Thursday night , miscellaneous Lifetime’s “Power of Women: The Changemakers” highlights 11 women who previously inspired the Power of Women program honoring Halle Berry (Genesee Center), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (UNICEF), Misty Copeland (Misty Copeland Foundation), Laverne Cox (New York City) Jay) and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project), Idina Menzel (A BroaderWay), Julianne Moore (Everytown for Gun Safety) and Katy Perry (Fireworks Foundation).
Change-makers featured in this year’s special include Karen Earl of the Genesee Center, Victoria Janab and Julia Hodes for UNICEF, Bianca Johnson of the Misty Copeland Foundation, Shay Hoffman of the Anti-Gay and Lesbian Violence Project in New York City, Turia Bird and Iodily Cassel BroaderWay, Shannon Watts and Melody McFadden. for Everytown for Gun Safety, and Angela Lerch and Brooklyn Molden for the Fireworks Foundation.
In Poland, Chopra Jonas met CEO and founder of Unbreakable Ukraine Gnap and Hods of UNICEF, both of whom lead learning centers for Ukrainian children – particularly Ukrainian refugees – where they can learn and interact with their peers.
“Yulia, Victoria, the women on the front lines here in Poland – they are so strong, so tough. They’ve been through a lot emotionally and physically, but at the same time, they’re so nurturing,” Chopra Jonas said. A woman’s strength goes beyond mere survival.”
For Everytown for Gun Safety, Moore Watts and McFadden of Moms honor Demand Action, an organization that initially started as a Facebook group after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
“Gun violence is now the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in America,” explained Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “More than 70 women are shot and killed by a current or former intimate partner every month, and gun violence disproportionately affects blacks and browns in this country.”
Cox Hoffman, a high school social worker and volunteer with the Gay and Lesbian Violence Project in New York City, introduced.
“Shay went to the anti-violence project as a survivor of intimate partner violence, and emerged as a stronger, more healing and an advocate,” Cox said. “It’s a blueprint for how we all deal with our pain and turn it into strength and service to others.”
For her foundation, A BroaderWay, Menzel introduced Executive Director Beard and Casel, co-director of graduate programs.
“I think confidence is one of the greatest effects of this program,” Cassell said, via a broader view. “They really understand what it means to be self-advocating, and what it means to stand in the center of your strength.”
Copeland, principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, introduced Johnson, a choreographer and instructional artist for the Be Bold Dance Program under the Copeland Foundation.
“We don’t want anyone to say, anymore, that I was the only one — that I was the only black person in my class, that I was the only Asian person in my class,” Johnson said. “There is already a huge community, and we are going to show you who these people are and let these people inspire you.”
In addition to honoring her sister, Lerche, Berry also introduced the Camp Firework leader in training and a Molden camper.
“camp [Firework] Help me express my feelings through words, and I feel like this is really hard, but it’s a skill that I’ve really mastered,” Muldden explained. “So it makes me really excited to apply it in real life.”
Perry, who has worked with the Jenesse Center for more than 20 years, honored his old friend Earl, the executive director of the Domestic Violence Support Program.
“We had to decide that we were going to embrace the word ‘yes,’ and whatever the women and children needed, we were going to share it with,” Earl said.
diverse And Lifetime’s “Power of Women: The Changemakers” special was previously broadcast miscellaneous Woman Power: Los Angeles event on September 28th.