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Dena Simmons

The Power of Being Surrounding By MAKERS

As a child growing up in the Bronx, what I knew of the world was limited to the city block where I lived. Read More »

More From the Red Carpet! So Many MAKERS at the "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" Premiere

Last week, MAKERS from all across the country gathered in New York City to celebrate the upcoming documentary "MAKERS: Women Who Make America," which will air on PBS February 26 8PM EST (check local listings).   While we personally think there's nothing more exciting than sitting down to peruse through the stories on MAKERS.com, we have to admit, actually being among all these incredible women in one place, was a totally different and wonderful experience. Read More »

MAKERS Celebrates Black History Month: What I Learned From My Mother

To mark the beginning of February's Black History Month, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the personal histories of some of our African American MAKERS. For many of us, our history begins with our mothers. So, in today's MAKERS playlist, 5 MAKERS who have made impacts in fields from humans rights and education to literature and business, talk about the women who taught them about strength: their mothers. Read More »

The Need for Health Care Advocates

Some mornings, I wake up sad, lost in thoughts about my twin sister, Dana, who has spent the past fifteen years suffering from a rare chronic illness called Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. I cannot begin to attempt to know what it feels like to live in constant pain, to be powerless and a prisoner to a failing body. On mornings like that, I snap myself out of the sadness, a luxury I have, and remind myself not to take my health and life for granted. I let my sister’s experiences motivate me and fuel my goal of making hospitals and schools safer for all. Read More »

Handling Bullying in Schools

As a child growing up in the Bronx, violence was my neighbor. I saw it on the news, heard it through the walls of my apartment building, and felt it when gunshots exploded outside of my window. Read More »

We've Added Three New MAKERS

We’ve launched three new MAKERS today - we invite you to explore their incredible stories of perseverance, determination and strength. Read More »