Amanpour, Guisewite, Nichols and Patrick join MAKERS

This week on MAKERS, we’re featuring four trailblazers who have challenged the way women are depicted in their fields – international war correspondent and author Christiane Amanpour, creator of the “Cathy” comic Cathy Guisewite, Star Trek actress and NASA recruiter Nichelle Nichols and champion race car driver Danica Patrick.


World renowned and “fearless” journalist Christiane Amanpour is currently CNN’s Chief International Correspondent and Anchor of Amanpour, a nightly foreign affairs program on CNN International, and the Global Affairs Anchor for ABC News. Amanpour discusses her Iranian roots, her ability to conquer fear, and the bravery and risks of investigative journalism.


Cathy Guisewite is the creator and cartoonist behind the long-running nationally syndicated comic strip “Cathy,” one of the first mainstream comics created by a woman. Guisewite reveals her path to creating Cathy, why she secretly wished no one would read it,  and how she overcame her lack of drawing skills.


Nichelle Nichols is an American actress and singer, who made history as the first black woman in a leading role in a television series when she took on the role of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek. Nichols shares a powerful encounter with Dr. Martin Luther King and how the self-proclaimed science lover ended up a recruiter for NASA.


Champion race car driver Danica Patrick is the only woman ever to win the IndyCar series. She also holds the highest finish by a woman at the Indianapolis 500. The groundbreaking athlete shares her unusual, non-traditionally “feminine” upbringing and the benefits of being a woman in a male-dominated sport.