MAKERS invites you to learn the stories of the incredible women who have shaken up the course of history and continue to inspire progress today.
From milestones on Capitol Hill to the small victories in daily life-or even on a tennis court-MAKERS places the last 50 years of women's history at your fingertips to watch and interact with.
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In 1968, a radical group of "women's libbers" staged a theatrical protest at the Miss America patent in Atlantic City. Two years later, masses of women marched down Fifth Avenue in New York City and in cities all over the county in the name of women's equality.
At the start of the 1970s, many laws discriminating against women were still on the books. Some pioneers, like future Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, set about challenging them through the courts. Others, like Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, fought their way into Congress to shake things up.
In 1973, women's tennis champion Billie Jean King accepted a challenge to play retired male champion Bobby Riggs to prove once and for all that a woman could beat a man at the game. The televised match, dubbed "The Battle of the Sexes," became one of the biggest media events of the decade, with much more at stake than the final score.
So much progress has been made by and for women in the last half century, but big questions and unresolved challenges still remain. How will fathers take a bigger role in the home? Why isn't there equal pay yet? Will young women continue to fight? Does it matter if you call yourself a "feminist"?