Lena Dunham Calls on "Power Bitches" to Hire More Women

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When it comes to changing the game in Hollywood, Lena Dunham wants women in the industry to know the progress they want to see in the industry starts with their own actions

The Girls star and creator kicked off the empowering Hollywood Reporter's 2015 Women in Entertainment breakfast Wednesday in West Hollywood, Calif. with that exact sentiment, encouraging the powerful women in the room to hire more women.

After talking a bit about how her late friend and mentor, writer-director Nora Ephron, would feel about the new convos about gender bias in the industry, Lena called on the execs, producers, etc. present to continue to tell their stories of gender bias and also hire "women, people of color and LGBTQ people" for jobs that "white dudes in polar fleeces" have generally taken up.

"I am not advocating for a world where women erase men from the workplace, as pleasurable as that might be for me on certain days," she continued. "I am advocating for all of us here to make it our mission to use our resources and turn this around as a team ... It's the right thing to do and it's the only thing to do."

While she was giving her empowering speech, Lena couldn't help but acknowledge just how epic it was to be in a room filled some of the biggest female movers and shakers in the industry. "Some girls who grew up in the '90s dreamt of a luxury cruise with N'Sync, but my fantasy has always been a room full of Hollywood power b*tches enjoying breakfast foods," she said.
The Hollywood Reporter Hosts the 24th Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast - Inside"I want to thank all of you for brilliantly and stylishly cleaning up the mess that Hollywood has made of equality and diversity," she added. "After all, isn't that historically what women have been asked to do to, clean up messes that don't belong to them?"

Lena wasn't the only star who took the stage and shared messages of inspiration and empowerment. Power publicist Nanci Ryder, who has lost the ability to speak, swallow and eat due to bulbar onset ALS, brought nearly everyone to tears as her longtime friend and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, read a letter from her.
The Hollywood Reporter Hosts the 24th Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast - Inside"I helped grow a company when few women were doing so," her letter stated. "I hired and mentored many of you even in this room. I care enormously about my friends who are trying to change this town's conversation around gender. It's the same conversation we've been having since I first started out. And you know what? It's boring because it never changes. Trust me, you don't want to bore me." She encouraged everyone in the room to "do something" rather than just talk. "You're all powerful," the letter continued. "This is not rocket science. It's not brain surgery."
The Hollywood Reporter Hosts the 24th Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast - InsideMelinda Gates also took the stage, as well as Barbra Streisand to continue to motivate the women in the room to do just that. "Remember: the more we support each other, the stronger we become," Barbra said during her speech.

We're right there with you ladies.

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