Makers: Women in Politics

About This Episode


Women in Politics profiles the long, slow fight for female political representation over the last century, from the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013. Trailblazing leaders like Hillary Clinton; Barbara Mikulski; Olympia Snowe, the youngest Republican woman ever elected to the House of Representatives; and Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to serve in Congress, provide a backdrop for younger women like Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim-American woman elected to the Michigan House.

Today’s leaders in Washington, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the first female Senator from Massachusetts, Susan Collins (R-ME), who led the Senate in shaping a deal to end the government shutdown, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), currently the youngest woman serving in Congress, are also represented. Narrated by Alfre Woodard.

MAKERS is a digital and video storytelling platform that aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women's stories ever assembled. Through original interviews, MAKERS brings together well-known figures with the trailblazers that need to be known.