Let’s Change The World, Together

We all have to unapologetically own our individual power. And use it to lift up others. We have to tackle the barriers we face from power structures but also seize the opportunities they present. And we have to harness the power of collective action, and the power of many. I urge you to wake up every day and ask yourself, “how am I going to use my power to create a more gender equal world.” Katja Iversen President/CEO of Women Deliver

Our story

Our story is one of a daughter and her mother —

With years of studio and independent production experience under their belts, Ashley and her female colleagues started to notice they were consistently turned down for jobs because of being “inexperienced women-directors.” Lea-Ann, Ashley’s mother, was shocked to discover that her DGA award-winning daughter’s struggles looked a lot like the struggles she had 40 years ago!

And, years of championing young girls to be and do anything wasn’t working.

The daughter-mother duo picked up their cameras to share Ashley’s story; revealing the career obstacles she and many other women still have to deal with today.

Pioneers in Skirts is an engaging examination of gender parity in the workplace, with an ending that features 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.

#BEtheChange #BEaPioneer

Who’s in the film? Ashley Maria, Joan Darling, Brea Grant, Norman Lear, Kat Cole, Brad Feld, and many more!.

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