A movie about ambition
Many women battle a bias that is eroding their ambition. There are mountains of research (study after study…after study) that 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. And, this phenomenon affects women across professions.
Why the dashed expectations?
Pioneers in Skirts is an engaging social conscious documentary that 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.
As ambitious women are forced to maneuver a work-world built for company men, Ashley wastes no time planning her escape while clearing a path for the women coming up fast behind her.
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Running time: 60 minutes
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Pioneers in Skirts is an engaging examination of gender parity in the workplace from the perspective of a female filmmaker who was frustrated with her own problems in the film industry.
Not finding many answers within her profession, she decides to expand her search to include other industries and society in general.
In an inspiring portrait of perseverance and determination, director Ashley Maria not only shares her own story, but she follows the journey of 3 robotic girls and their fathers as well as a young mother – all while traveling the U.S. to investigate solutions, speaking to fellow pioneering women and interviewing topic experts.
By the end of her quest, Ashley finds out 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.
What does a filmmaker do if she wants to overcome an issue she’s having in her life? Well, she makes a movie about it.
Soon after I started my directing career in Los Angeles, I knew I needed to make an honest film that investigated the shocking experiences I was having. I wasn’t prepared for what was happening and quickly realized this was a very big issue for women everywhere – not just in the film industry. It was much bigger than me.
The issue? The sexism and stereotyping that can prevent women from reaching their full potential.
Pioneers in Skirts grew into an overarching search for strategies to advance gender parity. My hope is for the film to be utilized to help create a world where ambitious women & girls can pursue their careers without having to combat bias in their lives — and where companies will achieve diverse and inclusive work cultures.
After 4 years of following pioneering women and gathering the facts, I am excited for the impact this film will have – not just for women or the film industry – but for cultures wanting to play a role in dramatically changing the outcome for women today and the next generation.
I’m proud to share that, after targeted test screening results from around the country, Pioneers in Skirts has proven to motivate viewers to re-evaluate the world around them and their place in it. Viewers share that they now empathize with women and what they are confronted with on a daily basis, and they leave the film wanting to take steps toward change. They want to make a difference.
We ALL can play a role in pioneering change!
~ Ashley Maria
|Washburn International Film Institute Film Festival||Topeka, Kansas||April 3, 2020||Featured Presentation, post-screening conversation with Director Ashley Maria|
|Nevada Women’s Film Festival||Las Vegas, Nevada||March 19-22, 2020||Nevada Premiere|
|Women in Aerospace, Canada||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada||March 4, 2020||International Women’s Day event|
|California Business and Professional Women’s Organization||Van Nuys, California||February 28, 2020||Post-screening conversation with Director Ashley Maria|
|Worldwide Women’s Film Festival||Scottsdale, Arizona||February 7-9, 2020||Best Documentary Feature, Arizona Premiere, post-screening conversation with Director Ashley Maria and Producer Lea-Ann W. Berst|
|USC Ray Stark Family Theatre||Los Angeles, California||January 30, 2020||USC Premiere, post-screening “Ambition in Film” panel|
|Big Syn International Film Festival||London, England||December 26-30, 2019||Selected UN Sustainable Development Goal Film|
|DTLA Film Festival||Los Angeles, California||October 23-27, 2019||Best New Director, Official Movie Launch, Los Angeles Premiere, post-screening “Inclusion in Film” panel|
|Black Bear Film Festival||Milford, Pennsylvania||October 18-20, 2019||Milford Premiere|
|Mystic Film Festival||Mystic, Connecticut||October 2-6, 2019||Mystic Premiere|
|Catalina Film Festival||Catalina Island, California||September 1-30, 2019||Spotlight Debut|
|FLIXX Fest Film Festival||Ft. Jones, California||September 19-22, 2019||Curator’s Choice Award, Fort Jones Premiere|
|Women Deliver Film Festival||Vancouver, Canada||June 3-6, 2019||Preview Screening|