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Speakers at The 19th*'s virtual summit include Kamala Harris, Meryl Streep, Meghan Markle, Zoe Saldaña, Hillary Clinton and Sunny Hostin.

A stellar line-up of trailblazing women from all corners of modern life take the virtual stage Monday at The 19th* Represents, the new Austin-based newsroom's inaugural weeklong virtual summit on the women and ideas shaping today's American experience.

The week will include performances by Academy Award actors Meryl Streep and Zoe Saldaña; The Go-Gos; Madame Gandhi; women composers of the New York Philharmonic; and Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, poet, scholar and president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Keynote speakers and panelists will include The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle; Hillary Clinton; U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris; Melinda Gates; U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; voting rights activist Stacey Abrams; Alicia Garza, co-creator of the Black Lives Matter Global Network; and former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

The 19th*—a national gender and politics nonprofit organization that officially launched last week to bring news affecting women and the ideas they represent to the mainstream—is hosting the summit this week to commemorate the anniversary of suffrage. The asterisk in the organization's name acknowledges that the job of the 19th Amendment, which legalized the woman's vote, is not over.

Themes for the rest of the week's event include messages from trailblazing women, suffrage, the next female president, race and gender, and what's at stake in the fight for gender equity.

Today's event, "Breaking Ground," starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m., with guests who paved the way for other women, speaking virtually with moderators from The 19th*.

Kicking off the first day is U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, who made history by becoming the first woman from Nevada and the first Latina elected to the U. S. Senate. The second keynote speaker is U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who was among the first handful of Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The first day includes a performance from The Go-Go's, and a panel discussion, "The Firsts: Women in politics who blazed their own trail." The panel includes former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Virginia Del. Danica Roem, U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.



Register and view the full-week's schedule here.

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