Variety celebrates the powerful female forces in entertainment and honors five women for their commitment to charity: Laverne Cox, Miley Cyrus, Ava DuVernay, Scarlett Johansson and Helen Mirren. Also recognized for their contributions to women are Spanx founder Sara Blakely and Universal Music Group’s Lucian Grainge.

Power of Women Luncheon: ‘This Is a Defining Moment’

“We’re here to celebrate women and their p—ies!” That’s how Rachel Bloom, host of Variety‘s 2016 Power of Women L.A. luncheon, presented by Lifetime, kicked off the star-studded event, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Friday.

The Power of Charity

Miley Cyrus on Happy Hippy Foundation

LAverne Cox on the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

From the Magazine

Scarlett Johansson on Planned Parenthood

Helen Mirren on the Stuttering Assn. for the Young

Ava Duvernay on 1000 Black Girl Books

Power of Women Event

Miley Cyrus

"The Voice" coach and founder of The Happy Hippie Foundation was outspoken about her distaste for Donald Trump, but kept things positive at the podium. “I just want to say to anyone who has ever felt like they’re different or they don’t fit in, I want you to take that victory and feel like you’re not alone,” Cyrus said. “I’m wishing for peace and love on our planet because hate and war has gone on way too long.”

Scarlett Johansson

The "Avengers" star was honored for her expansive work with Planned Parenthood, and her award was presented by none other than Robert Downey Jr. During her acceptance speech, Johansson said, “A women’s right to choose what to do with her body shouldn’t just be a women’s rights issue — it’s the year 2016 and this is a human rights issue....It is time we all stand united so this conversation is taken off the ballot, so to speak, and out of the mouths of politicians."

Laverne Cox

The "Rocky Horror" star marked the first trans woman to be an honoree at Variety's Power of Women. “I am so completely overwhelmed to be here alongside such a group of incredible women," she said. "It is a big deal that I am here. It is a big deal when a transgender woman is included in women spaces."

Helen Mirren

"This is a defining moment,” Mirren said, speaking at Power of Women about the upcoming election. “I feel there is an earthquake and there is a real, real possibility for change [that] will have an incredible impact all over the world. It’s time for the best role model in the White House.”

Ava DuVernay

The "Selma" director, who was honored for her work with #1000BlackGirlBooks, was presented by her team of five reps -- all powerful women. “What we put on screen is widely, monumentally important. But the way we go about our work is also important,” said DuVernay. “For me, that includes representation and our representatives who speak for us in the industry. Those women have a struggle in a male-dominated industry."

Sara Blakely

Blakely was the recepient of Variety’s innovation and leadership award this year. The Spanx founder quipped, "I accept this award for women who continue to innovate -- may they make the world a better place one butt at a time!"

Georgina Chapman

The Marchesa co-founder was this year's recepient of the Moroccan Oil inspiration to action award. Chapman was honored at our annual event for her work with Magic Bus USA.

Lucian Grainge

The Universal Music Group boss was honored with Variety's Empowerment Award for his support of high-powered woman in the workplace. “If you think about the math, it’s quite simple, in a world where half the people are women,” he cracked about his female executives.

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