Over the last half-century, America has seen one of the most sweeping social revolutions in its history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the Supreme Court and Congress, and humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. No individual, nor any aspect of American life, has not been changed.
MAKERS is a landmark television and digital video initiative founded by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Dyllan McGee (HBO’s Gloria: In Her Own Words) in partnership with PBS and AOL. The project aims to be the largest video collection of women’s stories ever assembled. MAKERS brings together the stories of well-known figures such as Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Oprah Winfrey, with the lesser-known trailblazers such as Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, and Linda Alvarado, the first female founder of a construction company and a Major League Baseball co-owner. MAKERS draws on the archival and narrative possibilities of a digital video experience to create a new way to explore these women’s stories and highlight a new generation of women whose impact is just beginning to be felt and understood.