We're excited to announce that October's MAKERS theme is finding your inner strength.
As October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we believe that MAKERS can join the dialogue by sharing the stories of our MAKERS and the incredible inner strength they have unearthed to overcome illness.Read More
Last week we introduced you to new MAKER Callie Khouri, and this week we get to celebrate the season 2 premiere of the hit ABC drama she created, Nashville! Khouri had lived for a period of time in Nashville, and understood how important the complexities of the town could play in the series. She also knew she wanted the show to be carried by a strong female character. Her show's hero country music legend Rayna Jaymes, played by Connie Britton is most definitely a MAKER in her own right.Read More
I fully admit it—I’m steeped in judgment about beauty pageants as an industry, and I still wrestle with assumptions about the women and girls who participate in them. Almost all I can stomach on the topic is Miss Congeniality, in which Sandra Bullock plays a gung-ho FBI agent who goes undercover as Miss New Jersey at a national pageant and is forced to endure all of the industry’s sexist humiliations to pass as “gorgeous”—mandatory starvation, bikini waxing, high heels and all.Read More
Not only do we get to share new MAKER Callie Khouri's incredible story as a woman in Hollywood with you today, but we're also talking with Callie LIVE on Twitter and you're invited! Khouri won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1991 for her trailblazing script, Thelma & Louise. In 2012 her hit series Nashville premiered to rave reviews and its sophomore season is coming up soon!
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Last week we introduced you to new MAKER Zooey Deschanel, and this week we get to celebrate the season 3 premiere of her hit comedy series New Girl! In Deschanel's own words, "I was attracted to the New Girl because I hadn't read a part this great for a woman in a really long time." It's so refreshing to see a woman lead who is quirky, feminine, strong, AND intelligent carry a show.Read More
Since surviving 9-11 as a first responder (New York City fire officer), I have only been away from New York City a couple of times on the anniversary of 9-11. The first time (probably five years after) I was in Indiana at a family reunion. But I felt really disconnected from my family members. So we visited an Indiana firehouse and I gave my brother and sister firefighters a token of my appreciation for their service -- some cake. The firefighters asked me about my 9-11 experience and I thanked them for their service every day to their communities.Read More
Lights! Camera! Action!
September for MAKERS means celebrating the female movers and shakers of Hollywood.
From the moment we turn on the television to relax after a long day, to the movies we enjoy on a Saturday night in the theater, the stories we watch in television and in film have a profound impact on our lives; what we see on the screen can so easily inspire our own dreams.Read More
It's hard to believe there was a time when you couldn't show a pregnant woman on television or a single, professional African American mother and the idea of a college-educated woman choosing to focus on her career instead of immediately finding a husband was considered too much of a stretch!Read More
With the U.S. Open in full swing, we sat down with upcoming MAKER and tennis legend Martina Navratilova to talk a little tennis.
Navratilova is the most successful female tennis player of the Open era, amassing an unmatched number of professional records over the course of four decade career. She's won 59 grand slam titles, including a record 9 Wimbledon singles championships.Read More