Pioneers in Skirts™

When a career-driven filmmaker experiences sexism and unexpected biases at the start of her career, she is shocked to feel a sudden wave of self-doubt come over her.

Ashley Maria, confused and feeling her ambition quickly disappearing, embarks on a personal journey, camera in hand, to find out what happened to her. Quickly learning she’s not alone in these experiences, Ashley takes on one of the biggest issues of our time: why are careers much more complicated and difficult when a woman tries to have one – and how do we change this?

Filmmaker Ashley Maria explores why she and so many women continue to be challenged to reach their career potential. Through interviews with topic experts, young women just starting their careers, and industry mentors, the film confronts the obstacles in a woman’s path and shows the audience how to create a culture of support and equal opportunity.

Lucy Sanders of NCWIT

Set to be released in 2016

Can’t wait for the movie to be released? We’re sharing sneak peaks in the Bonus Video area.

Director’s Statement

Woman on the Street Interviews


Finishing the film

Pioneers in Skirts depends on individuals, foundations and businesses to help with funding.

Supporters who provide funding and in-kind donations are not only our heroes,  they get their name in the credits of the film, and depending on the level of support, they may get their own title page!


Make your tax-deductible donation or learn more about other options for supporting Pioneers in Skirts.

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