Lena taking us to church.



The "Hollywood Power Bitches" Breakfast You Missed At Milk Studios LA

On Wednesday morning, December 10th, Hollywood’s baddest bitches came together to eat waffles and lox, and talk about their cool. Milk Studios LA hosted The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 at Women in Entertainment breakfast, which featured Lena Dunham, Nanci Ryder, and Melinda Gates. Getting up early enough to actually have breakfast is an accomplishment for any LA dweller, but considering the fact that the women on this list have fought disease, broken barriers, and fought for diversity, we’re sure that it was comparatively nbd.  Barbra Streisand even took it upon herself to descend from the heavens for one shining moment to be honored with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. Everyone was subsequently blinded by sheer intensity and beauty of her Streisand-ness.

Dunham kicked off the event with a speech highlighting the achievements of the women before her–including Kris Jenner, whom she was totally psyched to have been seated next to.“My fantasy has always been a room full of Hollywood power bitches enjoying breakfast food,” she said.  She also gave a shout out to Shonda Rhymes and the full, boundless worlds that she creates, as well as Nora Ephron, who pointed out that one of the things she would not be missing when she died would be attending panels on women in film. She wondered how her mentor would feel now that the conversation had been so broadened in the last few years, and noted that there was still much work to be done in terms of representation and diversity.  “I am advocating for all of us here to make it our mission to use our resources and turn this around as a team,” she said. “To consider women, people of color, LGBTQ people, not just tell their stories but also tap them for jobs that we have historically accepted as being done by white dudes in polar fleeces.”

Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand

Nanci Ryder and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, also took to the stage. Unfortunately, Katzenberg had to speak for Ryder, whose battles with ALS has cost her her ability to speak. She begged that creators to keep diversity in mind when hiring for their projects, pointing out that simply hiring more women was miles easier than curing her disease and that. “It’s not rocket science.” Meghan Trainor was also in attendance, and presented $200,000 scholarships to 18 lucky girls. Melinda Gates was honored for her amazing commitment to charity.

So, here’s a little inspiration to help get you through your day. Good timing too: Now’s that time of the year when morale gets low, and everything gets buried under two feet of snow and regrets. But when things are at their roughest, just remember that Melinda Gates is out there doing her thing and doing it right.

Images via the Hollywood Reporter.

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