Beyonce may have famously sang that girls run the world but these 15 inspirational bad ass women are defining contemporary American culture as portrayed in PBS’ “American Masters: The Women’s List.” The documentary which features interviews with Chicagoans Nia Wordlaw -a pilot for United Airlines and one of approximately 25 black female pilots flying for a major airline, Hollywood powerhouse Shonda Rhimes as well as Rosie Perez, Sara Blakely, Elizabeth Holmes, Madeleine Albright, Alicia Keys, Betsey Johnson, Edie Falco will air this Friday 9/26 on PBS & locally on WTTW.
“Nobody ever asks a man how he gets stuff done. Nobody asks a man how he finds balance.” – Shonda Rhimes
“I believe in the unlimited power of women in the context of science and engineering.”
PBS “American Masters: The Women’s List.” from filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders “focuses on these individuals’ exceptional achievements, struggles and identities. All trailblazers in their respective fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard and their influence felt. Toni Morrison opens the film with a reading of an introduction she wrote specifically for The Women’s List.”
“There is no modernity and no justice without the talent, the passion, and the steely intelligence of women.” – Toni Morrison
So who are these 15 women?
- Madeleine Albright was the first woman to serve as the United States’ Secretary of State (1997 – 2001)
- Shonda Rhimes is the creator, head writer, executive producer and showrunner of the medical drama television series Grey’s Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice, political thriller series Scandal. Rhimes also serves as executive producer for legal series How to Get Away with Murder. #TGIT
- Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx is an American businessperson and as of 2014 named the 93rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
- Betsey Johnson is an award-winning fashion designer who started her career in New York City in the 60s
- Rosie Perez is an Oscar-nominated actress who started her performance career as a dancer
- Nia Wordlaw is one of the few African-American female pilots flying for a major airline in the U.S. today.
- Nancy Pelosi is the only woman to have served as the House Speaker and to date is the highest-ranking female politician in American history.
- Aimee Mullins is an athlete, actress and fashion model, who first became famous for her athletic accomplishments nd has become one of the most prominent thinkers on the topic of prosthetic innovation.
- Elizabeth Holmes is to date, the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire to date. An entrepreneur, scientist and the CEO of Theranos, a blood test company, which she founded in 2003 at age 19 while she was a chemical engineering major at Stanford University.
- Alicia Keys is a 15-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer.
- Edie Falco is an Emmy®-winning actress
- Laurie Anderson is an experimental performance artist, composer and musician. Anderson is a pioneer in electronic music and has invented several devices that she has used in her recordings and performance art shows.
- Gloria Allred is a leading women’s rights lawyer
- Margaret Cho is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author and singer-songwriter
- Wendy Williams is a media personality, actress, comedian, author and a daytime talk show host
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