In a deeply personal essay for Time, Angelina Jolie opened up about her daughters' recently undergoing surgery.
"I have spent the last two months in and out of surgeries with my eldest daughter, and days ago watched her younger sister go under the knife for a hip surgery," she wrote.
The 44-year-old shares children Maddox (18), Pax (16), Zahara (14), Shiloh (13), Knox (11) and Vivienne (11), with ex, Brad Pitt, who were both present and "very involved", a source told E! News. The insider revealed that's why Brad Pitt gave the Baftas a skip.
In her piece written for International Women's Day, the Academy-Award winner praised her children when Zahara and Shiloh underwent surgery: "I have watched my daughters care for one another. My youngest daughter studied the nurses with her sister, and then assisted the next time. I saw how all my girls so easily stopped everything and put each other first, and felt the joy of being of service to those they love."
She added, "I also watched them face their fears with resolute bravery. We all know that moment when no one else can help us, and all we can do is close our eyes and breathe. When only we can take the next step or breathe through the pain, so we steady ourselves and do it."
The Maleficent star went to say that we should respect and protect our women and girls.
"And my message to girls is, fight on, little ladies," she concluded. "Your care for each other will be a large part of your way forward. Hold your nerve. Know your rights. And never let anyone tell you that you are not precious and special and, above all, equal."