It's been a big year for influential women – and Variety is giving credit where it’s due.
For its sixth annual Power of Women issue, the magazine is honouring five famous women who use their star status for worthy causes – Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis and Donna Langely.
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Jane is being recognized for her work with the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, which focuses on preventing teen pregnancy, while Reese works closely with the Malala Fund, which aims to bolster education for girls in developing countries.
Reese, 38, says she was compelled to take up the cause after her 15-year-old daughter, Ava, told her the story of Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban on her way to school. “It is incomprehensible to me sometimes how few opportunities women have in some areas,” she said.
Jennifer, meanwhile, oversees her Lopez Family Foundation, whose mission it is to improve medical care for women and children.
Viola Davis, who grew up poor in the United States, is also being honoured for her work with the childhood hunger organization Hunger Is. “You just never know when a blessing is going to come,” she tells Variety.
Lastly, Universal chairwoman Donna Langley works with Vital Voices, a program that helps women become leaders around the world.