In the sixth annual Power of Women issue, Variety celebrates five women who are using their clout to bring attention to worthy causes: Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Jane Fonda, Viola Davis and Donna Langley.
Sisters Jennifer and Lynda Lopez had planned to launch a charitable organization since Jennifer was first vaulted into the public eye. Their talks grew more tangible when both were pregnant, and after a health scare in 2008, the mission for the Lopez Family Foundation, which aims to help improve healthcare for women and children, was born. >>Read More
An actress known for strong female characters, Reese Witherspoon also runs a production company with Bruna Papandrea, Pacific Standard, that specializes in dynamic roles for women with films like “Wild” and “Gone Girl.” Which makes the Malala Fund, which aims to empower girls through education, a natural fit. >>Read More
When Jane Fonda founded the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential in 1994, she met with resistance. But she saw a need: The state had the highest rate of adolescent pregnancy, “not something anyone wants to boast about,” she says. >> Read More
When Viola Davis partnered with Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to introduce the Hunger Is initiative to eradicate childhood hunger earlier this year, her experience became just as emotionally purifying as it was uplifting. >>Read More
As chairman of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley is one of the few women in her position in the entertainment industry. Her work with the nonprofit organization Vital Voices and its global mentorship program has also influenced her day job. >>Read More