On International Women’s Day, Variety has announced Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood will be honoured at the fifth annual Power Of Women event in New York for her humanitarian efforts.
Joining Atwood as honourees, Tina Fey, Emily Blunt, Alicia Keys and activist Tarana Burke. Tied to the annual New York Women’s Impact Report, which profiles the most impactful women of the year working in entertainment and media, the April 13 luncheon celebration allows the honourees a platform to support their favourite charities.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” author Atwood will discuss the Canadian Women’s Foundation which funds programs for women and girls in 1,500 communities across Canada. Fey will speak about the largest non-profit literacy fund in the U.S., Reading Is Fundamental and Blunt will endorse The Malala Fund, the organization founded by Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to send girls to school. Keys will champion her Keep A Child Alive foundation which she co-founded in 2003 to help families impacted by HIV. #MeToo activist Burke, who is credited with coining the phrase “Me Too” in relation to sexual assault more than a decade ago, will discuss the current movement.
“At this extraordinary moment in time, when women are speaking up and finally being heard on significant issues, we are honoured to celebrate these amazing individuals for their professional and charitable contributions to the culture,” says Claudia Eller, co-editor-in-chief of Variety.
Each woman will also feature on an upcoming cover of Variety.
Past honourees include Jessica Chastain, Iman, Blake Lively, Chelsea Clinton, Claire Danes and Gayle King, among others.