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Take The Lead Features An 'Intimate Conversation' with Celebrated Feminist Activist Gloria Steinem & Oscar Winner Julianne Moore

Women's Economic Recovery in the Age of Covid Topic Discussion / Live virtual event takes place on December 15th at 8 PM EST

    NEW YORK, NY, December 11, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Take The Lead (, a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to achieving gender and leadership equality, today announced that feminist icon Gloria Steinem and Academy Award winning actor Julianne Moore are the featured speakers in its exclusive virtual event, "Putting Women at the Heart of the Recovery: An Intimate Conversation." The one-hour, Zoom-based conversation will air live on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 starting at 8:00 PM EST. Register here for tickets and additional information: Guests will have the opportunity to send in their questions prior to the live event as well as during the discussion. The event hashtag is #LeadWithSteinemMoore.

Jyoti Sarda and Charreah K. Jackson, two of the nation's next generation of women activists, will moderate the discussion. A longtime proponent for gender and racial equality, Sarda most recently co-produced "And She Could Be Next," which was executive produced by AvaDuVernay. Jackson is the author of "Boss Bride" and a former senior editor with Essence. Jackson and Sarda are both alumnae of Take The Lead's "50 Women Can Change the World" program (

Why This Talk Is Critical
Studies predict that because women have left or been forced out of the workforce four times more than men because of Covid-19, advances they have made in the workforce will be set back 10 years.

"While there are many critical tasks related to Covid-19 to address in the coming months, we must ensure that women's needs are front and center during and after the pandemic," says GloriaFeldt, Take The Lead's co-founder. "This talk is one of the first steps that will examine and offer actionable recommendations that can ease the current crisis and lower the obstacles facing professional women. We can't overlook the critical fact that a full economic recovery must include the participation of women," she concludes.

The moderators concur. "We are at a crossroads," says Sarda. "Action must be taken immediately. Hundreds of thousands of women have already left the workplace due to the pandemic. We need to stem this tide, and look for ways to bring women back into the workforce and protect those who remain with fair and equitable options that will allow them to stay in their jobs."

"Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on Black Americans and all communities of color," says Jackson. "Black women are drivers of our economy and our government. And we have been most impacted by these times, alongside our historically marginalized sisters. It is our time to take a prominent seat at tables we help build. When we are served and protected, every other woman on the planet is elevated."

Proceeds from the event will enable Take The Lead to fund scholarships and provide programming such as its digital leadership course ( ... ine-course), Premier Coaching Services (, 50 Women Can Change the World program, and more. "Take The Lead's most important goal for 2021 is to continue to service and offer resources to shift the pandemic's negative impact on women of all backgrounds to positive change toward equity, fairness, and inclusion," says Feldt.

Women Connect4Good, Inc., founded by Take The Lead Board Chair Nancy Reilly, Psy.D, is a sponsor. The 501 (c)(3) foundation educates people to develop women-helping-women networks that raise the status of women globally.

Contact Dr. Joynicole Martinez at [email protected] for sponsorship inquiries.

About The Guest Speakers
Gloria Steinem is a founder of New York and Ms. Magazines, and the author of five books, all published in the United States, and in India, As if Women Matter. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer, and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She is the subject of director Julie Taymor's recent biopic, "The Glorias," released in Fall 2020.

Julianne Moore, ranked #11 on the New York Times' "25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century," the Academy and Emmy winning actor is also the first American woman to win acting awards at the Cannes, Berlin, and Venice film festivals. Moore is author of the children's book series "Freckleface Strawberry," a New York Times best seller. She is on the Advisory Council of The Children's Health Fund and a supporter of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. In 2015, Moore became founding chair of the Everytown for Gun Safety Creative Council, a creative community established to help amplify the movement to end gun violence in America. Julianne most recently starred in "Gloria Bell" (2019) and "After The Wedding" (2019). Her 2020 and 2021 projects include the films "The Woman in the Window" (2020), "The Glorias" (2020), "Mothertrucker" (2021), and the Apple series, "Lisey's Story" (2020).

About The Moderators
Charreah K. Jackson is a consultant, author of "Boss Bride" and journalist, including serving as a senior editor at Essence.

Jyoti Sarda is a producer of the award-winning two-part series, "And She Could Be Next," which follows a defiant woman of color led movement to transform politics from the ground up and recently aired on POV (PBS). She is also co-executive producer of "Equal Means Equal," an award-winning documentary feature that is an unflinching examination of the discrimination against women built into the US legal system. Until recently, Sarda was Vice President of Marketing at Paramount Home Media where she led all facets of global marketing operations for Paramount partner brands, while overseeing international acquisitions. Sarda serves on the boards of GlobalGirl Media, an organization that trains young women to become civically engaged through citizen journalism and LAANE, a leading LA-based social justice nonprofit.

About Take the Lead
Co-founded by Gloria Feldt, Take The Lead is a 501 (c)(3) that prepares, develops, inspires and propels women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. Feldt has been featured in many leading media outlets, including Bloomberg TV, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Ms. Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, Thrive Global and Forbes. Feldt is an in-demand speaker, with engagements at The Women in Cable Telecommunications Global Leadership Conference, The World Women Summit, 92Y Women in Power, and the Annual CUNY Leadership Conference, among others.

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