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Meet Your MAKERS

Read on for 10 stories from famous women who are changing the gender conversation.

If you haven’t heard of the female movement that is MAKERS, then consider this your intro. Created in 2012, MAKERS is a digital collection of stories from women who make America, in particular, they are changing the way we think about gender in our society.

In their interviews, women of all backgrounds, career paths, and political views describe their paths to empowerment. From Judy Blume’s banned books to Robin Morgan’s anti-beauty pageant activism, these writers have sparked controversy—not to mention some of the most important conversations of our time.

Meet your makers.


 

Lena Dunham

Photo: Lena Dunham. Courtesy of Getty Images.

Lena Dunham:

“I don’t have a daughter, I have a dog. But I want to have a daughter, and I would like my daughter to see what I think is a realistic depiction of what … her life could be.”


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Susan Brownmiller:

“There’s no doubt that my activism gave me my subject in life as a writer … and I’m lucky about that. And I am so glad I was part of a great transformation of history.”


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Alice Walker:

“There are all these terrible things that can actually happen to us, and yet life is so incredibly magical and abundant and present that we can still be very happy.”


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Judy Blume

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Judy Blume:

“Don’t let anybody discourage you. If you feel it, if you need to do it, then you have to go out there even though they tell you you can’t do it.”


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Alix Kates Shulman:

“[Other feminists] were saying it was unjust that women were restricted to certain kinds of lives. Well, I always knew it was unjust, but no one had ever said it before. And so to me, it wasn’t something new; it was something spoken for the first time. And I knew that this was going to be my new life.”


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Sarah Silverman:

“I hope that the next generation of women will talk about anything. The way to win the battle of ‘women are funny’ is be funny. Be undeniably funny.”


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Nora Ephron

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Nora Ephron:

A Few Words about Breasts was an essay about growing up with small breasts in a culture where it seemed like the most miserable fate that could ever befall you. I joined a consciousness-raising group because how could I write about the women’s movement if I didn’t?”


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Robin Morgan:

“We had a huge trash can that we had festooned and decorated saying ‘Freedom Trash Can.’ And into it we threw bras, super high heels and dishrags and diapers and symbols of women’s oppression.”


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Shonda Rhimes:

“True equality isn’t ‘there’s a black woman on television the lead of a show.’  True equality is that there’s a woman on television who’s the lead of a show who gets to be flawed and smart and strong and make terrible mistakes and be completely three dimensional and she happens to be black. That’s true equality.”


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Maria Shriver:

“I had been kind of fighting for an equal place in my own home since I was little and then I [was] fighting for an equal place in my profession … so I just assumed that there were millions of other women out there like me.”


 

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