Variety’s Women’s Impact Report Honors Best Picture and TV

VarietyThe Power of Women issue celebrates the importance of giving back, no matter what obstacles you face. And this year’s list of honorees does so with grace, dignity and courage.

Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Marvel’s most complicated superhero character, spent six years volunteering her hours at Stuart House, a program that helps children and teens who have been sexually abused. Malala Yousafzai, the education activist who remains the youngest Nobel laureate, is taking a parallel journey from nonprofit work to entertainment. With her new production company, Extracurricular, she also wants to highlight the Pillars Artist Fellowship, which supports Muslim directors and screenwriters.

Yousafzai’s story proves that the arts can be an important springboard for cultural change. It’s no surprise to Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, who made a drastic move in 2016. With their drama “Queen Sugar,” which DuVernay created for the Oprah Winfrey Network, they only hired female directors. Seven seasons later, they propelled the careers of 39 talented storytellers who had never done television before. We are delighted to share with you some of the stories of these directors. Two other TV news stories in this issue: Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, whose HiddenLight Productions is behind “Gutsy,” a docuseries that tells the stories of feminist icons. Mother and daughter share their own hard-won ideas on screen, and now in conversation with Variety.

We also salute the industry changemakers on our impact list, and invite you to follow Variety.com to see our coverage of our Power of Women dinner in Los Angeles as it unfolds on September 28, when these dynamic winners meet. to create change. —Ramin Setoodeh