PaleyImpact: Female Empowerment in the Age of The Handmaid's Tale

This program is made possible by generous support from John H. Josephson and Carolina F. Zapf. The cast and creatives of Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" gather on April 13, 2021, for PaleyImpact: Female Empowerment in the Age of The Handmaid's Tale, moderated by Paola Ramos, to address how the show's new storylines will explore the current conversations about women's rights and the need to amplify women's voices. Maureen Reidy, Paley Center President and CEO, offers opening comments. Panel topics include: how Moss prepared for June's metamorphosis from one of Gilead's oppressed into a rebel leader in season four; if Dowd can easily detach herself from playing the villainous Lydia when the cameras stop rolling; how America's real-life political climate has impacted the writers' depiction of Gilead's dystopia; subsequent projects undertaken by cast members which reflect their embrace of gender equality; how the show's fictional women warriors reflect the battle of real-life warriors like Stacey Abrams; and the significance of continuing conversations around the show's look at the fight for female empowerment.

Participants: Elisabeth Moss, "June Osborne"/"Offred" and Executive Producer; Joseph Fiennes, "Fred Waterford"; Yvonne Strahovski, "Serena Joy Waterford"; Ann Dowd, "Aunt Lydia"; Bruce Miller, Showrunner and Executive Producer; Warren Littlefield, Executive Producer.

Moderator: Paola Ramos, Host and Correspondent, VICE News.

Host: Maureen Reidy, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media.