Steinem, Streep headline women's conference in Boston

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2016 file photo, Gloria Steinem arrives at night two of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2015 file photo, Meryl Streep appears at the premiere of the film "Suffragette," at the opening gala of the London film festiva

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, file photo, Viola Davis attends the Disney ABC Television Critics Association 2017 Summer Press Tour at the Bever

BOSTON (AP) — Gloria Steinem, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and others are headlining a sold-out women's conference in Boston.

Steinem, a feminist icon, and the Academy Award-winning actresses are scheduled to participate in the 13th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women.

It opens Thursday at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center against a backdrop of expanding allegations of sexual misconduct against prominent men in Hollywood, politics and the media.

Other participants include designer, philanthropist and author Diane von Furstenberg; Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel; and Barbara Lynch, an acclaimed restaurateur and award-winning chef.

Organizers say 10,000 people are expected to attend the conference, which will be devoted to themes of leadership, networking, inspiration, professional development and personal growth.