Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is a force to be reckoned with. The Lebanese-born 42-year-old has proven herself as a talented and intelligent lawyer with one impressive career. But there’s more to this powerhouse than you may know.
She taught at Columbia Law School in New York
Amal taught a human rights class at Columbia Law School in New York in the summer of 2015. The class covered international human rights and issues including women’s rights, LGBT rights and the death penalty.
She strives for a normal lifestyle
Amal and George chose to raise their children as far from the spotlight as possible. When their twins were born, the pair deliberately gave them traditional names – Ella and Alexander. “We didn’t want to give them one of those ridiculous Hollywood names that don’t mean anything,” George said at the time, adding that their children “already have enough difficulty bearing the weight of their celebrity”.
She challenges normative stereotypes
“I hate the idea that you somehow, as a human being, have to be put in a box,” she told Vogue. “There’s no reason why lawyers can’t be fun—or actresses can’t be serious.”
She’s a humanitarian, too
In 2015 Amal partnered with nonprofit organisation 100 lives to provide scholarships for young Lebanese women at UWC Dilijan College, a co-ed boarding school in Dilijan, Armenia. Read more here. More recently, she and husband George donated to the March For Our Lives campaign.
She’s a strong supporter of the Me Too movement
While she’s been known for her women’s rights efforts for years, Amal is also a big supporter of the Me Too movement. “As women we may not be a minority, but there is a bond that we all share,” Clooney said in a past speech. “It is not a bond of geography. Or religion. Or culture. It is a bond of shared experience—experiences that only women go through, and struggles that only women face.” On the Me Too movement, she told Vogue: “I think because of the brave women who have come forward to tell their stories, the future workplace will be safer for my daughter than it was for people of my generation. We’re in a situation where a predator feels less safe and a professional woman feels more safe, and that’s where we need to be.”