Many of you who play sports, or work, or go to school, or are old enough to vote, may take women’s equality for granted. You may not feel like feminists because basic liberties that your grandmothers and mothers fought so hard to attain are now commonplace.
Over the last half-century, America has seen one of the most sweeping social revolutions in its history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the Supreme Court and Congress, and in humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. No individual and no aspect of American life has been unchanged.
But the work is far from over. While we face forward and stare present day inequalities in the face, take a look at how far women have come just in our own and our mothers’ lifetimes. It is a humbling reminder of the power we wield as women with a platform, and the collective work it took for us to get here. That’s what makes PBS’s upcoming documentary, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, so important.
The docuemtnary features the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and the unintentional trailblazers — famous and unknown – who carried change to every corner of society. Watching the film, you’ll see that many of those regarded as ardent feminists and game-changers were just regular women who never intended to start a movement, but by simply saying “no” to inequality they found themselves representing their gender in ways they never imagined. Women like Katherine Switzer, the first woman to run a marathon, who just wanted the opportunity to compete in the Boston race.
MAKERS, in partnership with Simple Facial Skincare and PBS, presents MAKERS: Women Who Make America, a documentary airing on PBS February 26 that chronicles the last 50 years of the women’s movement by highlighting the stories of trailblazers and groundbreakers that have paved the way for future generations of women. Visit MAKERS.com for more information!