Must Watch: MAKERS Documentary to Air February 26

makers documentary Ever since the MAKERS: Women Who Make America documentary appeared on our radar last summer, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the film’s air date. Mark your calendars for February 26, when this extraordinary film will be shown on PBS.

Created by filmmakers Dyllan McGee, Betsy West and Peter Kunhardt, MAKERS chronicles “one of the most sweeping social revolutions in its history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy,” according to the MAKERS blog.

The documentary is a powerful compilation of stories from women who led the fight, those who opposed it and those who became unintentional trailblazers, leading the way as they fought for change in all corners of society.

Consider the following quote from Oprah Winfrey, one of the featured voices in the documentary:

“In order to get people’s attention, you’ve got to blow a loud trumpet,” she says. “You’ve got to beat the drum loudly. Nobody listens to you when you go quietly into the night.”

The MAKERS documentary is that sort of loud drumbeat that makes us proud not only of these extraordinary women, but also of the incredible, visceral power of filmmaking. The trailer alone is a piece of art, a goosebump-inducing look into one of the most pivotal times in history from some of the most pivotal figures involved. Watch it now:

Watch MAKERS: Women Who Make America Trailer on PBS. See more from Makers: Women Who Make America.

You can bet that we already have Feb. 26 circled on our calendars! We’ll report our reactions in a follow-up post and we’d love for you to join the dialogue, too. After you watch the MAKERS documentary, stop back by the blog and let us know what you think.

And if you’re not sure how you’ll pass the time between now and the end of February, we suggest perusing the MAKERS website, a virtual treasure trove of videos and blog posts that feature stories from Marlo Thomas, Judy Blume, Jennifer Siebel Newsome and many, many more.

Kind of makes you want to crank up Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” and belt it out, doesn’t it?

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