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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:




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Aug 29th 2012

MAKERS Adds House Leader, Union Leader


The MAKERS.com video library continues to grow with first-person stories from women who are firsts in their fields. This week's newcomers: the first female Speaker of the House and the founder of the United Farm Workers.

Nancy Pelosi is Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives and represents California's eighth district as a member of the Democratic Party. In 2007 she became the 60th Speaker of the House and the first female Speaker in American history, a position she held until 2011.

Dolores Huerta is a union leader and activist for the rights of farm workers and women. Along with Cesar Chavez, she founded the first successful farm workers union in the country, the United Farm Workers, in 1962. She's a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Huerta has stepped down from her position at the UFW, but continues to lecture on worker's issues and women's issues around the country.

In addition to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, she's received numerous awards and recognitions-among them the Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in l998, the Ohtli award from the Mexican government and nine honorary doctorates from universities throughout the U.S.

Learn more about Dolores by watching this video:




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Aug 16th 2012

Nationwide Search for Women Who Are Transforming America!


In partnership with Unilever's new Simple facial skincare brand, AOL is excited to launch a nationwide search to find extraordinary women who can become recognized as "Next MAKERS." For the next six weeks, individuals can nominate themselves or women in their own lives who have made a remarkable impact to their local communities, are viewed as role models and inspire people around them to take action.

Six remarkable women from across the country will ultimately be selected to tell their stories in videos that will appear on MAKERS.com and receive a$10,000 grantso they can continue to do great work in their communities. The winning Next MAKERS will fly to New York City to attend an intimate dinner hosted by MAKERS and Simple and film their stories with the award-winning MAKERS filmmaking team.





AOL is proud to continue sharing the authentic, personal and previously untold stories of inspiring women with Next MAKERS. Think you or a peer has what it takes? Visit MAKERS.com/NextMAKERS or Facebook.com/SimpleSkincare to learn more information and nominate someone today!

Aug 15th 2012

MAKERS Profiles Blogger, Orthodox Rabba


The newest video stories added to MAKERS.com document the career paths of a traditional journalist turned blogger and entrepreneur and the first officially ordained "Rabba" in Orthodox Judaism.

Lisa Stone, CEO and co-founder of the award-winning social hub BlogHer, left a traditional journalism career at CNN for the Internet in 1997 and hasn't looked back.

In 2002, she was the first Internet journalist awarded a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University. As Executive Producer and Editor in Chief/VP, Programming, for Women.com, Stone was responsible for developing some of the most successful online communities.

In 2005, she and co-founders Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins launched BlogHer, a publishing and social network and annual conference that reaches 37 million women each month. BlogHer.com has been on Forbes' Top 100 Websites for Women in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Stone has also been honored as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and as one of The Most Powerful Moms in Media by Working Mother magazine.

Sara Hurwitz is the first officially ordained "Rabba" in Orthodox Judaism. She's the Rabba at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, N.Y., and the Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, also in Riverdale. After emigrating with her family from South Africa, she spent her teenage years in Boca Raton, Florida. Her early affinity for religious community life was affirmed when she took a high school vocational test that recommended she join the clergy. At the time, however, Orthodox women were not allowed to serve as rabbis, so she considered the suggestion impossible. Yet Hurwitz's relationship with Judaism continued to grow.

Upon completion of her coursework at Barnard College and then the Drisha Institute, Hurwitz began studying under the Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. Over seven years, she received all the training required of a rabbi, learning how to give spiritual guidance, issue legal rulings, and counsel her congregants.

In 2009, Rabbi Weiss officially ordained Hurwitz, giving her the title "Maharat," and later converting it to "Rabba" (a feminized version of rabbi) to more clearly convey her full rabbinic role. While Hurwitz's ordainment caused a fierce backlash from some in the Orthodox community, she maintained her title and her leadership position.

Learn more about Rabbi Weiss by watching this video:


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Jul 20th 2012

MAKERS Profiles Two Fighters


The newest video profiles on MAKERS.com spotlight a boxer and an activist who fights for the rights of disadvantaged children.

Marlen Esparza is the first woman to qualify for the Olympics in the first year that women's boxing was made an official event. Outside of the Olympics, she has won several other competitions, including the bronze medal in the 2006 World Championship and the gold in the 2008 Pan American Games.

Marian Wright Edelman is a renowned activist who established the Children's Defense Fund in 1973. She has been a leading national voice fighting for the rights of disadvantaged children for the last 40 years. She also worked on poverty with Dr. Martin Luther King and formed the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and the parent body of the Children's Defense Fund.

Learn more about Marian by watching this video:

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