One of AOL's proudest achievements is launching MAKERS.com
: the multiplatform video initiative that recognizes the pioneering contributions by women over the last 50 years – both known and unknown – from trailblazing women of today and tomorrow.
This week marked a milestone, as Lisa Leslie
was released as the 200th
MAKER. The Olympic gold medalist, three-time WNBA MVP and co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks joined other groundbreakers that have initiated change, been firsts-in-their-fields and paved the way for those who followed. Now on MAKERS.com, Leslie's 16 short-form videos offer intimate accounts of her journey from a six-foot seventh grade basketball player, how she changed the game of women's professional basketball as the first female to dunk the ball, and how she overcame the challenges of competing in a male-dominated sport. Leslie's stories will be part of the online living library that highlights a new generation of women who are driving social change today.
The premiere of Leslie's video coincided with Women's Equality Day on August 26 – the date when the 19th
Amendment officially granted American women the right to vote in 1920. To mark this occasion, MAKERS has showcased key moments in women's history – from Carol Burnett
becoming the first woman variety TV show host to Nancy Pelosi
becoming the first female Speaker of the House in US history – in this infographic
MAKERS is also asking people everywhere a question: Why do women's stories need to be told? Print the MAKERS PDF, write in your answer, and post a picture of you with your answer to the Facebook page with your name, age, and where you're from, or share it on Twitter with hashtag #200MAKERS.
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