Ashley Judd on her new memoir, activism, and work with PSI (video)

Apr 11, 2011

Actress and author Ashley Judd was online taking your questions on her new memoir "All That is Bitter & Sweet."

Why did you decide to get involved with the global health organization PSI?

Hi, great question.  I was blown away how PSI uses local markets to work for people.  If even in the poorest country riddled with problems of poor governance and lack of infrastructure, you can find a fizzy drink anywhere, why not use that same distribution network to make long lastin insceticide 

You are so strong. How would you encourage other women that are not as bold to be activists in the world around us. How can we make a difference?

You seem able to take a negative and turn it around into a positive. That is a good trait. Are you aware of this, and what is your philosophy on overcoming adversity?

What is the most fulfilling thing about your work with PSI?

What motivated your interest in continuing education? Do you emphasize education in your activist work?

Thank you for exposing the depths of sexual violence against women. How do we get the discussion from the personal about you to the much broader issue of the overall sexualization of the culture which leads to this behavior?

Do you think it is rquired of all of us to be "activists" to be considered good and moral people or is any level of involvement sufficient?

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Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd is an actor, advocate, and activist. She recently graduated from Harvard Kennedy School and continues to appear in films. She serves on the board of directors of Population Services International, Defenders of Wildlife, Shaker Village of Mt. Pleasant, and the leadership councils of International Center for Research on Women and Apne Aap Worldwide. She has addressed the United Nations, the Senate Foreign Relations committee, and the National Press Club, has served as an expert for the Clinton Global Initiative and the International AIDS conference, and her op-eds have been published in major newspapers. She and her husband, racecar driver Dario Franchitti, live in Tennessee and Scotland with their many beloved animals.
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