Feb. 21 | An Evening at WKAR: Makers -- Women Who Make America

Feb 7, 2013

FREE – Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m. | See a short preview of the upcoming documentary Makers: Women Who Make America with guest Mary Ellen Sheets | RESERVE SEATS HERE

The women whose contributions have made America what it is today are the subject of Makers: Women Who Make America. WKAR guests will have the opportunity to view the first hour of this film during an Evening at WKAR on Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m. on the Michigan State University campus.

Following the video, Mary Ellen Sheets, founder of Two Men and a Truck International, will lend her insight into issues presented in the program and offer her own perspective as a woman entrepreneur.

The full evening with screening and discussion will be about 90 minutes, and will include light refreshments and the opportunity to win prizes from WKAR.

Mary Ellen Sheets

About Mary Ellen Sheets

Mary Ellen Sheets’ two sons started a small moving business in high school to earn extra money and when they left for college, Sheets decided to continue the business from her home. From an investment of $350 for a truck and two employees, the business has grown to have more than 200 locations worldwide, in 13 states, Canada and Ireland.

The recipient of numerous awards, her business model is based on giving back to the community through local service projects and charitable donations.

The Documentary
The film tells the story of how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country’s history, in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. 

Narrated by three-time Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, Makers: Women Who Make America takes its cue from the movement’s motto, “The personal is political,” delving into the personal lives of its subjects. The film is built from first-person, intimate accounts of women who experienced this time of change, including movement leaders such as author and feminist activist Gloria Steinem and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; opponents such as conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly; celebrities including media leader Oprah Winfrey and journalist Katie Couric; political figures such as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; business leaders such as Linda Alvarado, president and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc., and a co-owner of The Colorado Rockies; and many “ordinary” women who confronted the dramatic social upheaval in their own lives.

A Personal Perspective

Through the perspectives of those who lived through historic milestones, Makers: Women Who Make America will recount the seminal events in the Women’s Movement, including the publication of The Feminine Mystique in 1963, the battles to end discriminatory laws and practices over the following decade, and Anita Hill’s testimony against Clarence Thomas before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991. It will also go much further, telling the surprising and unknown stories of women who broke barriers in their own chosen fields — from the coal mines of West Virginia to the boardrooms of Madison Avenue. And it will take the story to today, when a new generation is both defending and questioning the legacy of their mothers.

Free with Reservation
This event is free, but registration is required. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Evening at WKAR: Makers -- Women Who Make America takes place in the Communication Arts & Sciences Media Auditorium (Room 145), 404 Wilson Road on the campus of Michigan State University. Parking is free (after 6 p.m.) in the Trowbridge Road parking ramp, near the South, Main Lobby.

On the Air
Makers: Women Who Make America
airs Tuesday, February 26, at 8 p.m. on WKAR-TV.