Ashley Judd

Actress, lifelong activist, social justice humanitarian

Elon University Spring Convocation

Thursday, April 13, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
Alumni Gym

A star of box office hits and independent films including “Where the Heart Is,” “Simon Birch” and “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” Ashley Judd is one of the most vocal and influential figures of the #MeToo movement. Judd was named to TIME’s 2017 “Person of the Year” as one of the silence-breakers and change-makers who helped shift the culture and conversation around sexual abuse and harassment. Having experienced firsthand the connection between poverty, illness and gender inequality, Judd speaks on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. A feminist and social justice advocate, Judd has been working internationally with NGOs, grassroots organizations, governments and supranational bodies since 2004. She has traveled the world to do public health work on many fronts, including maternal health, child survival, human rights, family planning, STD and HIV prevention, and malaria prevention and treatment. Her book, “All That is Bitter and Sweet,” details her visits to grassroots programs in 13 countries and was a New York Times bestseller. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Judd earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2010. She currently serves as Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency; is the Global Ambassador for Population Services International; and is chairperson of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project: Curbing Abuse, Expanding Freedom.

Admission: $15 or Elon ID. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610 or visit