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Tell Us: Who Are the Women Who Make Dixon?

And watch "Makers," a landmark documentary featuring compelling stories about the women who have changed America—and the world.

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.

D.J Koogler February 24, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Are the belly dancing lessons free?
D.J Koogler February 24, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Because in my life experence nothing is ever REALLY free. And cheap is just cheap. You get what you pay for! The Chamber has a job. It is a business run from the fee it collects. I don't see much quality control they could have like that. Sounds like Davis would be a better choice for you to live in and support. Don't get me wrong I love Davis. When I vist. But my choice to support and live in is DIXON!
Carol Pruett February 24, 2013 at 06:09 PM
You are right D J. I can't imagine even having the room to advertise for every business in town. Where would we put all their information. The chamber is no different than any other organazation or business. We rely on revenue to keep the lights on & every other aspect of running a business. If you start giving everything away free pretty soon your out of business.I would not be happy as a business owner in Davis to find out that I was paying dues in the chamber but the business next to me was getting the benefits free.
Jody Worthy February 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM
There are many great ladies in our local community that volunteer their time, energy, means and even their own money to help many of those in our local neighborhoods, schools, and other many other great state, National or World causes. I think giving to help support and grow your own community is honorable and much needed- that is why I volunteered p/t for the City Volunteer Program for a year and a half and truly appreciate the local folks who have stepped up to help their town and it's citizens. Many local retail businesses, restaurants, community organizations, service groups and churches offer opportunities to benefit Dixon from tree planting, park maintenance, clean up days, food banks, and college scholarships. Organizations like Women's Improvement, Soroptimist, Rotary, the Chamber, DDBA and other great businesses like Curves, Bud's, Luna's, Dixon Florist and more......there are many wonderful ladies who donate in many ways to make a BETTER Dixon. Those are the women who make Dixon the beautiful small town it is!
Carol Pruett February 25, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Very well spoken Jody.
Rhonda February 26, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Jody, thank you for bringing the focus back to the topic of the article- The Women Who Make Dixon. I would like to add members of the DUSD Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) to your list. My experience on the PTO has been that these women (along with a few brave men!) give their time, money, and energy to making the schools a safer, healthier,and more nurturing place for Dixon youth. From the elementary schools through the high school, PTO volunteers contribute to making Dixon a better place for our kids. So, a big "Thank You" to all DUSD PTO volunteers.
Dane Besneatte February 27, 2013 at 01:37 AM
There are many women who have helped shape Dixon over the years and to this day. [My wife] Cher and Dorothy, owners of Curves and involved in numerous activities and causes. Many others, such as,(sorry if I misspell anyone's name or leave someone out and some names refer to multiple individuals) Barbara, Ardeth, Maureen, Jill, Susie, Brandy, Cherie, Kathy, Joan, Louise, Jennifer, Carol, MaryAnn, Marime, Jean, Courtney, Dana, Janice, Kay, Kristina, Angela, Rhonda, Lynn, Elaine, Ann Marie, Patricia, Debra, Jackie, Yvonne, Caitlin, Sue and a good number I can't think of and too numerous to list. Organizations and businesses that have significant involvement by local women include the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Dixon, Dixon Police Department, Restaurants, Fitness and Weight Loss, Dance Studio, First Northern Bank, the Rotary, Soroptimists, Moose, Kiwanas, Real Estate, DDBA, Dixon May Fair, Youth Sports and Activities, Dixon May Fair Parade, Dixon Florist, Dentist, Specialty Shops, Schools and many more. These wonderful, talented and influential women are certainly not exclusive but each is an asset to our city and very deserving of recognition and thanks.

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