Nicole Kidman, Amy Pascal, Amy Poehler, Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington and Elizabeth Banks honored for their philanthropy

Variety’s fifth annual Power of Women kudos celebrate five femmes who use their clout to raise money and awareness for worthy causes and charities: Nicole Kidman, Amy Pascal, Amy Poehler, Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington and Elizabeth Banks.

With violence against women making global headlines, Nicole Kidman’s work with U.N. Women is more urgent than ever. >> Read More

When Amy Pascal’s sister Jenny began working as a training director for Teen Line, the Sony exec was intrigued. >> Read More

Amy Poehler first met Jane Aronson at a Glamour magazine Woman of the Year event in 2009, and it didn’t take long for the “Parks and Recreation” star and Worldwide Orphans Foundation founder to bond. >> Read More

The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, which works to assist HIV/AIDS prevention in Theron’s native South Africa, might bear the actress’s name, but when Theron established the org in 2007, the last thing she wanted was to go it alone. >> Read More

Kerry Washington is no stranger to Washington, D.C. On ABC’s “Scandal,” she deals with the dark and dramatic side of the nation’s capital. But in real life, she is a proud member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. >> Read More

When Banks got involved with the American Heart Assn.’s Go Red for Women campaign, she saw the opportunity to educate women about cardiac disease and heart attacks through gentle humor and real stories from real survivors of the disease. >> Read More

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