Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Betsy West: Makers: Women Who Make America - New Film Chronicles Past 50 Years of Feminist Movement

"Makers: Women Who Make America": New Film Chronicles Past 50 Years of Feminist Movement
Democracy Now

We look at a major new documentary that tells the story of how women have shaped the United States over the last 50 years through political and personal empowerment. It’s called "Makers: Women Who Make America," and it premieres tonight in a three-hour special on PBS. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film explores the women’s movement from the publication of Betty Friedan’s "The Feminine Mystique" published 50 years ago this month in 1963 to the Anita Hill v. Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991. "Makers" shares the story of legendary figures such as Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey, to lesser-known pioneers such as Kathrine Switzer. In 1967, Switzer became the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon. Her run made headlines when a top race official tried to forcibly remove her from the race. She finished the race.


Betsy West, executive producer of Makers: Women Who Make America. It premieres tonight on PBS, check your local listings.

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