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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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Timeline: June 4, 2019 Pioneers in Skirts screened a private fine-cut version of the film at the Women Deliver Conference & Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Today we are working towards having the film ready for distribution in mid-August 2019.
What’s Next? Once the film is in distribution, it will be available to screen at communities, schools and companies. We are currently looking at online streaming options. We ask that you sign up here to be notified when the film is distribution-ready AND invite us to speak at your event to talk about the film.
Pioneers in Skirts is an entertaining examination of gender parity in the workplace from the perspective of a female filmmaker who produced the film out of frustration with her own problems in the industry.
She and her crew traveled the U.S. to make this investigative documentary – weaving in relatable human stories with expert opinions.
The film expands to include other industries and society in general.
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…
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.
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.
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Lucy Sanders – NCWIT
Brad Feld 1
Brad Feld – NCWIT
Brad Feld 2
Brad Feld – Foundry Group
Ashley and Norman Lear
Ashley and Joan Darling
Los Angeles, CA