Kim Kardashian, Lena Dunham and More Honored in Variety’s ‘Power of Women’ Issue
Variety explains these five women use “their clout to bring attention to worthy causes.”
Reality TV mogul and successful app entrepreneur Kardashian West is an active supporter of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which she started to work with seven years ago after a friend’s child became sick.
Variety notes she “donates proceeds from her eBay auction store to the nonprofit,” and additionally she regularly visits patients and their parents with her husband Kanye West or sisters, especially during the holidays.
“My father passed away from cancer,” Kardashian West said of her father Robert who passed in 2003. “I remember what it was like when my dad was going through it. You see the kids that are so strong. They feel so helpless. You want to do anything to help them.”
Goldberg, a co-host on The View who runs her own production company, is “an honorary chair of Figure Skating in Harlem, a nonprofit that helps young girls learn leadership and academic skills through the sport.”
“Anytime someone is passionate about something, I feel like you have to encourage that,” Goldberg says. “If it turns out to be your passion, great. If it’s not, enjoy it. Now’s the time.”
In 2010, Close started the nonprofit Bring Change 2 Mind, which “aims to start a conversation,” in order to raise awareness about mental illness. Mental illness has personally affected the six-time Academy Award nominee (she explains her sister and nephew have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia disorder, respectively), and she added that one in four people are affected by it.
“We thought the best thing to do was work against the stigma that surrounds mental illness. It’s a chronic illness like anything else,” she said.
Weisz’s passion is education, and the Oscar-winning actress and her husband, Daniel Craig, support New York’s charity Opportunity Network, which “aims to help students increase their potential to get into and graduate from college.”
She explained, “The most moving thing is to see this incredible desire to learn and go to college and to help them on that path. It’s very inspiring to be around an 18-year-old kid who’s burning to go to college and learn.”
Dunham, the creator and star of Girls, is a supporter of Gems (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services), a “non-profit that helps victims of commercial sexual exploitation in New York.”
“What attracted me so much to the cause is that I’m a feminist and I’m a sexual assault survivor,” Dunham explained. “I felt that it was important to me to not just call attention to the circumstances (around) which I was assaulted on a college campus, but also to call attention to sexual-abuse survivors who have far less of a public voice.”
Check out the gallery above to see all of the various covers from Variety’s latest issue.