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English | 60-min runtime
Closed captioning: English
Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian, Arabic


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RUNTIME: 60 Minutes 

LANGUAGE: English 

CLOSED CAPTIONING: English  SUBTITLES: Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian, Arabic

(see "How to Watch the Film" for subtitle access instructions)

LOGLINE: Pioneers in Skirts is an engaging examination of gender parity in our culture 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.

Major themes in the film:

1. The best ways to support women and girls who struggle with unfair career-limiting obstacles and setbacks

2. How each of us can be more aware of perpetuating bias & sexism in the culture we live, work, and learn in

3. The approach we all can take to be better allies for our female friends, co-workers, and classmates

4. What workplaces and co-workers can do to make the work environment more equitable and welcoming for all


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1. Select the Subtitle/Closed Caption icon at the bottom of the menu. 

2. Choose English closed captioning or a subtitle: Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian, Arabic.


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Empathy can be great fuel for action.

If you've just finished watching Pioneers in Skirts and you're now feeling powerful emotions and illuminated with new perspectives, you may be thinking, “What can I do? How can I make a difference?

If you want to treat diversity and inclusion as a top priority, you can start by --

  1. Seeking out ways to increase the visibility of female employees and support the development of more female leaders.
  2. Sponsoring women and allying with women. Give your personal capital to them. Work to push the bias and sexism away from women before it can affect them.
  3. Noticing and correcting instances of unconscious bias and inappropriate behavior in a safe, respectful manner. 
  4. Helping to get work-life balance respected and accepted. If you're in a position of power -- try to model alternative work/life strategies. Publicly show that you're leaving for a Dr. appointment, to attend a family event or an exercise class.
  5. Establishing metrics to diversify new employee interviews, hires, promotions, internship programs, as well as the diversification of a project team.
  6. Being a partner or relative who shares the care for children, elderly parents, or pets. Give women the time and energy to advance their careers, earn more money and enjoy leisure activities. 
  7. Paying interns. Paying women what they deserve. Supporting films with women as leads and directors.
  8. Using these resources that other #PioneersforChange have been using to lift up girls, self-evaluate themselves, and host fun and productive movie screenings.
  9. Finding other ways to help us get this movie seen! Six Ways You Can Watch the Film Again
  10. Helping us promote the movie. Provide a testimonial that we can share:

After you watch the film, take the Pioneers in Skirts Post-Screening Impact Survey.

Why it's important to us that you do:

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused setbacks in many dimensions of gender equality. The pandemic has revealed, and exacerbated, many of the hidden inequalities that many women & girls face. It has created a new sense of urgency to critically examine approaches like solving pay gaps, balancing responsibilities at home, and promoting women into leadership.

It's clear that transformative action is needed to create a post-pandemic world that benefits all women and girls. But–this effort can be significantly compromised without quantitative & qualitative data and evidence to work with.

The Pioneers in Skirts Impact Survey gathers anonymous information about where people are in their "transformative" journey. When we reach 1000 survey responses, we'll be able to start to share our results with organizations focused on building a more equal world for all.

It takes just a few minutes to complete the survey.

In return for your help, you will receive a special Pioneers in Skirts discount code for a future screening in your community! Thank you in advance for playing your part.

The purchase that gives back!

100% of the proceeds from the sale of any of these promotional items will go back into the films' impact efforts.

From shirts to cups to tote bags, we have an incredible list of options. Check it out at our online store:

Join our Impact Groups

  1. Support each other, individually. Share stories in the LinkedIn Group: Pioneers in Skirts Impact Group
  2. Share resources and knowledge of what works in the Facebook Group: Pioneers for Change Impact Group 

Changemakers need support. We know we do.
You can support us by watching the film, talking about it, and move towards actionable change. Say hi to us in our social pages too! We'll definitely read what you say. We'll respond. And we'll really appreciate it :)

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Additional Information

1. Watch the Movie Trailer

2. Take the Pioneers in Skirts Post-Screening Impact Survey.

3. Non-profit organizations that are focused on building a post-pandemic world that benefits the ambitions of ALL women and girls can apply for the Pioneers in Skirts Global Impact Movie Relay.

Recipients receive a valuable tool to add to their arsenal–a FREE movie Watch Party with the filmmakers.