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Variety Picks 5 Moms for 'Power of Women' Issue

Variety has chosen five women for its annual "Power of Women" issue, and not only are these ladies big in the entertainment world, they're also powerful women at home.

The women—actresses Viola Davis, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lopez and Reese Witherspoon, and Universal Pictures chief Donna Langley—each earned her own cover for the entertainment-business publication. And in addition to the many awards (or "kudos," as the magazine would say in its trademark "slanguage") these women have received, they're also being recognized for giving back.

And for some of these women, their philanthropic efforts were inspired by, well, motherhood.

In 2008, after a health scare, according to Variety, Jennifer Lopez and her sister Lynda launched the Lopez Family Foundation, which works to improve health care for women and children.

"Very early after my twins were born, my daughter (Emme) developed this bump on the back of her head," Lopez tells the publication. "So I rushed to the hospital, and it was the middle of the night and the doctor met me there. And I had all these privileges, which wasn't lost on me."

For Witherspoon, it was her 15-year-old daughter, Ava, who told her about 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who advocated for the right to an education and was subsequently shot by members of the Taliban. Moved by her story, Witherspoon has decided to support the Malala Fund, which works to provide an education to women and girls of all backgrounds.

Fonda's foundation, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, spotlights youth and works to prevent teen pregnancy in the southern U.S. state.

"Hope is the best contraceptive," Fonda tells Variety.

For Davis, giving back involves children, too. She has partnered with the Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation for the Hunger Is initiative, which aims to end childhood hunger.

"I didn't know that one in every five children lives in a household that has food issues and doesn't know where their next meal is coming from," she tells the publication.

Langley, who herself is a leading female executive in Hollywood, is working to empower women all over the world through Vital Voices, a nonprofit that gives women the resources and support they need to be leaders.

"I gained such a fundamental connectivity," she tells Variety of her experience helping women abroad. "The world is not such a large place and we have more in common with one another than we might think."

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