This year we came face to face with some of the biggest issues of our time: voting rights, abortion access, climate justice, and the fight for freedom in Iran. The Meteor was honored to gather with the most influential voices on these subjects—people across generations  who have worked to pave the way for a brighter feminist future. 

Meet the Moment—held November 12 at the Brooklyn Museum—was a day of powerful dialogue with Tarana Burke, Kaia Naadira, Anthony Rapp, Azadeh Moaveni, Chanel Miller, Jodi Kantor & Meghan Twohey, Maysoon Zayid, along with music, art, comedy and much more. Check out our full list of speakers and enjoy some of their conversations below.

Tarana Burke opened the door for thousands of survivors to share their stories. Our panel discusses what it was like to walk through it.

What's life really like after the fall of Roe v. Wade? These patients and doctors offer just a glimpse of what life could be like for abortion seekers.

“We're already living in a climate crisis,” says Jamie Margolin. But that doesn't mean we've lost hope.

Now that the midterms are over, what’s our political future? Our intergenerational panel—including the first Gen Z person elected to Congress—reflects.

Reproductive freedom
Voting rights
Gender justice
Music and art
Technology and Science
Our mental health
Our planet
Ariana Afshar
“The Progressive Brat”, Political Content Creator
Susie Banikarim
Journalist & COO, The Meteor
Tarana Burke
Founder of "Me Too." Movement
Treasure Brooks
Founding Member, The Meteor
Rebecca Carroll
Cultural Critic and Editor at Large, The Meteor
Mona Chalabi
Data Journalist & Writer
Dr. Anastasia Christianson
Head of Artificial Intelligence at Pfizer
America Ferrera
Maxwell Frost
Congressman-Elect & Community Organizer
Andrea Hailey
CEO of
Jordan Harrod
PhD Candidate, Science Communicator
Jodi Kantor
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and best-selling co-author
Ellen Ladau
Disability Rights Activist
Emily Ladau
Author and Disability Rights Activist
Cindi Leive
Co-Founder, The Meteor
Jamie Margolin
Colombian American writer, activist and Co-Executive director of Zero Hour
Shaniqua McClendon
Vice President of Politics of Crooked Media
Chanel Miller
Writer and Artist
Azadeh Moaveni
Iranian-American writer and academic, Associate Professor of Journalism at NYU
Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Editorial Director, The Meteor
Kaia Naadira
Writer, Filmmaker
Obstetricians for Reproductive Justice
Abortion Advocates
Lindsay Peoples
Editor in Chief, The Cut
Paulina Porizkova
Model and Author of A Model Summer and No Filter
Anthony Rapp
Author, Activist, and Actor, (Star Trek: Discovery and the original cast of Rent)
Cecile Richards
Co-founder of Supermajority
Neda Semnani
Journalist and Author
Mehr Sher
Environment Reporter, Bangor Daily News & Report for America Corps Member
Amber Tamblyn
Author and Activist
Megan Twohey
Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter and best-selling co-author
Dr. Salamishah Tillet
Pulitzer-Prize winning cultural critic, scholar and activist
Jenna Wortham
Co-host, “Still Processing,” co-editor, Black Futures, and community-care worker
Thanushka (Thanu) Yakupitiyage
U.S. Communications Director and interim U.S. Team Lead at
Amanda & Joshua Zurawski
Healthcare and Reproductive Rights Advocates
Monday Blue (Tracy Adams)
DJ and Cultural Syncretist
Marika Hughes and Charlie Burnham
Strings Duo
Joyelle Nicole Johnson
Critics Choice Nominee, Comedian and Actress
Angélique Kidjo
4-time GRAMMY winner, singer songwriter
Adi Oasis
Singer, Bass Player, Songwriter and Producer
Maysoon Zayid
CEO of Cancan Productions

United State of Women aims to create a world in which women and all people of marginalized genders can thrive. Through education, community, and action, USOW amplifies issues at the intersection of gender and racial justice and galvanizes organizations, public figures, elected officials, and everyday feminists of all genders to drive policy and culture change. USOW is an initiative of Civic Nation, a nonprofit ecosystem for high-impact organizing and education initiatives working to build a more inclusive and equitable America.

The Athena Center for Leadership at Barnard College

The Athena Center for Leadership is a hub for changemakers at Barnard College, itself a center for leadership for over 130 years. Here, leadership is a practice, grounded in abundance and developed and sustained in community. We bring aspiring, emerging, and experienced changemakers together to practice leading change through entrepreneurship, advocacy, policy and government, technology, research and scholarship, film, and more.


FEMINIST is a women-led social-first digital media platform and collective that exists to actualize the intersectional feminist movement through the amplification of a diverse network of change-makers and creators. With a global audience of over 6.5M+, it is the largest social platform serving the multifaceted lives of women, girls and gender expansive people.

Civic Responsibility Project

Civic Responsibility Project is the coordinating hub for 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofits working to create a vibrant civic culture in the United States. The project aims to make civic participation a celebrated and accessible part of everyday American life by working with brands and influencers to unlock potential to engage employees, consumers, and followers in our democratic process. Civic Responsibility Project supports a diverse network of nonprofits with grants, strategic advising, and operational support. The 2022 cohort includes Power the Polls, Civic Alliance, Election Hero Day, I am a voter., Influence Change, National Voter Registration Day, and more.


How can we ensure that the world we’re creating with machine learning is fair? And that all of us—especially the traditionally underrepresented—are able to help shape it? Those were the questions on the table when The Meteor co-founder Cindi Leive sat down with Dr. Anastasia Christianson and Jordan Harrod.

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