"Makers: Women Who Make America" Free Screening/Talkback

"Makers: Women Who Make America" Free Screening/Talkback

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, and the first African-American woman to run a Fortune 500 company.

Credit: Courtesy of Photo courtesy of MAKERS

WXXI and the Little Theatre host a free screening of a film that tells how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years. Tell Us Your Makers Stories!

Join WXXI and the Little Theatre for a special screening of Makers: Women Who Make America, which chronicles how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country’s history, in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. Rochester's own Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, and the first African-American woman to run a Fortune 500 company is one of the many women featured. The free screening will be held Monday, February 11, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Little Theatre. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and reception. Panelists include: Leslie Myers, Superintendent of Brockport Central School District; Ann Burr, President, Northeast Region, FrontierCommunications; and Daisy Rivera-Algarin, Senior Marketing Economic Development Specialist-Bilingual Spanish for the City of Rochester, in addition to being a founding member and immediate past president of Latina Unidas. 

Tell Us Your Makers Stories: The WXXI Listening Booth will be at the screening to collect local "Makers" stories, providing  community members the opportunity to come in and tell their stories about the exceptional women in their lives. WXXI also welcomes stories and photos submitted about exceptional local women that have made a difference. A web page dedicated to collecting these stories will be available soon. Submit Your Stories Today!

Makers shares the stories of exceptional women whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live and the film will continue to chronicle the stories of women who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those — both famous and unknown — who were caught in its wake. Makers: Women That Made America airs Tuesday, February 26 , 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 11 and 1011).

Narrated by three-time Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, Makers takes its cue from the Movement’s motto, “the personal is political,” delving into the personal lives of its subjects. The film is built from first-person, intimate accounts of women who experienced this time of change, including movement leaders such as author and feminist activist Gloria Steinem and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; opponents like conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly; celebrities including media leader Oprah Winfrey and journalist Katie Couric; political figures like former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and many “ordinary” women who confronted the dramatic social upheaval in their own lives.

Through the perspectives of those who lived through these historic milestones, Makers will recount the seminal events in the Women’s Movement, such as the publication of The Feminine Mystique in 1963, the battles to end discriminatory laws and practices over the following decade, and Anita Hill’s testimony against Clarence Thomas before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991. It will also go much further, telling the surprising and unknown stories of women who broke barriers in their own chosen fields — from the coal mines of West Virginia to the boardrooms of Madison Avenue. And it will take the story to today, when a new generation is both defending and questioning the legacy of their mothers.

This event is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.