Meet the 40 for 40

We asked 40 extraordinary women to join us in celebrating the 40th annual Margaret Mead Film Festival. These leaders signed on to help us highlight Margaret Mead's legacy of boldness, humanity and innovation.

Leslie Aiello, President, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Gulnahar Alam, Community Health Worker, Section for Health Equity

Laurie Anderson, Storyteller, Artist, Musician

Alice Apley, Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources

Karole Armitage, Choreographer, Artistic Director

Mary C. Bateson, Clarence J. Robinson Professor in Anthropology, George Mason University; Daughter of Margaret Mead

Ruth Behar, Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan 

Mahen Bonetti, Executive Director, African Film Festival, Inc.

Nai-Ni Chen, Artistic Director, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

MJ Choi, Founder, I LOVE DANCE 

Jisgang, Nika Collison, Curator, Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay

Vishakha N. Desai, Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President, Columbia University; President Emerita, Asia Society

Sylvia Earle, Explorer in Residence, National Geographic; Founder, Mission Blue

Wendy Ettinger, Co-Founder, Chicken & Egg Pictures

Ellen V. Futter, President, American Museum of Natural History

Jeanne Gang, Founding Principal, Studio Gang

Faye Ginsburg, David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology; Director, Center for Media, Culture and History

Jessica Hagedorn, Writer

Judith Helfand, Filmmaker; Co-Founder, Chicken & Egg Pictures

Linda Hazel Humes, Educator, Storyteller, Consultant 

Nina G. Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University

Sevanne Margaret Kassarjian, Principal, Performance of a Lifetime; Granddaughter of Margaret Mead

Laurel Kendall, Chair, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History; Curator, Asian Ethnographic Collections, American Museum of Natural History

Angélique Kidjo, Grammy-award winning Singer, Songwriter; Activist

Youn Jung Kim, Filmmaker, Theatre Artist

Mimi Lien, Set Designer

Andrea Louie, Executive Director, Asian American Arts Alliance

Anne A. Makepeace, Director, Producer, Writer

Frances McDormand, Actor, Producer

Jennifer Elizabeth Newell, Assistant Curator of Pacific Ethnography, Anthropology Division, AMNH

Carolyn Porco, Planetary Scientist

Ariun Sanjaajamts, Founder, Mongolia Connections

Nina Simon, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History; Author

Anna Deavere Smith, Actress, Playwright, Professor

Grace Song, Professional Dancer, Choreographer 

Flo Stone, Founder, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Wendy A. Suzuki, Professor of Neural Science and Psychology, New York University 

Pegi Vail, Anthropologist, Filmmaker

Nargis Ali Virani, Professor of Women's Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of British Columbia, Washington University, and The New School

Lynette Wallworth, Artist, Filmmaker

Alisse Waterston, Anthropologist, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Carrie Mae Weems, Artist

Maria Yoon, Performer, Artist, Filmmaker

Grace Young, Author