In the last half-century, women have fought their way into nearly every sphere of American life, from the battlefield to the comedy club, the soundstage to the Senate. Expanding on the critically acclaimed PBS documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America, which told the story of the modern American women’s movement, each documentary in this six-part series examines the impact of the women’s movement on six fields once largely closed to women: business, space, Hollywood, comedy, war and politics. In each field, women have pried open, and profoundly reshaped, the central institutions of American life and culture.
Through intimate interviews with trailblazing women known and unknown, viewers are given a rare glimpse– sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always candid—of what it was like to be pioneers in their fields. Directed by some of the country’s leading independent filmmakers, MAKERS brings to life new and unforgettable stories that every woman, man, girl and boy should know.
Interviewees include: Ursula Burns, Diahann Carroll, Glenn Close, Geena Davis, Ellen DeGeneres, Chelsea Handler, Gwen Ifill, Mae Jemison, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch, Indra Nooyi, Valerie Plame, Shonda Rhimes, Joan Rivers, Cokie Roberts, Sarah Silverman, Alfre Woodard, and many more.
The series premiered September 30, 2014 on PBS.