Activists and authors. Diplomats and developers. Journalists and justices.
They’re all women who have blazed trails and shaped the world in which we live. And now they’re telling their stories in Makers: The Women Who Make America, debuting Tuesday, Feb. 26, on PBS.
The women featured in the landmark digital and video initiative from AOL and PBS represent everyday groundbreakers and high-profile pioneers. The documentary examines the movement for equality, and shows how change didn't come easy.
“It never, ever occurred to me that I could be Secretary of State,” says Madeleine Albright.
Who are the women who have lead the way in Dixon? Who do you look up to as a trailblazer in town? Tell us in the comments section below.
Makers is the “remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.”
In the documentary, feminist Gloria Steinem recalls the start of the women’s movement.
“We thought these injustices were so great, surely if we just explain them to people—[laughing]—they will want to fix them.”
And artist and activist Faith Ringgold offers a realization she discovered early on.
“You can’t sit around waiting for someone else to say you who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it.”
The world premiere broadcast is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. Eastern on PBS.