Who's In the Film

Pioneers in Skirts follows three teen girls on a co-ed robotics team facing an upcoming state-wide competition, a new mom fearful her pregnancy news will fault her raise negotiations, and Ashley – our director – who finds herself doubting her aspirations, even though she had been dreaming of this career her entire life.

Focusing on various elements to help make this story relatable, Pioneers in Skirts dives into the Film Industry and the Girls Who Dream Big cultural narrative while also offering People with Experiences and Facts to share and Cultural Moment clips from popular television shows and films – all to build the audience’s empathy necessary for change. Television icons Joan Darling and Norman Lear as well as up-and-coming female film directors help set the scene of what is happening to women as they start their careers. 13-year-old teen girls and their fathers open up about what it is that causes a girl’s confidence to shatter, and industry leaders and topic experts share actionable steps that we all can take to resolve these issues.

Featured in The “Film Industry” Story

With their participation in the film, our audience empathizes with the topic and experiences first-hand how we ALL can impact the outcome for today’s generation of pioneering women.

Joan Darling

Director, Writer, Actor, Sundance Advisor

Norman Lear

Television Producer, Writer

Ashley Maria

Director, Producer, Writer

Mindy Bledsoe

Director, Producer, Writer

Asha Dahya

Director, Writer, GirlTalkHQ

Jess Blaise

Director, Producer, Writer

Bridget Stokes

Director, Producer, Writer

Brea Grant

Director, Writer, Actor

Jenn Duong

Director, Producer, Immersive Storyteller

Featured in The “Girl’s Who Dream” Story

Lia Schwinghammer

Executive Director, Queen City Robotics

Madeline Yara

Student -- UNC Chapel hill

Iman von Briesen

Student -- Duke University

Sophia Schwinghammer

Milwaukee Ballet II

Jake Yara

Madeline's Father

D.I. von briesen

Iman's Father

Jerry Schwinghammer

Sophia's Father

James King

Teacher, Charlotte engineering EC

Shared their experiences & the facts

Lily Johnson

Media Buyer, M2

Kat Cole

COO, Focus brands

Sarah Bird

CEO, Moz

Lucy Sanders

Co-founder, NCWIT

Brad Feld

Co-founder, Foundry Group

Emily Rollins

Partner, Deloitte & Touche

Liz Pearce

CEO, Fresh Chalk

Jane Park

CEO & Founder, Tokki

Michelle Goldberg

Partner, Ignition Partners

Heidi V. Brown

Major General, U.S. Army

Jenn Mann

Executive V.P., SAS Institute

Andresse St. Rose

Senior Researcher, AAUW

Catherine Hill

V.P. Research, AAUW

Host a screening of this 60-min documentary film to raise awareness for cultural biases and take action! CLICK HERE to find out how YOU can screen Pioneers in Skirts at work, school, or your favorite community organization.