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Makers: Women Who Make America

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Inspiring survey of important women in U.S. history.

Movie PG-13 2013 180 minutes
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The primary value of this documentary's thorough survey of the women's movement and women's history in the United States is the variety and caliber of women who offer their stories. From Hillary Clinton talking about her experience in law school and then as First Lady, to Gloria Steinem recalling the first issues of Ms. Magazine, to Joan Rivers laughing about her first appearance on the Tonight Show -- these women are inspirational, funny, and incredible role models for young women and men.

The length of the documentaries along with the reliance on lots of talking heads make it slow going at certain points, though most of the sections speed along from one topic to the next fairly seamlessly. Teens with a healthy attention span and an interest in history will find lots of juicy stories told with plenty of humor, but also a recognition that the battles fought were not so far in the past. The website that accompanies the documentaries offers shorter clips from the episodes, which might be better fodder for younger viewers.

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