Variety Power of Women Event Presented by Lifetime Announces 2023 Honorees

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Variety is pleased to announce the honorees for the upcoming Power of Women issue on Wednesday, March 29 and event in New York on Tuesday, April 4. The event, in partnership with Lifetime, celebrates the Power of Women honorees.

Celebrating the Power of Women, the honorees will appear on the cover of the issue, as well as the women profiled in the publication's annual Women's Impact Report, which highlights the top women working in entertainment. 

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This year's honorees include beloved author and literary icon Judy Blume, subject of documentary Judy Blume Forever, and producer of the highly anticipated film, Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, based on her acclaimed book of the same name, both premiering in April 2023, will highlight the National Coalition Against Censorship; Emmy-nominated creator, actress, director, writer, and producer Natasha Lyonne, currently starring in and executive producing Rian Johnson's hit Peacock original series, Poker Face, will discuss the importance of Lower Eastside Girls Club.

Academy Award and Emmy-nominated actress Rosie Perez, who currently stars in the Showtime series Your Honor, will highlight Heart 9/11; actress, veteran talk-show host of Live!, and New York Times best-selling author Kelly Ripa, who recently debuted her first memoir of short stories, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories, will highlight Win, formerly Women In Need; and actress and singer Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, the first transgender individual to win a Golden Globe Award and be nominated for an Emmy in a lead category, currently starring in Apple TV+'s series Loot, will be speaking about her support for Rainforest Alliance and the urgent fight for equal rights. The program will be hosted by actress, comedian and writer Ego Nwodim, who has been a cast member on Saturday Night Live since 2018. 

"We are excited to gather in New York to salute those who are making a difference and to amplify the vital non-profit organizations championed by this year's honorees," said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, CEO & Group Publisher, Variety. "We are also grateful to Lifetime for their enduring support and partnership of Variety's tentpole Power of Women event. We look forward to collaborating again to make this special franchise a successful gathering for all."

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"We continue to be inspired, educated and entertained by these incredible honorees and thrilled that our long-standing partnership with Variety spotlights women at the core of excellence in all they do," said Amy Winter, EVP, and Head of Programming, Lifetime & LMN. 

Exclusive, curated gift bags will be given to honorees and guests at the event with entertainment, beauty, health, and fashion products, from companies including OUAI, goop, Bombas and Davines.

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Celebrating over 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television(r), LMN(r), Lifetime Real Women(r) and Lifetime Digital(tm) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

About National Coalition Against Censorship
Since its inception in 1974, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) has been a first responder in protecting freedom of expression, a fundamental human right and a keystone of democracy. Representing 58 national education, publishing, and arts organizations, NCAC works with people fighting censorship at the local level. It encourages and facilitates dialogue between diverse voices and perspectives, including those historically silenced.

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About Lower Eastside Girls Club
Since 1996, The Lower Eastside Girls Club has supported young women and gender-expansive youth of color throughout New York City in leveraging their inner power to shape a better future for themselves, their community, and the world. Through free, year-round, innovative programming, we connect young people with their passions, celebrate their curiosity, and channel their creative energy. In 2022, we expanded our mission and service population with the Center for Wellbeing and Happiness, which provides free, holistic wellness services for all generations and genders on the Lower East Side. Together, we are building a just and equitable future filled with "Joy. Power. Possibility" and where we "Transform Self-Care into Community Care."

About Heart 9/11

HEART 9/11 is a team of first responders - FDNY, NYPD, PAPD and the NYC Building Trades - that bonded in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Together, we build resiliency and provide hope for individuals, families and communities that have been affected by natural and man-made disasters.

About Win
Win is the largest provider of family shelter and supportive housing in New York City, operating 14 family shelters and 9 supportive housing facilities across New York City as well as more than 100 supportive housing units in the Bronx and Brooklyn. In the past year, Win served nearly 9,200 homeless people – including more than 5,000 children – helping them to break the cycle of homelessness. Housing instability can stymie a child's healthy socio-emotional and cognitive development, with implications for mental health, behavioral health, and success in life. Through Camp Win, an immersive summer-long program, and other programming, Win works to provide a safe, engaging environment for children in shelter.

About Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working in 70 countries to mitigate climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve rural livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes. Our integrated approach involves landscape management, certification, supply chain services, and advocacy. Learn more at

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