A movie about ambition

Many women battle a bias that is eroding their ambition. Mountains of research (study after study…after study) reveal women start out their careers with more ambition than men, but as soon as 2 years out of college women’s confidence and ambition plummets by over 60%. These declines came independent of marriage or motherhood status. This phenomenon affects women across professions.

Why the dashed expectations?

Pioneers in Skirts is a social conscious character-driven documentary addresses 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.

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What People 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.
Female, 26 year old just starting out in her career

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!

Male, Tech industry professional, husband, brother
Pioneers in Skirts is eye opening! Relevant…at times raw. Definitely important to see.
Female, 25 year old just starting out in her career
There’s a sense of realness and authenticity that’s different than a lot of films. This film just feels relatable.
Female, 25 year old just starting out in her career
It’s such an important film, especially today. Everybody can see their role in the problem.
Male, Father of a teen girl

When they watch the film, I can see that women who are struggling will feel like they are not alone. I just love that.

Female, Education professional

This was an eye opening look at how women are treated in society and the changes that need to be addressed.

Female, Medical industry professional

If an organization is open to the idea of change, this film can offer opportunity to begin new conversations around the issues.

Female, Tech professional

I really like that men are shown as a part of the solution!

Female, Education professional

Images and Videos

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 higher resolution version or a specific kind of image that is not shown.

The Producers

Behind the Scenes in Raleigh, NC

Ashley & Lea-Ann
Raleigh, NC

Teens

Pioneers in Skirts sign

Maddy Iman Sophia
Charlotte, NC

Women in Film

Filmmakers in Hollywood

Filmmakers
Los Angeles, CA

Lucy Sanders

Behind the Scenes in Colorado

Lucy Sanders – NCWIT
Boulder, CO

Brad Feld 1

Brad Feld - NCWIT

Brad Feld – NCWIT
Boulder, CO

Brad Feld 2

Brad Feld Colorado

Brad Feld – Foundry Group
Boulder, CO

Norman Lear

Behind the Scenes - Norman Lear

Ashley and Norman Lear
Hollywood, CA

Joan Darling

Ashley and Joan Darling
Hollywood, CA

Kickstarter Actors

Behind the Scenes - Kickstarter video

Child Actors
Los Angeles, CA