Last year, a three part, three hour documentary called Makers: Women Who Make America aired on PBS. The documentary was narrated by Meryl Streep, and told the stories of numerous women who have had a significant impact on the history of this country, such as Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Katherine Switzer, Oprah Winfrey, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Debuting to rave reviews, Makers continued online over one hundred extraordinary women were profiled, and to date, the Makers initiative has racked up over 4 billion online impressions and over 60 million video views. Makers.com was recently named by Forbes as one of the top sites for women online, and a new six part documentary will debut later in 2014 on PBS.
Tomorrow I will be heading to Rancho Palos Verdes, California, for the first annual Makers Conference, happening February 10th – 12th. For 48 hours, participants, speakers, innovators, and leaders will be working together to discuss, debate, and try and define the agenda for women in the 21st century. Speakers include Gloria Steinem, Tim Armstrong, Sheryl Sandberg, Wendy Clark, Rory Kennedy, Martha Stewart, Geena Davis, Chelsea Handler, Marlo Thomas, and Gabrielle Giffords. If you are coming to the Makers Conference, then see you there! And if not, I’ll be tweeting away throughout the conference, so please follow the conversation @JackiZehner and at #Makers