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Feb 28th 2012

AOL Unveils MAKERS.com

AOL, in partnership with PBS, is proud to announce the launch of "MAKERS: Women Who Make America." MAKERS is a landmark digital video and broadcast initiative. Produced by filmmakers, the multi-platform initiative aims to become not only the largest but also the most dynamic collection of women's stories ever assembled.

MAKERS originated from a very clear premise: over the last half century, the work of millions of women has altered virtually every aspect of American culture. Watch the amazing stories of these women – both famous and heretofore unknown individuals – whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live on MAKERS.com.

This initiative profiles groundbreaking women who have sparked change, been firsts-in-their-fields, and paved the way for those who followed. We also extend beyond profiling these trailblazing women to tell the stories of hundreds of women who are driving social change today.

MAKERS begins today at MAKERS.com, an AOL-developed interactive video platform, presented by Simple. MAKERS is also optimized for viewing across every mobile device, including an innovative iPad app that offers a unique video-viewing experience. The stories will be expanded weekly, ultimately bringing hundreds of inspiring women to the public throughout 2012 and beyond.

Visit MAKERS.com to look for stories from MAKERS including Linda Alvarado, Brenda Berkman, Judy Blume, Carol Burnett, Ursula Burns, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Katie Couric, Ellen DeGeneres, Geraldine Ferraro, Theresa Kane, Billie Jean King, Maya Lin, Dr. Susan Love, Marissa Mayer, Robin Morgan, Sandra Day O'Connor, Maria Pepe, Michelle Rhee, Condoleezza Rice, Faith Ringgold, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Zainab Salbi, Sheryl Sandberg, Phyllis Schlafly, Barbara Smith, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Kathrine Switzer, Diane von Furstenberg, and Barbara Walters.

Don't forget to join the MAKERS community! Follow us on Twitter at @MAKERSwomen, or like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/makerswomen.

Dec 2nd 2011

AOLers Gather Worldwide to Watch TEDxWomen

AOL was proud to continue the bold and important conversations started at the 2010 TED Women conference by live-streaming TEDxWomen yesterday. Hundreds of AOLers gathered in 17 offices worldwide to watch luminaries such as best-selling author Rachel Simmons and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof speak on combating continued gender inequality.

The speakers hailed from a variety of backgrounds, giving audiences a wide look at what people are currently doing to help both men and women be happier, healthier and more effective. Cedars-Sinai Women's Heart Center director Dr. Noel Merz dazzled the audience with her revolutionary approach to female cardiac health, showing us that even stem cells have drastic gender differences. Renowned activist Gloria Steinem applauded the gathering, reminding the audience that feminism's success requires a strong community.

Tan Le (a must-see speaker, to watch another one of her talks click here) had tears in her eyes as she delivered her incredible and moving story of escaping poverty in Vietnam by taking a dangerous boat ride towards a more promising future in Australia. Her story of international success as an entrepreneur is an inspiration to anyone who wants to bring about change.

Finally, Jennifer Siebel Newsom had a crucial message for those of us in the media industry. If we want girls to grow up with the same ambitions as boys (a hurdle sometimes more insidious and pervasive than lack of opportunity), we have to portray both genders as having the same potential in the media. "We can't imagine what we can't see," she reminded us, underscoring the outsized effect that mainstream media's obsession with youth, beauty and materialism has on young girls. This is a particularly important takeaway for all of us at AOL, where we can have a huge impact on gender representation in the content we're creating.

For those of you that missed the talks, be sure to check back regularly on the TED website where the videos will be posted. You can also follow yesterday's conversation on Twitter under the hashtag #tedxwomen.

Nov 7th 2011

Arianna Honored at Glamour's Women of the Year Event

Last night, Arianna was honored by Glamour Magazine as one of its Women of the Year at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The awards highlight women for their extraordinary accomplishments and positive influence on women around the world. Others who made the 2011 list include: Jennifer Lopez, Tory Burch, Laura Bush, Chelsea Handler, Gabrielle Giffords, Cindy Sherman, and Gloria Steinem. Honored as a pioneer in the digital space, Barbara Walters presented the award to Arianna.

Glamour on Arianna in its latest issue:

"Huffington's vision propelled HuffPo, in five short years, from start-up to one of the most visited news sites on the Web and made the way we both gather and consume news less passive, more participatory-and more fun."

The feature also highlights Arianna's mission to inspire other women:

"I feel so profoundly that each one of us has a unique destiny," Huffington says, adding that success is more likely to come "when we focus on our own talents instead of looking over our shoulder."

"If my daughters, and women of all ages, are to take their rightful place in society, they must become fearless," she likes to say. "If you want to succeed big, there is no substitute for simply sticking your neck out."

Click here to read more about Arianna and the other Women of the year.

(This image is courtesy of Getty and is not for distribution.)

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