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MAKERS is a women's leadership platform that highlights the stories of groundbreaking women today to create the leaders of tomorrow. It is the largest collection of women's stories ever assembled. MAKERS encompasses broadcast documentaries, web and mobile-first video content, and live events.

 

MAKERS launched in 2012 and features over 3,000 videos and the stories of more than 300 women. In 2013, MAKERS premiered the 3-hour documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America, on PBS telling the story of the modern American women's movement for the first time on television. In 2014, MAKERS premiered the Emmy-nominated MAKERS documentary series on PBS highlighting the stories of women in 6 spheres of influence — space, comedy, Hollywood, business, war, and politics. That same year, MAKERS went global with the launch of MAKERS China in partnership with Yang Lan. In 2015, the team launched MAKERS Canada and this year will launch MAKERS UK. MAKERS continues to share the stories of trailblazing women through its MAKERS Minute series. MAKERS executive produced the song "This Is For My Girls." Inspired by the mission of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative, "This Is For My Girls,” is written by Diane Warren and features vocal performances from Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Janelle Monae, Kelly Rowland, Chloe x Halle, and Lea Michele. The song hit No. 1 on Billboard.

 

MAKERS launched the MAKERS Stories app in March 2016. Designed to empower individuals to be their own storyteller, MAKERS Stories allows users to record their stories or the stories of others, creating their own MAKERS videos that live alongside a collection including Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Ava DuVernay, and Lena Dunham.

 

Current MAKERS include former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, media mogul & philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, writer, actor, producer Lena Dunham, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, network news pioneer Katie Couric, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, actor and producer Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, writer and producer Shonda Rhimes, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, television journalist Connie Chung, the first African-American woman in space Mae Jemison, the first women to enter the Boston Marathon Katherine Switzer, Little League's first girl Maria Pepe, the founder of Latina Magazine Christy Haubegger, and more.

 

EVENTS & PROGRAMS

 

MAKERS Conference

MAKERS has hosted two MAKERS Conferences, positioned as 36-hour action plans on women in the workforce. For more information on The MAKERS Conference, click here.

 

 

MAKERS@

MAKERS@ is an invitation-only partnership opportunity intended for companies to celebrate and acknowledge their game-changing female employees and connect them to the larger MAKERS network. For more information on MAKERS@, click here.

 

MAKERS AWARDS

 

2015 Emmy Nomination: Outstanding Historical Programming-Long-Form

Forbes: Best Websites for Women

Digiday Publishing Award: Best Use of Video by a Publisher

Digiday Publishing Award: Best Editorial Achievement by a Publisher

Women's Image Award: Outstanding Documentary for MAKERS: Women Who Make America

 

For more information on MAKERS, please contact us.
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Foundation Support By

The Charles H. Revson Foundation
NoVo Foundation
Ford Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
The Rice Family Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation

Additional Foundation and Individual Support:
A G Foundation
Diane Archer and Stephen Presser
Arete Foundation
Leigh Bantivoglio
Clara Y. Bingham
The Otis Booth Foundation
Florence A. Davis
Falcon Fund Foundation
Victoria M. Gordon
Jessica S. Guff
Hess Foundation
Jo Carole Lauder
Wendy Mackenzie
Sarah Peter
Alice Peterson
Holly Peterson Foundation
Peter G. Peterson
Marnie Pillsbury
Sharon Percy Rockefeller
The Shoreland Foundation
Sister Fund
Stuart Family Foundation
The Alice M. & Thomas J. Tisch Foundation
Lee & Cynthia Vance Foundation
Susan Wallach
The Jacquelyn & Gregory Zehner Foundation

Archival Footage and Photos Courtesy of:

ABC Video Source

AP Images

BIRDINHANDTVG.ETSY.COM

Joan E. Biren

The Brearley School

The Carol Burnett Show

Carson Footage Provided Courtesy of Carson Entertainment Group

CBC TV Archive Sales

CBS News

Chez Panisse Foundation

CNN Image Source

Clarkson Potter, Inc.

Corbis Images

The Disney/ABC Television Group

DuPont Columbia Awards

Dorothea Jacobson Wenzel

Eagle Forum

Edible Schoolyard

Emory University

F.I.L.M. ARCHIVES

Ruth and David Freiman Archives at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Getty Images

Carl Gossett/the new york times/redux

Group SJR

Gunter Studio

Hagley Museum and Library

The Hill

Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library

Diana Mara Henry

Historic Films

INDIANPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, LLC

IMS PRODUCTIONS

INDY RACING LEAGUE, LLC

Frédéric Lagrange/Martha’s Entertaining

Bettye Lane

Liberation News Service Photographs Collection

The Library of Congress

Edmund v. Gillon, jr. Collection of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Lara Porzak

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Jenny Matthews

Marion Roth

Ms. Foundation

Mount Holyoke College archives and special collections

Nancy Crampton

National Organization for Women

NBA Entertainment

New York Philharmonic

New York University

NBC Universal Archives

Ogilvy

Omnimedia

Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Peter Lansdorp/Terry Fox Laboratory, UBC

Pere Marguette Press

Photofest

Purdue University

Princeton University

Rental Management

Ray Santisebastian

Robyn Twomey

Schlesinger Library

Simon and Schuster, Inc.

Sisters of Mercy

Siana Solis

Gail Skoff

SPELMAN COLLEGE, WOMEN’S RESEARCH AND RESOURCE CENTER

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Stanford University News Service

STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA, JACK SPOTTSWOOD

Susan Wood

Tamiment Library

TEKSERVE

Third Wave Foundation

Thought Equity Motion

UCSF

UNCG

United Women Firefighters Records

University of Denver

DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES, W.E.B. DU BOIS LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST VINTAGE BOOKS

Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

ROSINA TERI MEMOLO, ROSINA PHOTOGRAPHY

Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University

Michelle Walla

Jenny Warburg

Warner Bros.

MANUSCRIPTS, ARCHIVES, AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (MASC), WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

William J. Clinton Presidential Library

Williamsport Sun-Gazzette

Women for Women International

Xerox Corporation

Michael Marsland/Yale University

Advisors