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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.

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.
For updates and the latest news from AOL, follow @AOLPR on Twitter.

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.

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