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Aug 28th 2013

AOL ANNOUNCES 200th MAKER

One of AOL's proudest achievements is launching MAKERS.com: the multiplatform video initiative that recognizes the pioneering contributions by women over the last 50 years – both known and unknown – from trailblazing women of today and tomorrow.

This week marked a milestone, as Lisa Leslie was released as the 200th MAKER. The Olympic gold medalist, three-time WNBA MVP and co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks joined other groundbreakers that have initiated change, been firsts-in-their-fields and paved the way for those who followed. Now on MAKERS.com, Leslie's 16 short-form videos offer intimate accounts of her journey from a six-foot seventh grade basketball player, how she changed the game of women's professional basketball as the first female to dunk the ball, and how she overcame the challenges of competing in a male-dominated sport. Leslie's stories will be part of the online living library that highlights a new generation of women who are driving social change today.

The premiere of Leslie's video coincided with Women's Equality Day on August 26 – the date when the 19th Amendment officially granted American women the right to vote in 1920. To mark this occasion, MAKERS has showcased key moments in women's history – from Carol Burnett becoming the first woman variety TV show host to Nancy Pelosi becoming the first female Speaker of the House in US history – in this infographic.

MAKERS is also asking people everywhere a question: Why do women's stories need to be told? Print the MAKERS PDF, write in your answer, and post a picture of you with your answer to the Facebook page with your name, age, and where you're from, or share it on Twitter with hashtag #200MAKERS.
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Oct 1st 2012

AOL Canada Joins in Huge WE Day Event in Toronto



More than 20,000 young people turned out last Friday in Toronto for We Day, an event that aims to empower and inspire Canadian youth for social change, and AOL Canada and HuffPost Impact Canada were proud to be part of it. For the second year in a row, we partnered with Free the Children, which sponsors the annual event in Toronto and other Canadian cities.

HuffPost Impact Canada's "Be the Change" campaign featured a video booth activation for attendees to voice what they will do to drive social change locally, nationally or internationally. You'll find extensive coverage of We Day on HuffPost Impact Canada, including exclusive interviews with speakers and performers Nelly Furtado, Martin Sheen, Romeo Dallaire, Shawn Desman, Jennifer Hudson and Justin Trudeau, along with a We Day big page specific to the event.

We'll also participate in We Day in Vancouver on October 18 and Calgary on October 24. In support of Free the Children earlier this year, AOL Canada raised $25,000 to Adopt-a-Village in Kenya and sent seven employees to Africa to support the construction of a local school. AOL is very proud of the partnership and will continue efforts to support the Free the Children organization.

Check out full coverage of the event here, and the video below.


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