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  • 2013
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.4  (141)

Makers is a documentary television series that was created and released by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in 2013. The show is centered on the stories of remarkable women who have influenced American culture and society in different ways. The series features first-hand stories from women who have forged their paths in various fields, ranging from science, politics, business, sports, to entertainment, among others.

Makers is narrated by Meryl Streep, and features interviews with various prominent female icons, including feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Executive Director of Ms. Magazine. The show explores the lives of these women and the impact they have had on their respective fields.

One of the core themes explored in the series is the struggle that women in America have faced in breaking down barriers and fighting for equality. The documentary examines how women have fought for their rights and the opportunities for women who desire to pursue their dreams. It features stories from women who have persevered through adversity and discrimination, and whose success has contributed to societal progress on gender equality.

Moreover, the show’s narrative spans several decades, starting from the early 1950s and progresses through the modern day. Thus, this allows the documentary to showcase the evolution of women rights in the United States, from the early days when the idea of women working outside the home was considered taboo, to today, when women have secured opportunities to excel in multiple facets of life.

In addition, Makers features stories of athletes and entertainers who have achieved tremendous success despite facing limited opportunities and discrimination. The show chronicles how female trailblazers such as Billie Jean King, who won the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, paved the way for future generations of female athletes. The series also features interviews with high profile and legendary entertainers such as Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.

Makers also highlights the broader societal and political context during which these societal changes took place. For example, the show features interviews with women who pushed for anti-discrimination policies in the workplace and asserted their rights to have their opinions heard. The documentary charts the strides women have made in the workforce, such as the passing of the Equal Pay Act, which made it illegal to discriminate against women in the workplace, and illustrates the impact of social movements like The Women’s March, which aimed to demonstrate the power of women’s collective action.

In sum, Makers is a powerful documentary series that celebrates the profound impact women have had on American society. The show provides an inspiring account of women's journey to bridge inequality in various fields and highlights the struggles and the tenacity of those who came before. It’s a must-watch for anyone interested in learning about the history of women’s rights, equality and progress in America.

Makers is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on February 26, 2013.

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Women in Business
5. Women in Business
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Women in War
4. Women in War
October 21, 2014
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Women in Space
3. Women in Space
October 14, 2014
Exploring the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program.
Women in Hollywood
2. Women in Hollywood
October 7, 2014
Featuring women of showbiz as they influence one of the country's biggest commodities: entertainment.
Women in Comedy
1. Women in Comedy
September 30, 2014
Featuring the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the "dangerous" comedy of '70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today's multifaceted landscape.
Where to Watch Makers
Makers is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Makers on demand at Google Play, Hoopla and PBS.
  • Premiere Date
    February 26, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (141)