MAKERS Premieres on PBS
Last night, we celebrated the world premiere of MAKERS, a documentary that showcases trailblazing women who are changing the world we live in. From women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem to Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, the groundbreaking PBS film highlights compelling stories from today and tomorrow.
MAKERS is not only a documentary, it’s also a movement to pay tribute to the women who make a difference in a variety of ways. Our very own president and founder Esta Soler was featured in a series of videos about her work preventing violence against women, and the experiences that helped shape who she is today.
While working as a social worker in the 1970s assisting women in a drug treatment program, Esta became frustrated with the number of women who were being abused. At the time, domestic violence was not viewed as serious, pressing problem. She knew something needed to be done and made it her mission to shine a light on the issue and address it on a national level—through policy change, public education, and programs to assist survivors.
Watch Esta talk about some of her greatest accomplishments and experiences, from seeing Martin Luther King, Jr. speak for the first time in her hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut to playing an instrumental role in the passage of the first Violence Against Women Act in 1994.