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Oct 14th 2014

Third Film in AOL MAKERS Series Premiers - MAKERS: Women in Space

The third film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in Space will premiere on Tuesday, October 14 at 9pm ET/PT on PBS. This film traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program and is narrated by Jodie Foster.

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

Second Film in AOL MAKERS Series Premieres - MAKERS: Women in Hollywood

The second film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in Hollywood premiered this week on PBS. This film showcases the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country's biggest commodities: entertainment.

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
Join the conversation on Twitter with @MAKERSwomen, @PBS and #MAKERSfilm.

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.

Jun 11th 2014

Where Are the Women?

With an incredible roster of female talent, AOL is committed to cultivating future women leaders in a notoriously male-dominated industry. We do this at scale, through initiatives like "Women in Tech" panels with the NY Department of Education to offering pro bono media for women's causes and MAKERS, a brand that celebrates the achievements of today's women and inspires the next generation.

Recently the third annual S.H.E. Summit highlighted the topic of women in male-dominated industries. Maureen Sullivan, President of AOL.com and Lifestyle Brands moderated a panel "Where are the Women? A Look at Industries: Sports, Tech, Media & Beyond" featuring bold speakers who are breaking barriers: Evy Poumpouras, Security and Investigative National News Contributor - former Secret Service Special Agent, Simona de Silvestro, Race Car Driver for Sauber Formula 1 Team, and Justine Aitel, Head of Cyber Risk at Dow Jones.

Watch the full discussion here. Key themes touched on during the panel included the need for role models for girls in these industries, stereotypes that women face, and the importance of women supporting each other along the way. These topics sparked Twitter chatter in real-time, with a few memorable quotes going viral:

  • "I realized I need to do more than my job in this industry. I have to do what I can to make it more accessible for women." - Justine
  • "Instead of demanding respect, I command respect through my actions." - Evy
  • "I always wanted to be the person who was good at what I do. That's how I get respect." - Simona

To close the panel Maureen gave attendees a sneak peek into the six new MAKERS documentaries which will debut on PBS September 23rd. Next up, AOL will host a panel on Women in Creativity at Cannes next week.

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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