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Feb 8th 2013

'MAKERS: Women Who Make America' Premieres in NYC


(L to R: Allison Williams, Tavi Gevinson, Katie Couric)

On Wednesday night, MAKERS hosted a star-studded red-carpet preview of the MAKERS.com-inspired documentary, MAKERS: Women Who Make America. The event was attended by many of the groundbreaking women featured on MAKERS.com, including Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric and Tavi Gevinson – along with special guest Allison Williams– at Lincoln Center to celebrate the remarkable strides women have made in America over the past 50 years.

One year after launch, MAKERS.com, the living library of ground-breaking women's stories, more than 35 million videos have been viewed. To mark its anniversary, and to continue to engage the growing number of users, MAKERS is redesigning the site to elevate the videos' prominence, improving categorization of the MAKERS and the browsing functionality. In addition, the new site will improve exposure to original blog content and the MAKERS Twitter feed.

Below is the trailer for MAKERS: Women Who Make America. To watch the entire documentary tune in to PBS on Tuesday, February 26th at 8pm ET (check local listings) and join the conversation during the broadcast at #MAKERSchat. Until then, view more than 160 women's stories on MAKERS.com, follow us on Twitter at @MAKERSwomen and find us here on Facebook.


Jan 15th 2013

"MAKERS: Women in America" Red Carpet Giveaway

What do Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Katie Couric, Marlo Thomas and Hillary Clinton have in common? They are all a part of the new documentary, MAKERS: Women in America! MAKERS, developed by AOL, along with Simple Facial Skincare and PBS will premiere this documentary at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center on February 6th.

The film tells the remarkable story of women asserting their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. It features first-person, intimate accounts of women who were a part of the revolution, including movement leaders, opponents, celebrities and the many "ordinary" women confronted with what equality meant in their own lives.

We are giving away two tickets to the star-studded documentary premiere! The winners will have the opportunity to join us on the red carpet in New York and rub elbows with Katie Couric, Marlo Thomas, Gloria Steinem and more amazing MAKERS. We're even covering travel and accommodations for our winners!

To enter, fill out the short form at MAKERS.com/RedCarpet by 11:59 PM ET on January 25, 2013. Together, we will celebrate trailblazing women in America and inspire the next generation of MAKERS women!

Nov 13th 2012

After a Nationwide Search Resulting in Over 1,200 Entries, We Are Proud to Announce the Six Next MAKERS

In partnership with Simple, Unilever's new facial skincare brand, AOL is honored to reveal the winners of the nationwide search for extraordinary women driving positive change in their communities.

Recognized as Next MAKERS for their leadership, vision, courage and ingenuity, Colonel Jill Chambers, Olivia Joy Stinson, Anna Rodriguez, Reshma Saujani, Emily May and Lydia Cincore-Templeton, will join our prestigious group of women on MAKERS.com.

The MAKERS community is inspired by the remarkable and heartfelt nominations that poured in, recognizing exceptional women across the country. We're privileged to bring to life the incredible stories of these Next MAKERS that will inspire the next generation of trailblazers. As a Next MAKER, each of these remarkable women will tell her unique story in a video on MAKERS.com and be awarded a $10,000 grant from Simple to continue pursuing the groundbreaking work in her community.

Stay tuned for videos, captured by Dyllan McGee and our filmmaking team, that will debut on MAKERS.com beginning December 17, 2012.
About the Next MAKERS:

  • Colonel Jill Chambers, Washington DC: Leading advocate for the military's new nationwide strategy to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Olivia Joy Stinson, North Carolina: Founder of PEN Pals Book Club and Support Group for Children of Incarcerated Parents, a non-profit organization that she created at the age of 14
  • Anna Rodriguez, Florida: Founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking
  • Reshma Saujani, New York: Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a non-profit that empowers students from low-income communities to use technology to become entrepreneurs
  • Emily May, New York: Founder and CEO of Hollaback, a non-profit that harnesses the power of information technology to combat street harassment
  • Lydia Cincore-Templeton, Los Angeles: CEO of Children Youth and Family Collaborative in Los Angeles, an organization devoted to improving the academic performance of foster youth
Read more about the launch of Next MAKERS here.

Sep 26th 2012

The MAKERS Story Grows with Two Writers

The MAKERS gallery of videos about groundbreaking women of the past 50 years now features the stories of a writer who found her calling in writing cookbooks for families, and the first female Mexican-American writer whose work was taken on by a mainstream publisher.

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, recipe tester and founder of One Family One Meal, a website that provides free recipes, menu plans and shopping lists for families.

After a few post-collegiate years working at Williams-Sonoma, Haas found her calling when she attended culinary school. She has since tested and developed more than 400 recipes for dozens of cookbooks, including the IACP Cookbook of the Year recipient A16 Food + Wine. As manager of Williams-Sonoma's test kitchen, Haas has filmed over 50 instructional cooking videos featured on Williams-Sonoma.com. Her first book, "Cooking Light Real Family Food: Simple & Easy Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love," was published Sept 4.

Sandra Cisneros is a Mexican-American novelist, poet and short story writer. Her books include "The House on Mango Street," "Caramelo" and "Woman Hollering Creek." She's the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Macarthur "Genius" Grant. Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954, the only girl among seven siblings. The family shuttled between Chicago and Mexico City before finally settling in the area of Chicago known as Humbolt Park, a neighborhood that would later provide inspirations for "The House on Mango Street."

Cisneros began writing as a teenager, serving as the editor of her high school's literary magazine. She went on to study English literature at Loyola University in Chicago before earning her Master or Fine Arts at the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop.

In addition to her novels, books of poetry and short stories, Cisneros has also taught writing at nearly every level, from grade school to graduate school. She's also been a visiting writer at several universities including the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As the first female Mexican-American writer to have her work published by a mainstream publisher, Cisneros has seen her books translated worldwide and "The House on Mango Street" remains required reading in middle schools, high schools and universities across the country.

Learn more about Sandra in this video:




For more inspiring stories, visit MAKERS.com

Sep 13th 2012

MAKERS Spotlights Firsts in Journalism and Music

MAKERS.com, which launched in March showcasing women trailblazers of the past half-century, now features more than 130 video profiles and grows every week. The latest additions to the gallery: the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize, the first female senior editor of Newsweek and the first female solo act to win the Shortlist Music Prize when her album "The Greatest" was awarded Album of the Year.

Sheryl WuDunn is an investment banker, author, journalist, and international women's rights advocate. In 1989 she became the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize for her work at the Beijing bureau of the New York Times. She has co-written three best-selling books with her husband, the Times columnist Nicolas Kristof. She is currently a managing director at Mid-Market Solutions. In 1989 WuDunn joined the Times' Beijing bureau, where she and Kristof, whom she had married the previous year, teamed up to cover the Tiananmen Square massacre and several other major stories in China and Southeast Asia. Their work was recognized with the Pulitzer Prize, making them the first husband and wife team to receive the award.

Lynn Povich is an editor, journalist, and women's rights pioneer. In 1975, she became the first female senior editor in the history of Newsweek. She's currently co-chairwoman of the International Women's Media Foundation. Povich joined Newsweek as a secretary in the mid-1960s at a time when all the writers and editors were men and all the fact checkers, researchers, and secretaries were women. In 1970, the magazine decided to publish a cover story on the women's rights movement. Because they didn't have any female writers on staff, they had to hire a female writer from elsewhere to write the piece as a freelancer. Outraged, Povich and 45 other female staffers of the magazine sued for sex discrimination. The lawsuit and the publicity it created were a gigantic first step toward gender equality in the magazine business.

Chan Marshall
is a singer-songwriter also known by the name of her band Cat Power. The Atlanta-born musician found her musical voice as a teenager while jamming with other musician friends in a basement. In 1992, she moved to New York and two years later experienced her first big break when she opened for music artist Liz Phair. Known for her soulful, minimalist vocals and guitar, Marshall released her first album in 1995. In 2007, she became the first female solo act to win the Shortlist Music Prize when her album The Greatest was awarded Album of the Year. Her cover of "Sea of Love" was also featured on the 2007 movie soundtrack for the film Juno. Cat Power's latest studio album Sun released Sept. 4 to rave reviews.

Learn more about Chan Marshall by watching this video:


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