Ashley Judd

Chair, WMC Speech Project
Bio

Ashley Judd is a feminist social justice humanitarian.  She has been working internationally, with NGO’S, grass roots organizations, governments, and supranational bodies since 2004.  Presently, she serves as Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, is the Global Ambassador for Population Services International, and also for Polaris Project. Through UNFPA she has recently traveled to Jordan, Ukraine, Turkey and India. She serves on the Advisory Boards of International Center for Research on Women, Apne Aap Worldwide, and Demand Abolition. She is Chairperson of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project: Curbing Abuse, Expanding Freedom. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and in 2010, earned an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Her paper, Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice won the Dean’s Scholar Award at Harvard Law School. She frequently serves as an expert panelist at international conferences, is a sought after public speaker and is a widely published OpEd author, with a diverse and unique social media presence. Her book, All That Is Bitter & Sweet, detailing her visits to grassroots programs in 13 countries, was New York Times bestseller. Ashley is also an actor both on film and stage. She has been nominated for several Golden Globe and Emmy awards and she will next be seen starring in season two of Epix’s political thriller series Berlin Station. A native Kentuckian, Ashley currently resides in Tennessee.