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MAKERS Spotlights Firsts in Journalism and Music

Sep 13, 2012, which launched in March showcasing women trailblazers of the past half-century, now features more than 130 video profiles and grows every week. The latest additions to the gallery: the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize, the first female senior editor of Newsweek and the first female solo act to win the Shortlist Music Prize when her album "The Greatest" was awarded Album of the Year.

Sheryl WuDunn is an investment banker, author, journalist, and international women's rights advocate. In 1989 she became the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize for her work at the Beijing bureau of the New York Times. She has co-written three best-selling books with her husband, the Times columnist Nicolas Kristof. She is currently a managing director at Mid-Market Solutions. In 1989 WuDunn joined the Times' Beijing bureau, where she and Kristof, whom she had married the previous year, teamed up to cover the Tiananmen Square massacre and several other major stories in China and Southeast Asia. Their work was recognized with the Pulitzer Prize, making them the first husband and wife team to receive the award.

Lynn Povich is an editor, journalist, and women's rights pioneer. In 1975, she became the first female senior editor in the history of Newsweek. She's currently co-chairwoman of the International Women's Media Foundation. Povich joined Newsweek as a secretary in the mid-1960s at a time when all the writers and editors were men and all the fact checkers, researchers, and secretaries were women. In 1970, the magazine decided to publish a cover story on the women's rights movement. Because they didn't have any female writers on staff, they had to hire a female writer from elsewhere to write the piece as a freelancer. Outraged, Povich and 45 other female staffers of the magazine sued for sex discrimination. The lawsuit and the publicity it created were a gigantic first step toward gender equality in the magazine business.

Chan Marshall
is a singer-songwriter also known by the name of her band Cat Power. The Atlanta-born musician found her musical voice as a teenager while jamming with other musician friends in a basement. In 1992, she moved to New York and two years later experienced her first big break when she opened for music artist Liz Phair. Known for her soulful, minimalist vocals and guitar, Marshall released her first album in 1995. In 2007, she became the first female solo act to win the Shortlist Music Prize when her album The Greatest was awarded Album of the Year. Her cover of "Sea of Love" was also featured on the 2007 movie soundtrack for the film Juno. Cat Power's latest studio album Sun released Sept. 4 to rave reviews.

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