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Tell Us: Who Are the Women Who Make South San Francisco?

And watch "Makers," a landmark documentary featuring compelling stories about the women who have changed America—and the world.

Activists and authors. Diplomats and developers. Journalists and justices.

They’re all women who have blazed trails and shaped the world in which we live. And now they’re telling their stories in Makers: The Women Who Make America, debuting Tuesday, Feb. 26, on PBS.

The women featured in the landmark digital and video initiative from AOL and PBS represent everyday groundbreakers and high-profile pioneers. The documentary examines the movement for equality, and shows how change didn't come easy.

“It never, ever occurred to me that I could be Secretary of State,” says Madeleine Albright.

Who are the women who have lead the way in South San Francisco? Who do you look up to as a trailblazer in town? Tell us in the comments section below.

Makers is the “remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.”

In the documentary, feminist Gloria Steinem recalls the start of the women’s movement.

“We thought these injustices were so great, surely if we just explain them to people—[laughing]—they will want to fix them.”

And artist and activist Faith Ringgold offers a realization she discovered early on.

“You can’t sit around waiting for someone else to say you who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it.”

The world premiere broadcast is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. Eastern on PBS.

Kris February 25, 2013 at 06:15 PM
While growing up in South City our house was always the hang out for ALL the neighborhood kids. My moher wanted to be able to keep an eye on us, therefore she played host to our friends and schoolmates EVERYDAY. Now that I am grown with children of my own I delight in the fact that my mom had such a wonderful effect on these children as people come up to her all the time to say, "Thank you for being there for me when I was growing up!"
Harry E. Smith February 26, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Janet Ingersoll seems to fit this label very compellingly. As the dedicated and loving principal at Ponderosa School for decades, she is a strong example of a caring teacher/administrator who is an inspiration to more people than she knows. I am amazed that she still remembers the names of past students and parents many, many years after they were long gone from the daily school activities. I think this plainly shows her love and dedication to her job, students, and families!
Johnny and Robert February 26, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Only Liza Normandy has been there for my kids. So, I nominate her. Numerous other women in power amongst us have not only not helped my kids, but they have gone out of their way to hurt their education...

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