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Sep 30th 2014

First Film in the New MAKERS Series Premieres - MAKERS: Women in Comedy

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.

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.


May 1st 2012

Scientist, Social Entrepreneur Profiled on MAKERS


The newest legends spotlighted on MAKERS.com include molecular biologist Lydia Villa-Komaroff, known for her breakthrough diabetes research, and social entrepreneur Nancy Lublin, who founded Dress for Success and now leads teen social justice organization Do Something.

Lydia Villa-Komaroff is a molecular biologist, whose breakthrough research showed how bacterial cells could be converted into insulin. She's currently the ChiefScientific Officer of Cytonome/ST and is deeply committed to the recruitment and retention of minorities and women in science. She is a founding member of SACNAS, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans inScience, and has served as a board member and vice-president for the organization.

Nancy Lublin is a social entrepreneur and creator of Dress for Success, a non-profit that helps economically disadvantaged women gain economic independence. She is currently the CEO of Do Something, an organization for teens looking to create and promote social change.

Learn more about Nancy by watching this video:

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.

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