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Aileen Hernandez, Susan Brownmiller, Carol Gilligan, Malika Saada Saar and Julia Kaganskiy Join MAKERS!

We welcomed five new MAKERS community recently. Joining the creative women currently in our collection, author Susan Brownmiller, psychologist and writer Carol Gilligan and Global Editor of The Creators Project Julia Kaganskiy all joined the MAKERS family. As for additional role models who excel with their leadership skills,  former President of the National Organization for Women Aileen Hernandez and Executive Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls Malika Saada Saar also joined the ranks.

Susan Brownmiller is both an author and a feminist activist. She changed how the public saw rape with her book, Against Her Will: Men, Women, and Rape, and she has never been scared to talk about the tough topics. She explains how she once led a sit-in at Ladies Home Journal, why it was so important to give sexual harassment a name and how she participated in the civil rights movement.

Carol Gilligan is an accomplished author and a groundbreaking psychologist. She published her first book, In A Different Voice about the male bias in her chosen field of psychology in 1982 and has never stopped fighting for women’s rights. She explains why she decided to write, what she considers to be the trouble years for boys and her research on when girls’ psychological well-being plummets.

With her hands in multiple projects, including being the Global Editor of The Creators Project, Julia Kaganskiy was named one of Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology in 2011. Now, as a MAKER, she explains her experience with gender roles, strong women and being a perfectionist early in life.

Aileen Hernandez’s impressive resume has been building for more than six decades. She has been President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Commissioner of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Founder and President of the consulting firm Hernandez and Associates. She explains what she learned from MLK’s example and the challenges of a modern marriage. She talks about her ongoing fight for women of color to be a bigger part of NOW.

Based in Washington, Malika Saada Saar is not only the Executive Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls, but she is also the co-founder and former director of The Rebecca Project for Human Rights. She explains how mothering makes her stronger, how trafficking affects American teens and what happens when race and gender collide.