MAKERS is an initiative of PBS and AOL where you can watch never-before-seen footage of groundbreaking women, both well-known and previously unknown. Kate Caroline gives us the rundown on this inspirational initiative.
At the website www.makers.com, produced by Dyllan McGee, Betsy West, and Peter Kunhardt and sponsored by Simple, you can see hundreds of videos, generally one to three minutes long, of women telling their stories. They talk about everything from how they achieved what they did, to balancing work with having children, to advice for women today.
Who is in the videos?
Some of the women you will see in the videos you will most certainly know, such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alice Walker, and Diane von Furstenberg, while others you may be hearing about for the first time.
MAKERS embodies the Worldette spirit of heroines we can look up to and be inspired by. The women in the videos are honest and intimate, and it feels as though they are talking directly to you.
When you watch these videos, the woman speaking makes you want to be whatever her profession is, whether it’s a dancer, scientist, politician, or anything else, because each woman is so amazing and has led such an incredible life.
All about the initiative
You can browse through videos on the website, or you can even choose from a list of attributes that inspire you, and the website will give you a list of videos based on those topics.
MAKERS is also working on a three-hour documentary to be aired on PBS in 2013 called MAKERS: Women Who Make America. It will give you an in-depth look into the personal lives of these women and the impact they have made on our world.
Women from all over are changing our world for the better, and MAKERS highlights the accomplishments of such women. Each woman featured on MAKERS has in some way helped to blaze the trail for women everywhere.