“What a week for women it has been! Whore !”

That’s how Sarah Silverman kicked off her remarks at Variety’s Power of Women event in New York on Thursday, and several of the other presenters and honorees also addressed the news of the Supreme Court’s proposed decision to overturn Roe. v. Wade.

Silverman introduced her friend (and “Million Ways to Die in the West” co-star) Amanda Seyfried, who also addressed the situation with passion.

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“The safety and security of women, as we have just pointed out, is all too often negotiable. And that’s non-negotiable for me,” said “The Dropout” star. “There is no better time, not just to celebrate the power of us women, but to use it. In these very desperate times when theocrats are working diligently to eradicate our most basic right, we must to be the irresistible force that creates and sustains community and makes the future better than the present.

Seyfried, like all winners, chose a charity close to his heart to highlight the awards: the International Network for Aid, Relief and Assistance (INARA), a non-profit organization that provides refugee children medical care and mental health support.

She shared the story of a Syrian girl whose bones were broken when she and her mother fled during an attack in their neighborhood. INARA provided the emergency care necessary for his recovery.

Earlier on the red carpet, Seyfried opened up about the special bond she has with her own children — and how being a strong example for them makes her feel powerful.


Queen Latifah reflects on this “very strange time”.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Variety

“When my children sleep on me – it often happens – I [think], “It’s the only place I want to be,” she said. “And then I can also leave and work, and they see a happy working mother. It really is the most powerful thing because I feel like I can do anything. I have the freedom and the ability to do what I love, and then I always come back to them. That’s all I ever wanted.

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Roe v. Wade was also a hot topic during red carpet interviews. Winner Camilla Cabello told Variety the draft decision was “excruciating.” “Obviously this will affect poor women the most, because women who have resources – even like me – will be able to manage things if they are needed. The idea that a moment transforms the course of a woman’s life a woman is tragic. And it is tragic [that] the people concerned have no say.

Back on stage, winner Queen Latifah reflected on this “very strange time”.

“There is a group of people trying to steal our power. Our power to decide what we want, for our bodies, for our families, for our future,” she said.

Variety’s Power of Women event was presented by Lifetime. Google was also a sponsor.

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