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‘Pioneers in Skirts’ Documentary Takes on Gender Bias in the Workplace

'Pioneers in Skirts' Documentary Takes on Gender Bias in the Workplace

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Pioneers in Skirts

Logline: An honest look at the setbacks women face in their careers and the solutions to overcome them – through the eyes of the women experiencing them now and the women and men trying to change it. A film made by women, for women and supported by women and men.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Pioneers in Skirts” is a documentary film about a young woman on a journey to find out why her career aspirations have been turning into doubt and insecurity. When she learns that gender-related biases are at the core – and not as obvious as they were in the past, she sees that careers are much more complicated and difficult when a woman tries to have one.

An inspiring story of women pioneering in their careers, this film features impactful solutions women and men both can use to deal with, and improve upon, the challenges that working women face today.

Production Team:
Director/Producer/Co-Writer – Ashley Maria
[Maria was awarded the Directors Guild of America award for her film, “Friday Night Fright” in 2010. In 2014, she was featured by the DGA as a director who represents “the future of women in film.”]
Producer/Co-Writer – Lea-Ann W. Berst
Executive Producer – Brad Feld
Editor – Shannon Weiss
Cinematographer – Elizabeth Yarwood
Production Sound – Rebecca Chan

About the Film:
I’d hear things like, “Wow, you’re a woman and still accomplishing so much!” Why was I always referred to as a “woman director?” Why was I compelled to dress down—to not wear makeup or have an appearance that could be characterized as “girly?” After hearing my female counterparts express how they too were experiencing similar incidents and confirming an “uphill battle” in their careers, I decided it was time to find out why. I had to know, was it just us, just me? And then I had this life changing thought: what if this is normal?

Current Status: A 2016 premiere planned, we recently successfully completed our Kickstarter to fund our final interviews and director’s storyline shots, editing activities, and transition into post-production.

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