Makers: Women Who Make America (PBS)

Did anyone watch Part One of Makers: Women Who Make America?

[Caps Lock] OMG it was freakin’ AWESOME!

Part One was about… well… in a nutshell the birth of the women’s movement.   These women (from the Suffragettes to Friedan, Steinem, et al.)  paved the path for up and coming generations of women. I had known about some of their struggles (after all, who hasn’t read the Feminine Mystique?) but I had NO IDEA just how hard the struggle for equality was.  Jesus! I am ever so grateful to these women.

If you didn’t get a chance to see Part One, it’s not too late.   Check out the PBS Schedule.

Here is an excerpt:

MAKERS: Women Who Make America tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American 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, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. MAKERS brings this story to life with priceless archival treasures and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those first generations to benefit from its success. Trailblazing women like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey share their memories, as do countless women who challenged the status quo in industries from coal-mining to medicine. Makers captures with music, humor, and the voices of the women who lived through these turbulent times the dizzying joy, aching frustration and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down.

Visit to hear more inspirational stories from the MAKERS.


Oh and I could listen to Gloria Steinem…all…day…long. Ya know what I mean? That sister rocks and who doesn’t love a woman with 70s hair and tinted glasses. I mean c’mon the woman is one of a kind.

12 thoughts on “Makers: Women Who Make America (PBS)

  1. I watched most of this. I thought they did a great job of exploring the idea of ‘having it all’ and the difficulties for women trying to balance work and family life. I was stoked they mentioned Arlie Hochschild’s book ‘The Second Shift,’ which I really enjoyed reading for one of my sociology classes in university 🙂

      • I literally just started streaming via my blue ray — love it! Now I can watch, what I want, when I want. Currently I am addicted to Dexter which is/was a Showtime series. Next up I will be streaming Prime Suspect (I’m a huge Helen Mirren fan). 🙂

      • Super fun! When I do get a chance, I mostly watch documentaries, but Downton Abbey season 1 was on Netflix and I once stayed up all night watching it. If only they’d release season two on there 😉

      • You and I are a lot alike. I prefer documentaries to fluff drama.

        That said, I am completely addicted to Downton! I cannot wait for Season 4.

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