Pioneers in Skirts is a 60-min multi-award-winning impact documentary about the obstacles that get in the way of pioneering ambition. The film addresses the stereotyping and sexism that can chip away at a woman, limit her potential, and make her feel like she must re-think her dreams.


Pioneers in Skirts Movie Poster with Credits

LOGLINE: Pioneers in Skirts is a social impact film about the issues that affect a woman’s pioneering ambition. Real-life stories and frank commentary leave viewers seeing their role in the solution, feeling hopeful, and motivated to act.


Pioneers in Skirts is a feature documentary with an engaging examination of gender parity in our culture from the perspective of an ambitious 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 girls on a robotics team, their fathers, as well as a young mother going after her dream career – all while traveling the U.S., speaking to fellow pioneering women and topic experts who have solutions to share.

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, limit her potential, and make her feel like she must re-think her dreams.

Directed by DGA award-winning director Ashley Maria.

Release Dates

Official Release Date: August 2020
It was a global pandemic sort of release :)

Official Theatrical Release Dates:

– EDU-themed: Nevada Premiere: November 2022


Specs: Secure online streaming link, Blu-ray disc, DCP (digital cinema package)
Language: English | 60-min runtime
Closed captioning: English
Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian, Arabic

Movie Poster


The design goal for our movie poster was to express a feeling of optimism. Color elements, diverse faces — all strategically placed to help the viewer feel the hope this film brings. – read more

Press Kit

More information about the film and access to photos & promotional materials can be found here:

What’s A Pioneer?

A pioneer paves her own way, and leads the way for the next generation.  – read more about being a Pioneer

Movie Trailers

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30-sec: Watch/Embed link:


Directed by Ashley Maria

Produced by Lea-Ann W. Berst, Ashley Maria

Sound Edit by Amy Reynolds Reed

Composed by Alana 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 Elizabeth Yarwood

Written by Lea-Ann W. Berst, Ashley Maria

Graphic Design by Tom Bloczynski

Movie Theme Song “Freeway” by Mia Yara
(Listen to it on our Spotify playlist!)