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“The Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss and best-selling author Margaret Atwood served as keynote speakers at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast series in Washington DC on Wednesday.
This is the second year the series has come to Washington DC to connect the most influential women across government, media, entertainment and policy.
Moss stars in the upcoming Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the best-selling novel by Atwood. Moss is an Emmy award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actress for her work on the hit AMC series “Mad Men.”
Atwood is a poet, novelist and activist, who writes and works within the framework of the feminist movement. Sales of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a dystopian tale written in 1985, have soared since the presidential election.
The breakfast was hosted by TheWrap’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman and livestreamed on TheWrap’s Facebook channel.
The event welcomed leading voices in the media and entertainment space, including a panel discussion on “Covering Trump: The Women on the Front Line” with Carrie Budoff Brown, the editor of Politico; Cecilia Vega, Senior White House Correspondent, ABC News; and Christina Wilkie, White House reporter for The Huffington Post. Recode Executive Editor Kara Swisher served as moderater.
A discussion of “Public Funding For The Arts: The New Priorities” featured Gabrielle Carteris, President, SAG-AFTRA; Robin Bronk, CEO of the Creative Coalition; and Romina Boccia, the Grover M. Hermann Research Fellow for budgetary affairs at the Heritage Foundation.
The Power Women Breakfast series brings together influential women of entertainment, media, technology and brands in key cities to network and connect. TheWrap has built a broad community of professional women, who are decision makers and mothers, leaders and wives, innovators and activists. The franchise is now in four cities Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
Previous speakers at TheWrap’s Power Women breakfast series have included Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, comedian Chelsea Handler, “Game of Thrones'” actress Emilia Clarke, activist-actress Selma Hayek, “Billions” star Malin Akerman, producer and entrepreneur Gail Berman, California Senator Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd, media executive Nancy Tellem, digital executive Susan Lyne, technology journalist Kara Swisher, and many others.
The event is sponsored Hulu, Discovery, SAG-AFTRA and Creative Future.