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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.

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Jul 11th 2012

MAKERS Adds Groundbreakers from TV, Auto Racing

This week's additions to the MAKERS.com showcase of trailblazing women includes an actress who broke ground in her role on Star Trek and a race car driver who was the fourth woman to compete in the Indy 500.

Nichelle Nichols is an American actress and singer whose legendary role as Lieutenant Uhura on the TV series Star Trek was thought by Dr. Martin Luther King to be "the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history." After the cancellation of Star Trek, Nichols volunteered with NASA in a special project to recruit minority and female personnel.

As an American auto racing driver, Danica Patrick is one of the most famous and recognizable female athletes in the world. She's the only woman to ever win the IndyCar series and holds the highest finish by a woman – third place – at the Indianapolis 500.

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Jun 21st 2012

MAKERS Adds Actress, Advocate and Architect

New to the MAKERS.com video library this week are the stories of actress Rita Moreno, who talks about breaking into Hollywood and defying stereotypes; Whitney Smith, who advocates for empowering girls, and Marika Shioiri-Clark, an architect who uses design to empower social change.

Rita Moreno is a singer, dancer, and actress, among one of the few actors to have one an Oscar, Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy. She was the first Latina to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in the 1961 musical film West Side Story. Moreno continues to have a rich and vibrant career. Her latest roles include the Fran Drescher sitcom Happily Divorced and her autobiographical one-women-show Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup,which debuted on stage in 2011.

Whitney Smith is a teen advocate and the founder of Girls For a Change, an international organization that empowers girls to create social change within their communities and abroad. Smith began her career as a social advocate in college, where she initiated and developed the first LGBT support group in the Pennsylvania state university system. She's active on many boards for high-profile organizations, including Thinking Beyond Borders and the National Girls Institute.

Marika Shioiri-Clark is an architect who uses design to empower global change and battle inequality. Working alongside Partners in Health, she was a lead designer on the Butaro Hospital Project in Rwanda, where she lived on-site in 2008 developing designs and overseeing construction. Shioiri-Clark has been rewarded amply for her accomplishments. She was an Ideas Scholar at the Aspen Institute in 2009, a summer fellow at Public Architecture in 2007, and received a U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Traveling Fellowship in 2008.

Learn more about Marika by watching this video:

Jun 13th 2012

New MAKERS: Pioneers in Law, Media Literacy, Organic Food

The MAKERS.com initiative continues to grow its video library of first-person stories from women who are firsts in their fields, visionary role models and frontline activists who sparked historic change for women. This week's newcomers: Roe v. Wade attorney Sarah Weddington, media educator Jean Kilbourne and influential chef Alice Waters.

Sarah Weddington stepped into the national spotlight when she successfully argued landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade at the age of 26. After her victory, Weddington was elected three times into the Texas House of Representatives, where she passed legislation focusing on health, women's rights, anti-discrimination, and early education.

Jean Kilbourne, a feminist author, speaker and filmmaker, is internationally recognized for her critical studies of the image of women in advertising. She's credited with introducing media literacy programs as a method to counteract problems resulting from mass media advertising campaigns.

Alice Waters is an American chef, activist and author whose Chez Panisse restaurant is consistently ranked among the world's 50 best. It's famous for organic, locally grown ingredients and for pioneering California cuisine.

Learn more about Alice by watching this video:

Jun 6th 2012

Newest MAKERS Shaped by Sports, Politics, Military Service

The first female NBA referee, a U.S. Senator and a former Marine Corps captain share their stories on MAKERS.com this week.

Violet Palmer became the first woman to officiate in the NBA in 1997 as well as the first female official in any major U.S. professional sport. Fifteen years later, she's a respected league veteran with a growing number of playoff games under her belt.

Kirsten Gillibrand
is a U.S. Senator from New York and a member of the Democratic Party. She helped lead the fight to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in the U.S. military, and is currently spearheading Off the Sidelines, a campaign to encourage when to speak out on political issues and to become involved with advocacy groups.

Anu Bhagwati
is the Executive Director for the Service Women's Action Network, an organization that supports, defends and empowers servicewomen and women veterans. She's a former Marine Corps captain and company commander and was the second woman to complete the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor trainer school.

Learn more about Bhagwati by watching this video:

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