Women Leaders

Women to watch: Experts changing the face of feminism

Lilly Ledbetter

The inspiration behind the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  A bestselling author and activist, Ledbetter fights for pay equity and ignites change.

Jessica Valenti

Valenti is one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world. Bestselling author and co-founder of award-winning blog, Feministing.com, she speaks on feminism, politics and defying gender norms. A leading voice in the #MeToo movement.

Christine McKinley

STEM activist, mechanical engineer, musician, host of Discovery Channel’s Decoded, and author of Physics For Rock Stars. Her musical Gracie and the Atom won a Portland Drammy for Original Score.

Shola Lynch

Award-winning filmmaker, scholar, and film curator of documentaries: Free Angela & All Political Prisoners and Chisolm ’72-Unbought and Unbossed

Angela Shelton

Be Your Own Hero!  Angela Shelton shares heartwarming and hilarious real-life stories about moving from a life of child sexual abuse, rape and domestic violence hardships to activist, artist, performer, writer, and award-winning filmmaker.

Kathleen Hanna

Unwavering feminist, American musician and pioneer of the Riot Grrrl movement

Nikki Giovanni

World-renowned poet, activist, writer and educator. Over the past thirty years, Nikki Giovanni, one of the foremost black poet activists, has brought the eyes of the world upon her.

Emily Hunter

An environmental activist, Hunter’s documentary series Activism 2.0 shows the new wave of environmentalism of grassroots movements.

Lorene Cary

Powerful storyteller, educator, and social activist delivering autobiographical, historical, and fictional stories about issues surrounding race and class.

Jianying Zha

Born in Beijing, educated in the West, journalist and author Jianying Zha brings unique insight into the rapid changes and movement in Chinese culture, politics, and economics.

Edith Widder

Biologist, adventurer, deep sea explorer, innovator & inventor, who — through her organization ORCA — is changing the nature of aquatic conservation.