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Pioneers in Skirts

Pioneers in Skirts follows a filmmaker’s journey as she examines the barriers and setbacks that women confront in their careers. There are mountains of research that reveal women start out their careers with more ambition than men, but as quickly as two years out of college, women’s confidence and ambition plummet by over 60%. This phenomenon affects women across professions.

In an inspiring portrait of perseverance and determination, director Ashley Maria not only shares her own story, but she follows the journey of three 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.

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Director: Ashley Maria
Producer: Lea-Ann W. Berst
Recommended: Ages 9 and older/Grades 4–Adults
Gender Equality