Another prominent woman has pulled out of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington as a protest against the inclusion of former Trump homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
The Huffington Post reports that singer Brandi Carlile is the latest to pull out from the event, a gathering of prominent women across industries that takes place today through Wednesday.
The exit of Carlile, a multiple Grammy winner who was the most nominated female artist at this year’s Grammys with six nods, follows similar exits by filmmaker dream hampton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Before resigning in April, Nielsen executed and oversaw Trump’s policy of separating migrant families, including children, coming into the United States,” The Huffington Post report notes. “Activists have been pressuring the summit organizers to rescind their invitation to Nielsen, who is scheduled to speak on Tuesday.”
Carlile explained her objections to Nielsen in a post on her Twitter account, writing: “I don’t think that human rights violators and merit-based abusers of displaced people should be given a platform to ‘reimagine’ history. Ever. The atrocity of family separation at our Southern border needs to go down in history as one of the United States of America’s most merciless acts.”
Carlile adds: “I absolutely cannot support Kirstjen Nielsen having a voice among the most powerful and inspiring women in America. Her access to power is righteously over.”