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Mariska Hargitay from 'Law & Order: SVU' Makes People's Women Changing the World List & Fans React

Afouda Fortune
Mar 06, 2020
07:00 P.M.
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Fans are excited for Mariska Hargitay after she bagged a spot on People’s “Women Changing the World” issue.

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Not only is she a “The Law & Order: SVU” star who played the role of a New York Police Department Captain Olivia Benson, but Mariska Hargitay is also trained as a rape crisis counselor.

Mariska Hargitay from the serie "Law & Order : SVU" attends a photocall during the 58th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 17, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Mariska Hargitay from the serie "Law & Order : SVU" attends a photocall during the 58th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 17, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

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Another star who made it to People’s list is Eva Longoria who started the “Eva Longoria Foundation” in 2012 with plans to give Latinas entrepreneurial training...

Over the last few years, her fans have become familiar with the causes that she holds dear.

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Hence, it wasn’t a shock when they paid her accolades after People included her in their list for the 2020 “Women Changing the World” issue.

The praise had started pouring in after the 56-year-old shared an image of herself on the magazine cover.

While one person wrote “you’re incredible. I’m so proud of you,” another person stated that the milestone was well-deserved.

A fans' comment from Mariska Hargitay's post. | Photo: instagram.com/therealmariskahargitay

A fans' comment from Mariska Hargitay's post. | Photo: instagram.com/therealmariskahargitay

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A third person told Mariska that she was not only proud of her achievement, but she was also in awe of her (Mariska).

A fans' comment from Mariska Hargitay's post. | Photo: instagram.com/therealmariskahargitay

A fans' comment from Mariska Hargitay's post. | Photo: instagram.com/therealmariskahargitay

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A fourth fan pointed out that the “Plain Truth” actress was “everything right that was with the world” just as a fifth commenter pronounced Mariska their captain, whom they were proud of.

A fans' comment from Mariska Hargitay's post. | Photo: instagram.com/therealmariskahargitay

A fans' comment from Mariska Hargitay's post. | Photo: instagram.com/therealmariskahargitay

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Amid the pour-in of praises, People revealed that Mariska had started a nonprofit organization, which she called the “Joyful Heart Foundation.”

The charity, which was created to offer support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, moved beyond its original goal in 2010 when the actress needed solutions to a particular problem.

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The problem, according to People, was the existence of a backlog of rape kits that waste away because they don’t get tested for evidence. While speaking to the media outlet, Mariska stated: “These women … need to be respected, and seen and heard.”

Another star who made it to People’s list is Eva Longoria who started the “Eva Longoria Foundation” in 2012 with plans to give Latinas entrepreneurial training and education support, specifically in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Eva Longoria attends the screening of "Rocketman" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France | Photo: Getty Images

Eva Longoria attends the screening of "Rocketman" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France | Photo: Getty Images

According to the women who worked on the “Women Changing the World” issue, Eva, Mariska, and eight other women had been chosen based on the changes they were making in their communities, in the country, and the world at large.

The women added that the list wasn’t a countdown as each woman was doing her best to change the world around her.

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