Emma Watson, Beyoncé, and now, Jennifer Lopez: The singer just joined the front lines of the gender equality fight, assuming a new position as global advocate for women and girls at the U.N. Foundation. She's taking up the cause for a personal reason: 'Having boy-girl twins really opened my eyes to how different men and women are and makes me think about how I treat my boy and how I treat my girl,' she told Katie Couric and U.N. president Kathy Calvin at an event on Friday.
The U.N. set goals last week to achieve gender equality in 15 years—and J.Lo is determined to get to that finish line because of her family. 'At the end of the day, when I picture 2030 when we reach these goals, I want my twins standing side by side and I want them looking at a landscape that has the same opportunity for both of them,' she said. 'That the world is as much of an oyster for Emme as it is for Max.'
Viola Davis's and Patricia Arquette's speeches resonated with her, according to The Cut, and motivated her to use her own clout to make a difference. 'As an artist, I strive to inspire so people can aspire to do bigger and better things with their lives,' she said. 'And for me, women should have all of those opportunities and should aspire to be the President of the United States...it could happen soon!'
Words: Alyssa Bailey