Oct 14th 2014
Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. It wasn't until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. The program includes interviews with Collins, as well as Sally Ride's classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station. The hour ends with the next generation of women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts-the new group of pioneers, like Marleen Martinez, who continue to make small but significant steps forward.
Mae Jemison will host a virtual screening of the film on Wednesday, October 15 at 8pm ET. The film will then be available for streaming anytime on MAKERS.com. The remaining films in the series will air on PBS at 9pm ET/PT as follows:
•October 21 | MAKERS: Women in War
•October 28 | MAKERS: Women in Business
•November 4 | MAKERS: Women in Politics
Join the conversation on Twitter with @MAKERSwomen, @PBS and #MAKERSfilm.
Oct 8th 2014
Audiences hear from actress-producer-activist Jane Fonda; television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes, who created Grey's Anatomy and Scandal; screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who re-imagined the traditional Disney princess by making Belle (Beauty and the Beast) a self-possessed, strong-willed young woman; writer-director-actress Lena Dunham, who mines comedy and drama gold by exploring what it's really like to be a young woman today; and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close. The film is narrated by Julia Roberts.
The film will be available for streaming anytime after 8:00pm ET on MAKERS.com on Wednesday, October 8. The remaining films in the series will air on PBS at 9pm ET/PT as follows:
- October 14 | MAKERS: Women in Space
- October 21 | MAKERS: Women in War
- October 28 | MAKERS: Women in Business
- November 4 | MAKERS: Women in Politics
Sep 30th 2014
The first film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in Comedy, premieres on Tuesday, September 30 at 9pm ET/PT on PBS. This film tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the "dangerous" comedy of '70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today's multifaceted landscape.
Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo'Nique, Sarah Silverman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Kathy Griffin, and the incomparable Joan Rivers (in one of her last interviews) talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.
Kathy Griffin will host a virtual screening on the film on Wednesday, October 1 at 8pm ET on MAKERS.com. The film will then live and be available for streaming anytime on MAKERS.com.
Building on the 2013 film MAKERS: Women Who Make America, which told the story of the modern American women's movement, the series will introduce a new collection of MAKERS.
Join the conversation on Twitter with @MAKERSwomen, @PBS and #MAKERSfilm. Visit MAKERS.com/documentary/womenincomedy for more information.
Jun 23rd 2014
"The success of a woman is not to be judged by society... If she feels good about herself, then she's successful." - Fu Ying, Vice Foreign Minister of China
This MAKERSMonday, MAKERS will launch 10 Chinese MAKERS stories spotlighting groundbreaking female leaders in China from different fields, ranging from dance to government affairs and literature to business. MAKERS partnered with Yang Lan, founder of Sun Media Group, the largest independent media group in China, to develop and share these stories of women pioneers.
As MAKERS aims to be the largest collection of women's stories ever assembled, the partnership allows the brand to tell more women's stories, create a new cultural exchange between American and Chinese women, and reach a wider audience. The stories of the ten Chinese MAKERS will be distributed on Yang Lan's online destination for women, Her Village, which reaches over 300 million viewers and consumers worldwide each month. From famed actress Gong Li to Olympic coach Li Han to investigative journalist Hu Shuli, the incredible, eclectic group of women have powerful stories that are not to be missed.
May 1st 2014
This international award highlights the premium content on MAKERS.com, but further speaks to the archival element inherent in the MAKERS mission to become the largest collection of women's stories ever assembled. We're proud to receive this international recognition and look forward to realizing even greater scale through our expansion to China and Canada.
Congratulations to the team!