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A Movie About Ambition

Pioneers in Skirts® is an inspiring film about the obstacles that can limit a girl’s & woman’s pioneering ambition, and what we ALL can do about it.

The film is a catalyst for meaningful conversation about cultural bias, sexism, and unfair stereotypes.

Pioneers in Skirts follows Ashley’s journey as she examines the barriers and setbacks women confront in their careers. The problem: 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? Why the burn out…so soon!?

THIS is what Ashley was going through.

Admittedly, she was relieved to know she wasn’t alone.

Pioneers in Skirts is an engaging socially conscious documentary that examines WHY women and girls have dashed expectations, and 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.

Real-life stories and frank commentary leave viewers seeing their role in the solution, feeling hopeful, and motivated to act.

For the Press & Media

Video clips and images can be freely reproduced. We ask that the media credit images and videos to Ashley Maria Productions. Please contact us if you would like any of the images at a higher resolution.


  • Movie description, logline
  • Movie format, languages
  • Movie poster (+the story behind the design)
  • What’s a Pioneer?
  • Awards
  • Theme song
  • Crew credits


Pioneers in Skirts follows three teen girls on a co-ed robotics team facing an upcoming state-wide competition, a new mom fearful her pregnancy news will fault her raise negotiations, and Ashley (our director) who finds herself doubting her aspirations, even though she had been dreaming of this career her entire life. FEATURING

VIDEO – All video clips can be found on our Pioneers in Skirts Vimeo Channels.


Ashley & Lea-Ann


Pioneers in Skirts is from a daughter-mother filmmaking team dedicated to raising awareness for cultural biases and prejudices, empowering others to know that they aren’t alone, encouraging productive and meaningful discussions, and generating action. BIOS

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Lea-Ann W. Berst: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

Major Themes In The Film

SUPPORT: The best ways to support women & girls who struggle with unfair career-limiting obstacles and setbacks

AWARENESS: How each of us can be more aware of perpetuating bias & sexism in the culture we live, work, and learn in

ALLIES: The approach we all can take to be better allies for women & girls, co-workers, and classmates

BEING INCLUSIVE: What workplaces and co-workers can do to make the work environment more equitable and welcoming for all

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