Power of Women: Viola Davis on Her Work With Hunger Is

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Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis and Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley were honored at Variety‘s sixth annual Power of Women luncheon as Lifetime Impact Honorees for their humanitarian efforts.

“The women of the entertainment industry are among the most passionate champions of philanthropy and affecting change for various causes,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, publisher, Variety. “We’re thrilled to once again honor, through our seventh Power of Women initiative, an outstanding lineup of women who do just that.”

“For over 30 years, Lifetime has been the entertainment industry leader in celebrating women. We are incredibly proud of our longstanding partnership with Variety‘s Power of Women event to showcase the great philanthropic work of some of the leading charitable voices in our industry,” said Nancy Dubuc, President and CEO, A+E Networks.

The Oct. 10 event at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons was held in conjunction with the annual Women’s Impact Report in Variety magazine and in partnership with Lifetime Television.

The Power of Women event (official hashtag #PowerOfWomen) is now in its sixth year in Los Angeles and launched its debut New York event earlier this year. The exclusive luncheon hosted 500 Hollywood insiders who payed tribute to the philanthropic efforts of the honored women.

Maria Bello introduces Viola Davis at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon, saying she’s thankful that Davis lets this “angry white woman” be her friend.

“Although my childhood was filled with many happy memories, it was also filled with abject poverty; I was one of the 17 million kids in this country who didn’t know where their next meal was coming from,” said Davis, adding that she “sacrificed a childhood for food and grew up in immense shame” and speaking out now allows her to use her celebrity to put a face to the problem.

To hear Viola's heartfelt speech in its entirety, visit the link below: