Makers: Women Who Make America
Tuesday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.
"Makers: The Women Who Make America" chronicles unforgettable moments in history and builds on the unprecedented multi-platform video experience from PBS and AOL, and MAKERS.com.
Leveraging the combined reach of television and the internet, the project shares the stories of exceptional women whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live and the film will continue to chronicle the stories of women who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those — both famous and unknown — who were caught in its wake.
Narrated by three-time Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, "Makers: The Women Who Make America" takes its cue from the movement’s motto, “The personal is political,” delving into the personal lives of its subjects.
The three-hour film is built from first-person, intimate accounts of women who experienced this time of change, including movement leaders such as author and feminist activist Gloria Steinem and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; opponents such as conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly; celebrities including media leader Oprah Winfrey and journalist Katie Couric; political figures such as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; business leaders such as Linda Alvarado, president and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc., and a co-owner of The Colorado Rockies; and many “ordinary” women who confronted the dramatic social upheaval in their own lives.
Top photo: Leaders of the Women’s Movement pass a torch that was carried by foot from New York to Houston, Texas, for the National Women’s Convention. Among the marchers, front, from left to right: tennis star Billie Jean King, in blue shirt and tan pants; former U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug, wearing her trademark hat; and feminist writer Betty Friedan, right, in red coat. November 1977.
Top right: Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, and the first African-American woman to run a Fortune 500 company.
Middle photo: Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Presidential candiate, and most recently, Secretary of State in the Obama administration.
Lower right: Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. Magazine, which became a landmark institution for women's rights.