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The three-hour documentary MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MADE AMERICA, promises to tell “how women have helped shape America over the last fifty years…in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.” However, rather than provide a historical analysis of the reemergence of feminism as produced by social movements and social change, MAKERS, according to the film’s press release, focuses on “unforgettable moments in history” told through stories of “exceptional women whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live… stories of women who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those-- both famous and unfamous -- who were caught in its wake.” There may be much to praise in MAKERS as television, but it offers very little as a historical teaching resource at the college or high school level.


Author's submitted manuscript. Published in the Journal of American History:

Judith Smith, Makers: Women Who Make America, Journal of American History, Volume 100, Issue 3, December 2013, Pages 937–939,



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