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Speaking on topics of recognizing sexism, learning to be better allies, and how to empower the next generation to be more inclusive.

Pioneers in Skirts is a film from a daughter-mother team: Director Ashley Maria and Producer Lea-Ann W. Berst.

After years of research and traveling the country to capture stories about overcoming unfair barriers, this daughter-mother duo offers your audience:

  • behind-the-scene stories of the making of the film,
  • personal journey perspectives in discovering their own ingrained biases, and
  • solutions for impacting positive change within our culture.

Pioneers in Skirts is a multi-award-winning documentary film about the obstacles that get in the way of pioneering ambition.

The film 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.

Equal for Equal

Topic ideas

  • Why we made the film: How the film found us; why a mother-daughter duo felt compelled to answer the question, “what will it take to achieve a gender equal world?”

  • Bias and sexism through an intergenerational lens: how each of us can be more aware of perpetuating bias & sexism in the culture we live, work, and learn in

  • The challenges of telling a story (when everything affects everything)

  • How to use story-telling for meaningful change: capturing reality and shaping the narrative at the same time

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

  • The approach we all can take to be better allies for our female friends, co-workers, and classmates

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

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The filmmakers travel around the globe to speak, and are accustomed to speaking via Zoom or other online meeting tools.

  • Ashley travels from: Los Angeles, CA USA
  • Lea-Ann travels from: Raleigh, NC USA

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