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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.

Learn more about Danica by watching this video:



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Jul 6th 2012

MAKERS.com Spotlights Cartoonist, Correspondent



This week's profiles on MAKERS.com, which showcases hundreds of compelling stories from the women who make America, feature two women who chronicle life -- one through humor and the other through hard news. In video profiles, find out what inspired Cathy Guisewite, who created the comic strip "Cathy," and what drives Christiane Amanpour, international war correspondent and anchor.

Guisewite created the comic strip "Cathy," which explored issues facing modern women caught between society's traditional expectations and new feminist ideals. The internationally syndicated strip ran from 1976 to 2010 and has been collected into more than 20 books and other publications. In 1992, Guisewite received a National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for her work.

Amanpour is an international war correspondent and anchor who has become world renowned for her groundbreaking journalism. She's currently CNN's Chief International Correspondent and Anchor of Amanpour, a nightly foreign affairs program on CNN International. Amanpour is also the Global Affairs Anchor for ABC News, and contributes to multiple programs and anchoring primetime specials.

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