Frmr. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) Megan Beyer Julie Gunlock
Shelby Knox Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Eleanor  Smeal
Rebecca  Traister Lizz  Winstead Jill Stein
Joy-Anne Reid Carrie Lukas Patrice Onwuka
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) Bay Buchanan Marjorie Clifton
Madeline  Albright Marcia Fudge Gloria Steinem
Valerie  Jarrett Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Christy Turlington
Hadley Heath Rina  Shah Francesca  Chambers

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Ritu Sharma


In 1998, Ritu Sharma co-founded Women Thrive Worldwide with Elise Fiber Smith. Under Ritu’s leadership, Women Thrive Worldwide has put the concerns of the poorest women and girls at the center of all U.S. international assistance. An adept coalition builder, political strategist, communicator and motivational speaker, Ritu is a leading voice on international women’s issues and U.S. foreign policy.

Ritu is the author of Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe and An Introduction to Advocacy: A Training Guide , which has been translated into six languages and is a primary reference for advocates around the globe.

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Bonnie Erbé is a nonpartisan, award-winning American journalist and television host based in the Washington, D.C. area who has ...

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