It's fitting that America's sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon is Marie Claire's February cover girl. The issue hits stands today. Beyond having the girl next door type of face that graces the pages of magazines and tabloids a like, there's a lot more to the blond beauty than her laundry list of films, former marriage to Ryan Philippe and current romance with Jake Gyllenhaal. She's the working mother of two, daughter, Ava, 8 and Deacon, 4 who aims for balance in her life. She said:

"I think, like every working parent, I sometimes feel that there are not enough hours in they day. But overall, I'm very fortunate that my job has a lot of flexibility. I spend a lot of time with the kids, just around the house. They're still pretty young, so I feel like what I can mostly do is listen to them and be there for them."

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And, many of Reese's current projects are aimed at creating a better world for her children. In addition to promoting her new film, Penelope that deals with the issue of self-acceptance in young women, she has a new post as the first Global Ambassador for Avon. She said:

"As an actress and producer, I've always tried to make choices that promote the strength and ability I find inherent in every woman - my hope now is that the quality of women's lives can be tangibly improved."