Closer Look at TCA's "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" Panel

MAKERS and PBS were recently featured in a Television Critics' Association (TCA) panel on the upcoming documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America, the documentary which traces the last 50 years of the women’s movement. It premieres on PBS February 26 at 8PM (check local listings).


Groundbreakers Gloria Steinem, Marlo Thomas, Aileen Hernandez and Barbara Burns were among the women--and one man--featured in the panel. They talked about their journeys to become successful indepedent women, and Thomas reminisced on being a 24-year-old woman producing and starring in the 1966-71 TV series That Girl. She recalled that when she pitched a character who was a single, independent woman for the series, she used Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique to help sell her point, and ultimately, the show.


Burns told her story of being one of the first female coal miners in the country and becoming an ‘everywoman’ champion against sexual harassment in the workplace.


Steinem looked toward the future of the women’s equality with a watchful eye that women need to continue to make change and become their own MAKERS.


All the panelists agreed the project has been a remarkable initiative to express the goals of the Women's Movement and lay the groundwork for moving forward. MAKERS: Women Who Make America is the culmination of a partnership between PBS and AOL. Peruse through hundreds of interviews with MAKERS women on!


A glimpse at the TCA panel which included (left to right): filmmaker Barak Goodman; executive producer Betsy West; Aileen Hernandez of the National Organization for Women; feminist activist Gloria Steinem; actress and activist Marlo Thomas; Barbara Burns, one of the first women coal miners; and executive producer Dyllan McGee.

Barbara Burns and Dyllan McGee on the documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America which traces the last 50 years of the women’s movement and premieres February 26.

Groundbreaking MAKERS Aileen Hernandez of the National Organization for Women and Gloria Steinem, feminist, journalist, and activist.

Left: Executive producer of documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America, Dyllan McGee. Right: Marlo Thomas recounting how her hit TV series That Girl came to be.

Gloria Steinem, Marlo Thomas, and Barbara Burns discussing the documentary. 

Woah there! Marlo Thomas on the pushback from writers, editors and network personnel who didn’t want to take orders from a “girl.”

Gloria Steinem and Marlo Thomas discussing the future of the Women's Movement.