Makers: Women Who Make America is a 2013 documentary film about the struggle for women's equality in the United States during the last five decades of the 20th century.The film was narrated by Meryl Streep and distributed by the Public Broadcasting Service as a three-part, three-hour television documentary in February 2013.Makers features interviews with women from all social strata, from politicians like Hillary Clinton and television stars like Ellen De Generes and Oprah Winfrey, to flight attendants, coal miners and phone company workers.In 2014, PBS commissioned season 2 of Makers: Women Who Make America, a six-episode series that would expand on the themes of the 2013 documentary, as a continuation of PBS's broader Makers partnership with AOL.Project founder and executive producer Dyllan Mc Gee of Mc Gee Media began what eventually became the Makers project in 2004.Originally, Mc Gee set out to make a film about Gloria Steinem, but Steinem turned down the proposal."She didn’t want it to be all about her – she wanted the bigger picture", Mc Gee recalls.The first part of the film begins in the 1950s and 1960s ("Awakening"), and follows the impact of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique (1963) on women in the United States.
Judy Blume is featured, remarking that women "went to college; In case God forbid they had to go to work." During the 1950s and 1960s, it was looked down upon for any woman to have the job of a man.
Gloria Steinem remembers, "You were supposed to be pretty and happy all the time." She didn’t remember any serious or smart women during those years.
During World War II, women worked in factories because so many of the men were gone.
The second part takes place in the 1970s ("Changing the World"), and covers the sexual revolution and abortion debate.
The third and last part of the film ("Charting a New Course") ends in the 1980s and 1990s, and discusses issues facing women in the workforce, violence against women, the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination and sexual harassment.
Makers was produced by Storyville Films in partnership with Kunhardt Mc Gee Productions and WETA-TV, and sponsored by AOL.