MAKERS: Women in Hollywood
WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD showcases the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment.
Women Who Make America, Part I
MAKERS follows the profound impact of Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique" on the awakening of the women's movement in America in the 1950s and '60s. The idea that women could do anything a man could do began to take hold of American women. Women like Kathrine Switzer, Judy Blume, Gloria Steinem and more began to challenge traditional gender roles.
Women Who Make America, Part II
By the 1970s, feminism had taken root in all aspects of American life from politics, pop culture, and the economy. Women like Marlo Thomas and Billie Jean King were changing the world. Young women no longer wanted to follow the footsteps of their mothers— they wanted a career, sexual liberation and more. Amid the sexual revolution the issue of legal abortion became hotly contested through Roe v. Wade.
Women Who Make America, Part III
While the demonstrations and sit-ins of the decade before were over, women were not one done in the 1980s and 1990s. Women like Geraldine Ferraro, Meg Whitman, Sally Ride and more began to infiltrate male-dominated professions. As women began to gain independence in America, the issues of pay parity, sexual harassment, and violence towards women were brought to the forefront.
MAKERS: Women in Space
WOMEN IN SPACE traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. Some passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. It wasn’t until 1995 that a woman piloted a spacecraft. The program includes interview with a number of first women in space as well as the next generation of women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts. Narrated by Jodie Foster.
MAKERS: Women in War
WOMEN IN WAR looks at American women’s increasing participation in war — from Vietnam to the present — as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are the first woman to lead troops into battle, battlefield war correspondents and military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, including a retired general from USMC, and the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy. Narrated by Christiane Amanpour.
MAKERS: Women in Business
WOMEN IN BUSINESS tells the story of the exceptional women—past and present—who have taken the world of business by storm. Told by female business leaders themselves, this is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven—on Wall Street, in corporate America or business empires of their own—that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be. Women in Business is narrated by Julianna Margulies.
MAKERS: Women in Politics
WOMEN IN POLITICS profiles the long, slow fight for female political representation over the last century, from the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013. The program includes many trailblazing leaders, including the youngest Republican woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, the first African-American woman to serve in Congress, and the first Muslim-American woman elected to the Michigan House. Narrated by Alfre Woodard.