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Actress Blake Lively arrives for Variety’s Power of Women luncheon in New York City  April 21, 2017. — Reuters picActress Blake Lively arrives for Variety’s Power of Women luncheon in New York City April 21, 2017. — Reuters picNEW YORK, April 22 — Hollywood actresses Blake Lively and Jessica Chastain were among the six women honoured yesterday for their philanthropic efforts with organisations helping women and children.

They joined singer-actress Audra McDonald, television personality Gayle King, Viacom media executive Shari Redstone and Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the board of the Clinton Foundation, at Variety’s Power of Women lunch recognising their charitable work.

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  • Actress Blake Lively arrives for Variety's Power of Women luncheon in New York City April 21, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Danielle Brooks arrives for Variety's Power of Women luncheon in New York City April 21, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Salma Hayek arrives for Variety’s Power of Women luncheon in New York City April 21, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Jessica Chastain arrives for Variety’s Power of Women luncheon in New York City April 21, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Shari Redstone arrives for Variety's Power of Women luncheon in New York City April 21, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Model Ashley Graham arrives for Variety's Power of Women luncheon in New York City April 21, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Chelsea Clinton arrives for Variety's Power of Women luncheon in New York City April 21, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Jennifer Konner (left) and Lena Dunham arrive together for Variety’s Power of Women luncheon in New York City April 21, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Jessica Chastain arrives for Variety’s Power of Women luncheon in New York City April 21, 2017. — Reuters pic

Chastain backs women’s healthcare organisation Planned Parenthood, which she credits for giving her “the career that I have today.”

“I’m the first person in my family ... not to have a baby when I was a teenager, first person to go to college and have a college education and to be able to have the choice in family planning,” she told Reuters.

Lively, who was recognised for her work with the Child Rescue Coalition to stop the spread of child pornography, said she felt “shy” about being at the star-studded luncheon.

“Just because of the company I’m in, and you never feel like you deserve to be there, you know?” she said. — Reuters

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