Pioneers in Skirts is an engaging examination of gender parity in the workplace from the perspective of a female filmmaker who was frustrated with her own problems in the film industry.
Not finding many answers within her profession, she decides to expand her search to include other industries and society in general.
In an inspiring portrait of perseverance and determination, director Ashley Maria not only shares her own story, but she follows the journey of 3 robotic girls and their fathers as well as a young mother – all while traveling the U.S. to investigate solutions, speaking to fellow pioneering women and interviewing topic experts.
By the end of her quest, Ashley finds out how we ALL can address the stereotyping and sexism that can chip away at a woman, hurt her potential, and make her feel like she must re-think her dreams.
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English | 60-min runtime
Closed captioning: English, Spanish
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A Pioneer — at her core, is a woman who owns her professional success by confronting the barriers she encounters along her career path. – more –
Pioneers in Skirts is a film from a daughter-mother team dedicated to fast-tracking the cultural change we need in order to achieve a gender equal world.
No stranger to bias, Lea-Ann entered her career at a time where she had to fight for many of her career achievements. Like many women, she assumed her struggles made it easier for younger women entering the workforce. But during a heart-felt conversation on a drive to the beach, her daughter Ashley revealed bias was alive and well, and eroding Ashley’s ambition.
This revelation led them both on a journey to get answers around what Ashley and her colleagues were experiencing. After seeing the data around current stereotyping and sexism, Ashley and Lea-Ann decided to pause their careers, pick up a camera and produce their documentary.
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, CO-WRITER
Pioneers in Skirts Director, Ashley Maria, is located in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, is the recipient of the prestigious Directors Guild of America award for her short film, Friday Night Fright, and most recently, she was recognized as the “Best New Director” at the DTLA Film Festival.
PRODUCER, ACTIVATION, CO-WRITER
Pioneers in Skirts Producer, Lea-Ann W. Berst, is a filmmaker and global activation marketer whose career spans Technology, Marketing Consulting, and now Film. She is the recipient of various leadership and business awards, including the prestigious IBM Award of Excellence and Triangle Women in Business Award/North Carolina.
Directed by Ashley Maria
Produced by Lea-Ann W. Berst, Ashley Maria
Sound Edit by Amy Reynolds Reed
Composed by Jordan Balagot
Sound Editing & Design by Devon Kelley at Skywalker Sound
Sound Mix by Vicki Lemar at Technicolor Post-Production Sound
Edited by Tiffany Hope, Ashley Maria, Crystal Lentz
Production Sound by Rebecca Chan
Cinematography by Liz Yarwood
Written by Lea-Ann W. Berst, Ashley Maria
Graphic Design by Tom Bloczynski
Movie Theme Song “Freeway” by Mia Yara