, on October 11, 2017, in West Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Honoree Angelina Jolie attends the 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 5, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 14: Angelina Jolie is seen out in Manhattan on December 14, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: 75th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actor/director Angelina Jolie arrive to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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