Portraits of Power: The 10th Annual Variety “Power of Women” Conference

Earlier today, a group of extraordinary, inspirational women (and one brave teenager!) chatted with “Black-ish” star, Jenifer Lewis, about sisterhood/feminism set against the #metoo movement and the political landscape of the current White House administration.

At the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel, honorees Emma Gonzalez, Tiffany Haddish, Regina King, Natalie Portman and Lena Waithe were distinguished at a luncheon presented by Lifetime in its 10th annual edition.

Waithe — honored for her work with The Trevor Project that supports LGBTQ+ youth with suicide prevention efforts — spoke about solidarity among the Hollywood industry’s women, and how essential it is to raise your voice against discrimination and injustice.

Emmy Award-winning actress King was honored for her initiatives with the I Have a Dream Foundation, a non profit org that extends academic, social, and emotional support to low-income kids. She spoke about the power of sisterhood to lift each other up.

Actress and advocate Portman was recognized for her work as a founding member of the Time’s Up movement, the ten-month old campaigning and legal defense fund that was founded in response to Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long sexual misconduct and harassment. She addressed discrimination in Hollywood’s hiring practices and the isolation that women face from their male colleagues when they speak-out against sexual harassment.

Comedienne and actress Haddish was recognized for her work with The Unusual Suspects Theater Company, which supports at-risk kids through its theatrical endeavors. Haddish was vocal about staying authentic to oneself in an industry that often marginalizes women, and particularly women of color.

March For Our Lives co-founder Gonzalez was honored as a beacon of hope (by presenter George Clooney!) and spoke passionately about gun violence and mass shootings around the nation, dovetailing into a timely message about how important it is to vote for legislation and accountability in the November midterms…

…which reminds me to ask you to do just one little thing: VOTE!


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