Lena Dunham, Kim Kardashian Among Honorees at Variety’s Power of Women: New York

Power of Women NY 2015 Honorees

Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg and Rachel Weisz will also be recognized at April 24 luncheon

Variety’s Power of Women: New York will honor Glenn Close, Lena DunhamWhoopi Goldberg, Rachel Weisz and Kim Kardashian West as Inspiration Impact Honorees at an April 24 luncheon. The event at Manhattan’s Cipriani Midtown will celebrate the entertainment industry’s most philanthropic women.

“Variety’s Power of Women initiative has become a shining example of what is possible when committed women with a voice stand up for worthy causes and harness their power to give back and inspire others to do the same,” says Michelle Sobrino, publisher, Variety. “Launching the event in New York last year was immensely gratifying for both Variety and our partner Lifetime, and we are honored to share this day with our incredible new charity partner, the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Together we will further magnify the beautiful spirit the Power of Women series exemplifies.”

Close will be recognized for her work with Bring Change2Mind, which is dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Dunham is being honored for her work with Girls Educational & Mentoring Services. The mission of GEMS  is to empower girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential.

Goldberg supports Figure Skating in Harlem, which combines education and figure skating to transform the lives of underserved girls. Weisz will be recognized for her work with the Opportunity Network, which gives underserved high school and college students access to career opportunities, networks and competitive colleges. Kardashian West supports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a non-profit that engages in ground-breaking pediatric medical research.

Power of Women is now a biannual event in New York and Los Angeles, with 400 guests comprised of entertainment and media insiders who will pay tribute to  the philanthropic efforts of these women. This year, the Entertainment Industry Foundation will match Variety’s donation to all the honorees’ charities at both events.

“Lifetime is proud to renew our partnership with Variety to honor the amazing contributions made by women both professionally and philanthropically,” said Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks. “The Power of Women event is a wonderful celebration that brings attention to the accomplishments that women make for the betterment of our world and all of us at Lifetime salute their inspirational journeys.”

“The Entertainment Industry Foundation is proud to join forces with the Variety Foundation to honor these amazing women and support their non-profit partners,” said Lisa Paulsen, president and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. “The charitable work done by Glenn, Lena, Whoopi, Rachel and Kim helps so many people in diverse and meaningful ways; they each offer an inspiring example of the entertainment community’s ability to make a difference.”

Variety’s 2015 Power of Women: New York event is presented by Lifetime and sponsored by Mattel, Frédérique Constant and Gevalia premium coffee.

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  1. Kate says:

    The corrupt media’s hell-bent mission to go after the entire Duggar family for one member’s wrongdoing, while giving a total pass to perverted actions of someone like Lena Dunham – or any other leftwinger celeb caught doing awful things. Lena Dunham’s sexual assault on her sibling is cute, and she’s rewarded for it with fame and fortune.Edit this you corrupt deceptive hypocrites.

  2. Kate says:

    Lena Dunham’s sexual assault on her sibling is cute, and she’s rewarded for it with fame and fortune.Edit this you corrupt deceptive hypocrites.

  3. filmsharks says:

    Lena Dunham is so overrated it is unbearable.

  4. ravengirl57 says:

    Dear Variety, Kim Kardashian? Seriously?

    • LostInBrentwood says:

      Amen! So Kardashian ‘supports’ the CHLA, and THAT warrants a Power of Women nod?!
      How about a celebrity supporting and WORKING for a charity just to enjoy the feeling it gives them, and not telling anyone about it?
      Getting recognition for simply being a decent person is completely unnecessary except for the most narcissistic people.

  5. This is horrid. The most famous porn star of all time, star of the highest selling porn title ever – linked with these women? Huh? Can we all just enjoy how funny the name “Entertainment Industry Foundation” is?

  6. Upman says:

    What a disgrace for these three wonderful ladies to be grouped with Lena Dunham and Kim K. Disgrace.

    • mboomer says:

      I agree 150%> This is absolutely idiotic and lower the standard for this award. She is a porn women not a women of power. Only in America. MB

  7. Michelle says:

    A quick google search of Kim kardashian doing charity work shows she hasn’t done any in Years,and what she did do years ago was only acouple things (helping out at a soup kitchen once) hardly anything to celebrate.

  8. Michelle says:

    How much did Kim pay you to get on that list? What a shameless disgrace.

  9. Kirsten says:

    I cannot believe Kim Kardashian is being honored among these great women. She does absolutely nothing for the world that doesn’t benefit herself, both her and the rest of her family. It is a complete and utter insult to these women. What a shame.

  10. Julienne says:

    Lena Dunham lied about being “Raped.” Who would honor her for that?

    • Luke says:

      Only progressives would “honor” a liar who cried rape and a “woman” whose claim to fame is being in a sex tape. Unreal. What role models.

  11. Rebeccah says:

    Most of these comments are drawn in by the polarizing click bait names in the headline, but I am glad to see the EIF is associating itself with the very important issues of mentoring programs, pediatric medical care and mental health. Addressing important social issues like these help justify the publicity and exposure that celebrities receive, and it’s good to see things impacting communities right here at home being tackled. Tackling Third World problems are also worthwhile humanitarian goals, but there are significant challenges in the places these celebrities call home.

    • Lisa says:

      I should have known, Mattel the makers of Barbie are behind this! The company that caused generations of girls to develop eating disorders and underachievement just in order to marry their ‘Ken’.
      Lena Dunham is undoing the damage to young girls that Kim K has done. Kardashian’s sex tape preyed on the young minds of girls misleading them into thinking one can get rich by spreading their legs, videotaping it and selling it online. For all intents and purposes, Kardashian planted the seed for many girls to fall victim to sexual exploitation.

  12. kylevpirate says:

    Lol Porn Star Kim K does not deserve any awards.
    But it’s Variety, bought out for the trash bag.
    Someone needs to find the garbage can

  13. Allie baker says:

    Kim Kardashian is NOT inspirational she’s a narcissistic plastic and symbolically is the devil of our culture. If Rachel Weiz and Glenn Close have good publicists- they will stay far away from this event.

    • Tricia says:

      Kardashian?! You gotta be freaking kidding me! These Awards just lost ALL CREDIBILITY!

      And Dunham made-up a fake Rape Story for publicity. She should whipped in the town square.

  14. Lisa says:

    Kim Kardashian? An honoree?! She has no honour! I can name plenty of women who deserve this recognition, but not her.
    I write real films. I don’t film myself having sex then call myself a star. This ‘award’ is an insult to all women and it just reenforces the base values our society has especially in regards to women.
    If I were any of the other inductees I’d refuse to accept the award, as it means nothing and belittles all their years of hard work.

  15. Santiaga says:

    I agree with the commentators below. What has Kim Kardashian done to deserve a rewards or any honors. All she has done is made a sex tape, pimped herself out, and made a reality tv show. She doesn’t promote a positive image for women and young girls to follow. She just presents a fantasy of how the more sexual explotation can possibly get you fame. When in actuality it just defames you and your body. WOW money I guess can get you anything you want.

  16. atilla thehun says:

    Variety: now we know where your head was when you made your choices. Did you find any polyps?

  17. Justme says:

    What the heck? What has kim stood up for? Tapes and being naked? Nothing powerful about her!

  18. S. O'Hara says:

    I about fell out of my chair when I heard about Kim Kardashian…it is so obvious that her PR people (and her “husband”) went out and bought this award for her, to attempt to give her some sort of respectability….this woman (and I use that term lightly) has no business in the same room much less a seat of honor with four of the most talented women in the entertainment industry….I (like so many others) am horrified that Variety would cheapen this award by giving it to someone who has made a name for herself for being talentless and for being married to what’s his name….the one who is a legend in his own mind.

  19. Donna says:

    I’m done with Variety.

  20. Darling Me says:

    Four intelligent, creative, highly educated women….and one vapid porn star. No names need be mentioned.

  21. Liz says:

    Kim Kardashian? Really? Give me a break. Think of all the things she’s known for and represents–99% negative.

    • cadavra says:

      So it’s official: they’ve run out of women to honor. I can give Dunham a pass because she does create something, even if most of us think it’s lousy, but what has Kardashian done for the industry, apart from her sex tape and countless horrendous “reality” shows?

      • Tricia says:

        D-D-Dude, reducing the reality of Violent Crimes such as “Rape,” reduces the importance of trying to stop it.

        Dunham, lied about being raped… and made it tougher for women to come forward. NOT Good!

      • cadavra says:

        A-a-and yet another winger who can’t spell jumps in to bash Hillary when the article was not about her or even politics. Don’t you clowns ever get tired of yourselves?

      • atilla thehun says:

        Sure. Let’s honor Dunham. And if you’re going for liars, HRC. Hey, at least her lies are entertaining

  22. S. A. Young says:

    One of these things is not like the other…

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