Rita Moreno, Whitney Smith, and Marika Shioiri-Clark Join MAKERS


We’re still expanding our living library of women’s stories, and we’ve added three new trailblazing women to the archive this week. Our newest MAKERS include actor Rita Moreno, teen advocate Whitney Smith, and architect Marika Shioiri-Clark.


Rita Moreno is a singer, dancer and actress and is among of the few actors in Hollywood to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy. She catapulted into the world spotlight after playing “Anita” in West Side Story which led her to become the first Latina to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Although she is now 80 years old, Moreno continues to have a rich and vibrant career in the arts. Her latest roles include the Fran Drescher sitcom, Happily Divorced, and her one-women-show, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup debuted on stage in 2011.


Whitney Smith is a teen advocate, and the founder of Girls For a Change, an international organization that empowers girls to create social change within their communities and abroad. Smith began her career as a social advocate in college, where she initiated and developed the first LGBT support group in the Pennsylvania state university system.  Find out more about Whitney Smith, and discover why she tries to build feelings of sisterhood among young girls, and how she balances work with her young family.


Marika Shioiri-Clark is an architect who uses design to empower global change, and battle inequality. Working alongside Partners in Health, she was a lead designer on the Butaro Hospital project in Rwanda, where she lived on-site throughout 2008, developing designs and overseeing construction. Find out how she overcame her fear of the spotlight, and what why she thinks women should take charge of their lives.