Viola Davis is finally getting the well-deserved recognition this fall. The 30-year veteran graces the cover of Variety magazine alongside Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Jane Fonda and Donna Langley. All women are being honored for “using their clout to bring attention to worthy causes.”
Davis, whose hit series “How to Get Away With Murder” debuted No.1, partnered with Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to present the “Hunger Is” initiative. Davis along with those involved with “Hunger Is” will “do whatever it takes to assure that no child in America will ever again have to say, ‘Hunger Is Me.’”
When explaining why she launched the initiative, Davis said, “You just never know when a blessing is going to come. And speaking for those 15 minutes (when she launched the initiative) kind of opened my eyes and made me just remember a part of my childhood. There was something really cathartic about being there.”
Lopez, along with her journalist sister Lynda, hopes to improve healthcare through their Lopez Family Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to “focus its attention on and adopt strategies that will achieve maximum impact in the following two areas related to women and children’s well-being: telemedicine and raising healthy children.”
Most recently, the Lopez sisters have expanded their good deeds to facilities in Panama and Puerto Rico, with Samsung and Best Buy providing additional sponsorship. In addition, the Bronx natives created the Center for a Healthy Childhood at the Montefiore Medical Center in their native borough.
Read more about all the women and their great work here. Click through our gallery to check out all the covers!
Photo Credits: Williams+Hirakawa for Variety