11.20.14   By Ali

At the Illumination Gala Jennifer spoke with People about why she had her girls start taking karate at a young age. And how the work she does for Save the Children is so important to her.

Sydney Bristow would be proud: Jennifer Garner‘s girls are learning to master martial arts.

The actress, 42, wants her daughters to embrace their “femininity” by playing with baby dolls and knowing how to bake.

However, she also wants Violet, 9 next month, and Seraphina, 5½, “to be able to kick a guy’s ass,” she told reporters on the red carpet at the 2nd annual Save the Children Illumination Gala.

“That’s why they’ve been taking karate since they were little!”

But book smarts are equally important to Garner. “I want my girls to love math and I want them to think that being a scientist is the coolest job on the planet,” she said at the event, which honored her husband, Ben Affleck.

According to the actor, Garner, who is on the board of trustees of Save the Children and who hosted the gala, is a great role model for their daughters.

“I think they understand what my wife understands full well, which is that it’s important to be strong and present and powerful and accept nothing less than a man would and in fact, ask for more,” Affleck, 42, says.

“That’s part of what I admire about my wife and I know through her example that my children will absorb that.”

While her children — including son Samuel, 2½ – wish she could stay home with them all the time, Garner says, “I want my kids to know that if working is important to me, and working for Save the Children is important to me, then that’s valid and that as much as I love them, I’m my own person too.”

11.20.14   By Ali

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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11.20.14   By Ali

As Ben Affleck was honored by Save the Children in New York, he and wife Jennifer Garner spoke about how they balance their careers, family life and charity work. (Nov. 20)

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11.20.14   By Ali

Save the Children is an organization close to Jennifer’s heart and last night she and Ben attended their Illumination Gala where Jennifer was the hostess and Ben was recognized by the organization for his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative. Jennifer looked beautiful in a black dress designed by Calvin Klein.

Thanks to Gabby for a ton of the pics that are now in the gallery from the event!

Gallery Links:
Jennifer Garner Online > 2014 > November 19 | Save The Children Illumination Gala

11.18.14   By Ali

InStyle gives us a look behind the scenes of Jen’s photoshoot for their Shining Stars feature in their December issue.

Concern for the well-being of others doesn’t start and end with the holidays, of course. For the “Shining Stars” story in the December issue of InStyle, we caught up with six famous faces who are shedding light on the spirit of giving throughout the year.

Jennifer Garner may be an award-winning actress, mother-of-three, and wife to Ben Affleck, but the multi-tasker stills finds it in herself to offer time and energy to a cause that hits close to home: Save the Children, the leading independent charity for youngsters in need that advocates children’s rights in more than 120 countries (including the United States) by providing medical aid, food, water, and educational tools.

“Nearly one in four children in rural America is growing up in poverty,” Garner tells Katherine Schwarzenegger in InStyle’s December issue. “My own mother was raised in Oklahoma with 11 kids squeezed into one tiny space. She is the only member of her family who went to college, and the reason she was able to accomplish so much is because her brain was prepared for school at an early age. It’s crucial to intervene while children are young. We’ve already lost them if they aren’t starting school until the age of 5 or 6.”

“In an ideal world, we could just take the billions of dollars we spend on the juvenile court system and invest it in the first five years of life. Every time I visit a family in their home with Save the Children, we help foster the connection between mothers and their kids. When we show mothers hot to stimulate their child’s brain, it’s like watching a lightbulb go on,” Garner says. “It thrills me, because I know a child’s life is going to be better and that mother is going to enjoy parenthood so much more.”

To donate, visit savethechildren.org and follow on Twitter @SaveTheChildren.

To watch the video where Jen talks about how she got involved with Save the Children go here.

11.18.14   By Ali

InStyle did a feature in their December issue on Stars who give back called Shining Stars. Jennifer is featured along with Pharrell Williams, Shailene Woodley and more. Scans are now in the gallery.

Gallery Links:
Jennifer Garner Online > PUBLICATIONS > 2014 > December | InStyle

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11.14.14   By Ali

We have the first poster & stills released from Jen’s new film Danny Collins (originally called Imagine)

Gallery Links:
Jennifer Garner Online > FILMS > 2015 | Danny Collins

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11.14.14   By Ali

On Wednesday Jennifer attended the Toms for Target Launch Event. For every Toms product you purchase at Target another of the same product will be donated to those in need. To purchase an item and help this great cause go here.

Thanks to Claudia for sharing some of these pics with us!

Gallery Links:
Jennifer Garner Online > 2014 > November 12 | Tom’s For Target Launch Event
Jennifer Garner Online > 2014 > November 12 | Tom’s For Target Launch Event – Inside

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