Makers: Women Who Make America


One Sunday night while doing homework my sister called me, frantic.

“Hurry!” she said, “Turn on PBS. There’s a documentary on that you will love.”

Trusting my sister’s taste in documentaries, I did what I was told. I flipped the channel to PBS just as the opening credits rolled to a documentary called Makers. I decided to ignore my homework for a few hours and glued my eyes to the television.

Makers tells the story of one of the most trailblazing revolutions in American history, as women asserted their rights politically, economically, and personally. This revolution occurred publicly, but also behind closed doors as women realized how silly it was that they should come from their job and work a second shift, making dinner, and then cleaning up. Equality revolutionized life in the public sphere as well as at home.

This documentary brings the revolution to life with amazing archival footage as well as incredible interviews from women who helped shape the movement, such as Gloria Steinem and Letty Cotton Pogrebin. It also features women who opposed the movement as well as first generation women who benefitted from the movement’s success, including Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and Hillary Clinton.

Colorado’s own Linda Alvarado, founder, CEO, and president of Alvarado Construction and co-owner of the Colorado Rockies is highlighted in the documentary as a successful business leader who had to continually prove to herself and everyone around her that she could “break the cement ceiling.”

I wish this documentary had discussed more at length on lesbian rights as well as how women today are trying to keep the movement going here at home and around the world. Despite its shortcomings, this documentary is full of pride for the many accomplishments made in a relatively short amount of time. Although we still have a ways to go, these women and many others paved the way for us to get there.

Makers is available for free viewing on


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