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Pioneers in Skirts humanizes the metrics with story in order to move hearts. Are you developing a piece about the gender-bias and sexism that creates a barrier in a woman’s career? Interview Director, Ashley Maria and/or Producer, Lea-Ann W. Berst about what happened that caused them to travel the U.S. for 4 years in order to make this film. Find out what they learned from their expert interviews and pioneering women & girl on-camera conversations.
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Timeline: Pioneers in Skirts is currently in post-production.
Ashley grew up in a world where girls are taught to be powerful. They’re told, “If you dream it, you can be it.”
But, what happens when these dreamers grow up?
Now 27, Ashley knows she needs to pioneer her own path, have a strong work-ethic, and be motivated to succeed. Only a few years out of college, though, she’s beginning to feel held back and powerless.
Soon, she discovers she’s battling a bias that’s eroding her ambition and decides to grab her camera to look out at the world around her; revealing the career obstacles she and many other women still have to deal with today.
The film offers strategies to what realistically can be done about these obstacles, and how we all can play a role in dramatically changing the outcome for women today — and the next generation.
Pioneers in Skirts is a character-driven social impact documentary addressing 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.
Pioneers in Skirts is aimed at the woman who –
- feels she has done all the “right things” in college to position herself for success as she entered her first job,
- has high ambitions for her career and the life in front of her,
- is aware that she should own her own success but can’t understand (or get past) cultural and systemic challenges that hold her back,
- is feeling like a wall has come up in front of her…and she feels it is all her fault
- feels she is to blame and is wondering how she can “fix” herself.
Pioneers in Skirts has a secondary audience of parents & mentors who –
- want to help girls carve a successful career path,
- have already seen the girls in their lives begin to doubt their capabilities, and
- have agonized as to why the girls in their lives are dropping out of a career path that seemed to once energize them.
- Most recently: Meaningful Change: SendGrid’s Donation to Pioneers in Skirts
- And then there’s… ForbesMedia, Spectrum News, SUNY Canton Blog, ForbesBusiness/SAP, Return Path Release, Lenovo Blog, The Thin Difference, West Virginia Press, Women Worldwide, Data & Marketing Association, After Canton Magazine, and more…
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What Test Screeners Are Saying
The film is amazing at really driving home key points and helping us see the world in a new way. They do not point the finger and say “I cannot succeed because of this man” they say “there is an issue in society and i am going to be apart of the solution so we can all succeed.” I really loved it.
This movie is a refreshing, necessary reminder about the problems that exist in our society with respect to women and how they’re (mis)treated relative to men and my wife and I are both very glad to know that this is a project making its way towards mass distribution!
Pioneers in Skirts is eye opening! Relevant…at times raw. Definitely important to see.
There’s a sense of realness and authenticity that’s different than a lot of films. This film just feels relatable.
It’s such an important film, especially today. Everybody can see their role in the problem.
When watching the film, women who are struggling will feel like they are not alone. I just love that.
Lucy Sanders – NCWIT
Brad Feld – NCWIT
Brad Feld – Foundry Group
Ashley and Norman Lear
Ashley and Joan Darling
Los Angeles, CA