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Anne Hathaway Joins Celebrity Ranks To Support One Billion Rising To End Violence Against Women, Girls

Always the nominee, never the winner, “Bride Wars” (2009) star Anne Hathaway has been repeatedly nominated for Hollywood’s most prestigious awards including the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. Her  impressive resume includes Disney’s “The Princess Diaries” franchise (2001 & 2004), “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), “Rachel Getting Married” (2008) and “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012).

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

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Most recently, her role as Fantine in the 2012 adaptation of Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables,” which opened nationwide on December 25, 2012, has earned her nominations for both the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. With a career going from strength to strength, it is no secret that Anne Hathaway is one of her generation’s most talented actresses.

Anne Hathaway’s success on screen is surpassed only by her charitable works. Quietly, she donated the profits of her wedding photos to organizations close to her heart, including Freedom To Marry, American Cancer SocietySt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The Girl Effect. She was rumored to have purchased plush toys and books for children effected by Hurricane Sandy. Step Up Women’s Network,  Lollipop Theater Network and Creative Coalition are just a few beneficiaries of her support.

One Billion Rising

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One Billion Rising is “a call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends; an act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers; an invitation to dance.”

The organizer’s of V-Day are celebrating their fifteenth anniversary with their latest movement, One Billion Rising. The goal of the initiative is to recognize the one billion women who will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. On February 14, 2013, one billion people across the globe are being invited to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to this violence.

Why dance? Anne tells One Billion Rising founder, Eve Ensler (the playwright best known for her play “The Vagina Monologues”), “When I think back to some of the most fun nights of my life, it was just me out dancing without a care in the world. It’s a release, an outlet. And I’m a firm believer that we can tap into a collective energy and consciousness; on the fourteenth, even if you’re in a field dancing by yourself, you’re going to know you’re not alone.”

Anne Hathaway is only one of many celebrities who are using their profiles to shine a light on the crisis facing one billion women. Jessica Alba, Connie Britton, Anne Hathaway, Donna Karan, Jennifer Lawrence, Dylan McDermott, Riley Keough, Thandie Newton, Yoko Ono, Laura Pausini, Robert Redford, Charlize Theron, Lily Tomlin, Kerry Washington, Ruby Wax, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Monique Wilson and Zoe Kravitz are just a few notable names who are lending their voices to the campaign to end violence against women.

Join the movement. Stage a dance strike, flash mob, concert, or V-Day performance  in your community. Visit OneBillionRising.org for tips and suggestions on how to plan your event. You can also support the campaign when you purchase the limited edition One Billion Rising Tank Top.  Together, we’ll make the earth move to end violence against women and girls.

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