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Tomi-Ann Roberts Panelist at Women in the World Summit

Event Features Powerhouse of Diverse Participants

Roberts, far right, on a panel discussing the documentary "All that Stands in the Way." The teens posed questions to the “elders,” which in addition to Roberts, include Tina Brown, center, and Kah Wallah, presidential candidate from Cameroon, far left.

Colorado College Psychology Professor Tomi-Ann Roberts is participating as a delegate and panelist at Tina Brown's Women in the World Summit, April 3-5 at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Roberts, co-author of the book “The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood: Causes, Consequences and Resistance,” is on a panel titled "What are We Telling Our Daughters?" with actress Rashida Jones.

Jones ignited a digital firestorm when she wrote a column decrying the hyper-sexualized culture that adolescent girls in America can’t escape—even if they want to. The panel, which also includes five teenage girls from Jordan, Lesotho, Iceland, the United Kingdom, and the U.S, will be moderated by Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

The annual event, now in its fifth year, features an array of powerhouse activists and change-makers. Launched by Tina Brown, the award-winning journalist, editor, author and currently founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media, the summit convenes extraordinary leaders such as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women; Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund; actresses Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep; journalists Thomas Friedman, Lesley Stahl, Katie Couric, Charlie Rose, Kathleen Parker,Soledad O’Brien, and Martha Raddatz; filmmaker Ken Burns, who will preview his new documentary on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt; former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, founder of the Carter Center; Barbara Bush, CEO and cofounder of Global Health Corps; and two rising politicians from Cameroon and Argentina, who will discuss their high-profile battles against political corruption and the enormous personal risks they accept.

“I'm so honored to be a part of this remarkable summit,” Roberts said. “What a privilege to share the stage in a collaboration with my heroes for girls' and women's empowerment globally. I'm thrilled with the opportunity to leverage my research on the sexualization of girls in what feels like a groundswell of real change for gender equality." 

Roberts’s areas of research interest include the social psychology of emotion, gender, and the body; psychological consequences of the sexual objectification of women and girls; and issues of embodiment and reproductive health.