Meet 15 women who have created and defined contemporary American culture in American Masters: The Women’s List, premiering nationwide Friday, September 25, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and available the same day on DVD via Perfect Day Films Inc. The newest chapter of filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ List documentary series (American Masters: The Boomer List, The Black List, The Latino List, The Out List) features intimate interviews with:
Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001
Gloria Allred, lawyer
Laurie Anderson, artist
Sara Blakely, entrepreneur
Margaret Cho, comedian
Edie Falco, actor
Elizabeth Holmes, scientist and entrepreneur
Betsey Johnson, fashion designer
Alicia Keys, singer-songwriter
Aimee Mullins, athlete and fashion model
Nancy Pelosi, politician
Rosie Perez, actor
Shonda Rhimes, writer-producer
Wendy Williams, talk show host
Nia Wordlaw, pilot
American Masters: The Women’s List focuses on these individuals’ exceptional achievements, struggles and identities. All trailblazers in their respective fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard and their influence felt. Toni Morrison opens the film with a reading of an introduction she wrote specifically for The Women’s List.
“As a lifelong feminist, I’m proud to have made The Women’s List and excited to have another one of my films join the American Masters library,” said Greenfield-Sanders.
“As with The Boomer List, Timothy has chosen an inspiring mix of talented voices,” said Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters. “Brought together, these 15 stories of different modern masters make for a profoundly moving film.”
Launched in 1986, American Masters has earned 28 Emmy Awards — including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series since 1999 and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special — 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. Now in its 29th season on PBS, the series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel.
American Masters: The Women’s List is a production of Perfect Day Films in association with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC’s American Masters for WNET. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is director. Music by Neal Evans. Charlie Watt Smith is editor. Sandra Guzman is the interviewer. Graham Willoughby is director of photography. Betsy Berg, Ingrid Duran, Kamilah Forbes, Karin Greenfield-Sanders, Michael Kantor, Catherine Pino, Lylette Pizarro, and Michael Slap Sloane are executive producers. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Tommy Walker and Chad Thompson are producers. Michael Kantor is executive producer for American Masters.
Exclusive corporate support for The Women’s List is provided by Fidelity Investments.
Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation.
[Editor’s Note: In 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos Inc. with fraud, including false and misleading statements about the blood testing technology she invented.]