A movie about ambition
We made the film to find out how we ALL can change what we think & do.
Pioneers in Skirts follows Ashley’s journey as she examines the barriers and setbacks women confront in their careers. Analyzing the stereotyping and sexism that can chip away at a woman’s pioneering ambition, this social impact documentary aims to show the audience what we ALL can do to change it.
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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Runtime: 60 minutes
We’re currently accepting online and in-person screening requests from communities, schools, non-profits, and companies/associations/conferences. Click here to find out how you can screen the film!
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.
Only PUBLIC screenings are listed in this section.
|Nevada Women’s Film Festival||Online viewing||June 25-28, 2020||Post-screening conversation with Ashley & Lea-Ann|
|IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference||Online viewing||June 23, 2020||Post-screening conversation with Ashley, Lea-Ann and IEEE President Kathy Land|
|Triangle Business and Professional Women’s Organization||Online viewing||May 7, 2020||Post-screening conversation with Ashley & Lea-Ann|
|University of Houston, Downtown Gender Conference||Online viewing||April 16, 2020||UHD University Premiere, post-screening conversation with Ashley & Lea-Ann|
|SAS Institute||Raleigh, NC||March 5, 2020||International Women’s Day event conversation with Ashley & Lea-Ann|
|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 Ashley|
|Worldwide Women’s Film Festival||Scottsdale, Arizona||February 7-9, 2020||Best Documentary Feature, Arizona festival Premiere, post-screening conversation with Ashley & Lea-Ann|
|USC Ray Stark Family Theatre||Los Angeles, California||January 30, 2020||University Premiere, post-screening “Ambition in Film” panel with Ashley & Lea-Ann and other filmmakers|
|DTLA Film Festival||Los Angeles, California||October 23-27, 2019||Best New Director, Festival Premiere, the official Festival Premiere, post-screening conversation with Ashley & Lea-Ann, “Inclusion in Film” panel event|
|Black Bear Film Festival||Milford, Pennsylvania||October 18-20, 2019||Milford festival Premiere|
|Mystic Film Festival||Mystic, Connecticut||October 2-6, 2019||Mystic festival Premiere, post-screening conversation with Ashley & Lea-Ann|
|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 festival Premiere, post-screening conversation with Ashley & Lea-Ann|
|Women Deliver Film Festival||Vancouver, Canada||June 3-6, 2019||Preview Screening, post-screening conversation with Ashley|