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Are you writing an article or producing a piece about what’s holding women back in their careers? Are you wondering about what parents need to be doing today in order to carve a successful career path for their daughters’ future?  Well, we have a story for you.

Interview our daughter/mother team — Director, Ashley Maria and Producer, Lea-Ann W. Berst — about what we’ve learned during the past 5 years of speaking to and following people on camera. We share what we’ve learned.


DGA-awarded filmmaker, Ashley Maria, takes us on a nationwide journey to reveal the biases and obstacles women face in their careers, what realistically can be done about it, and how to dramatically change the outcome for the next generation. In a world where girls grow up believing, “if you dream it, you can be it,” as an adult, Ashley felt held back – her dreams slipping away. Determined to find a fix, she uncovers an empowering fact: she isn’t broken. Bringing in the experiences of other millennials like her, Ashley asks experts and achieving women how we all can take control of our careers in a backwards system. Watching Ashley apply the lessons she’s learned, we are brought back to how it all starts, and learn how women and men can instigate change for the next generation of pioneering women.


We want Pioneers in Skirts to elevate a conversation, advance the way organizations think about gender parity, and be a resource for advocates who want to support the women in their lives.   –Our Story–


Aimed at women who are feeling like a wall has come up in front of them as they start out in their careers, as well as at parents & mentors who want to help girls carve a successful career path, we want the film screened in educational venues, and want the film to instigate dialog and systemic change within companies and institutions looking to advance diversity and inclusion.


Pioneers in Skirts is currently in post-production, with a 2018 targeted premiere. –Meet the Team–


It’s very simple, our aim is to have the film make a positive impact.

  • FIRST: We are planning a worldwide premiere at a festival that seeks to foster equity, inclusion and diversity. After the premiere we would like to screen at several film festivals in order to attract different audiences who can engage in fruitful dialogue and challenge their own beliefs.
  • SECOND:  We would like to secure: broadcast distribution for shared home streaming and educational distribution to get our film into educational institutions

Our aim is to continue to screen in engaging, festival-type settings —

  • THIRD: We plan to then provide viewers with a custom festival-type experience of hearing and seeing the film in a theater. We’d like to activate experiential opportunities where participants learn to identify and confront sexism and bias in our culture. And, as they experience the energy of other people at the event, we want audiences to have an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and speak to people we feature in the film.

Audiences should feel free to dialog, ask questions, and hear insights about the entrenched cultural narratives that undermine fairness, tolerance, and inclusion.


Designed for our friends in the media, these images and video clips can be freely reproduced when credited to “Pioneers in Skirts® / Ashley Maria.”

VIDEO – Clips can be found on our Vimeo channel. We’ve organized the video clips into 4 buckets: Career Advice, General Purpose, The People in the Film, and Production Update Videos.

IMAGES – Here you’ll find a sampling of images relating to the movie. Please contact us if you need a specific image that is not shown.

Producers Lea-Ann Berst and Ashley Maria

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Interviewees Striking a Rosie Pose

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Ashley Maria

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Ashley Maria on set; directing the Norman Lear and Joan Darling interview.

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Producers Lea-Ann Berst and Ashley Maria

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Producers At White House Summit

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Daughter-Mother Producers

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