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 MAKERS.com!