MAKERS Nominates You: Discover and Share Some of History's Hidden Figures Just in Time for the Oscars

Do you have an untold story? Share it with us on the MAKERS Stories app, then nominate a friend to do the same. #BEBOLD and tell us, #WhatsYourStory?

The stories of historical female figures both past and present are often lost or brushed aside in an attempt to write history from the male perspective.

But if there's one takeaway from Gloria Steinem and Octavia Spencer's conversation on the opening night of The 2017 MAKERS Conference, it's that as activists, we have a responsibility to dig up and discover those stories.

Those of MAKER Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, respectively — are not the only ones that have been lost in time.

Oscar-nominated and award winning "Hidden Figures" has opened the door to a much larger conversation that calls upon all of us to be bold. Together, we can rewrite history books with everyone on the pages.

To start, we are featuring just some of the stories of women you may not know: MAKERS who have changed the world in a variety of ways. Scroll through and watch some of their stories below:

Brenda Berkman, First NYC Female Firefighter

Marin Alsop, First Woman Conductor of a Major American Orchestra

Eileen Collins, First Woman Commander, NASA

France Córdova, First Female Chief Scientist, NASA

Val Demings, First Female Chief of Police, Orlando, Florida

Mae Jemison, First African-American Woman in Space

Katherine Johnson, Mathematician, NASA:

Jenette Kahn, First Female Comic Book Executive

Violet Palmer, First Female Referee, NBA

Maria Pepe, Little League's First Girl

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, First Latina Elected to Congress

Ruth Simmons, First African-American Ivy League President, Brown

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