Late in 2012 we began investigating why women often face more of an uphill battle in their careers vs their male counterparts. We found several studies that show, as soon as 2 years out of college, a woman’s drive to succeed starts to plummet.
We spent 4 years filming character-driven stories where people confront and work to resolve this issue. Each is a pioneer for change.
A Pioneer — at its core, is a woman who owns her career success by challenging the barriers she encounters along her career path.
A pioneer paves her own way, and leads the way for the next generation.
We also feel a Pioneer is an employer or elected official who challenges outdated policy and law, and a man who is dedicated to being an advocate for women in the workplace.
Well, that was inspired by a 1950’s photo our director saw when she toured the Business and Professional Women’s Club of North Carolina state headquarters.
Director Ashley Maria was struck by the fact that the women in the picture seemed to not let the assumptions of the day (to wear dresses and skirts, hats and gloves) prevent them from grabbing a shovel and breaking ground.
These Pioneers fought and won many battles for the next generation —
Pioneers in Skirts® – the movie – wants to honor them, and recognize that without these pioneering women, women wouldn’t be where we are today.
The Next Wave
Today there is a new Pioneer confronted by the fact that she is not immune.
She has taken up yesterday’s baton.
She’s learning the history of those who paved the way for her.
She’s finding and working with allies, and she’s developing new methods and collaborative approaches to confront the sexism and bias she encounters.
We know this is a film that will feed into today’s “next wave” of feminism and aim to empower each and every Pioneer to grab her and his own shovel.
Let’s continue to break ground, together.