Our mission is to tell the stories of women’s achievements and contributions that have been left out of the narratives of United States history. By restoring the historical narrative, we intend to help change the underlying societal perspectives about women in our country.
Carlotta Walls LaNier
The youngest of the Little Rock Nine, she was also the first female African-American graduate of the formerly all white Central High School in Arkansas.
Ledbetter sued the Goodyear company for equal pay. Her case went to the Supreme Court, and led to legislation that helps protect all women from discriminatory pay practices.
Huerta founded United Farm Workers and fought for better conditions for farmworkers. founded United Farm Workers. She won the Congressional Medal of Freedom in 2012.
This Chinese-American Scientist did ground-breaking work in nuclear physics. Shiung Wu was passed over for the Nobel Prize, which was given to her male peers for the same work.
Women are largely missing in the telling of history. Studies of middle and high school curricula find that even the most inclusive textbooks contain at most, only 10% about women’s role in history. In another telling statistic, of the 5,000 public statues of historical figures in the US, only 400 are of women. Until now, generation after generation did not learn about women’s contributions in school, and significant representations of important women have simply been absent in our public sphere.
The American HerStory Project aims to fill in the blanks by delivering powerful new narratives revealing women’s roles in shaping our history, providing the momentum for a cultural shift in the way women’s contributions and place in society are understood.
THE TIME IS NOW
We are living in a new era of feminism. Women have a stronger voice than ever before and their demand for a more equal world is creating a new age for women and girls. As we are inspired and energized by this wave of activism, we find ourselves asking “what’s next”?
We believe the movement needs to establish roots to truly take hold; roots that can be found in the American HerStory project.
The stories of women throughout our country’s history will provide a bedrock of stories and information to help focus today’s new energy and momentum. We will restore the historical narrative, giving life and voice to women’s stories – profound reference points for all of society to understand the past in order to redefine the future. This is the moment for women to take their place as true equals in society and to be welcomed as such.
After forty years in the electric utility industry, electrical engineer Jill S. Tietjen has turned her focus to advocating for women worldwide as an author and speaker. She has published eight books on women’s issues, including the best- selling Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, and the Setting the Record Straight series, which explores the history of women in accounting, engineering, and professional achievement. Her latest book is Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies. Jill empowers women in her role as philanthropist, mentor, and awards nominator, and is also a frequent keynote speaker at engineering, science, and women’s conferences. She is an inductee into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.
Three-time Telly Award-winning filmmaker, Sue Vicory, is a graduate of the New York Film Academy. She founded the "Women Documentary Filmmakers" website, and she is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors, based in Los Angeles. Sue has served as a judge for both the Regional and National Emmys, and is a frequent panelist and moderator at the Sundance Film festival. Her narrative film Absent won first place in the Audience Choice Awards at the San Diego film festival and won a 2015 Telly Award. Sue founded the production company Heartland Films, Inc. in 2003. She lives and works in Kansas City.
Emmy Award-winning editor and producer Brian Doubleday was co-producer of the 1999 feature film Instinct, starring Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding Jr. He was a producer for the XIII Olympic games in Lake Placid, and wrote and produced numerous PBS shows, Doubleday won an Emmy for producing and directing a television series seen on PBS stations across the nation called Venturing - 13 half-hour programs documenting the perils and joys of entrepreneurship. He also wrote and produced the Emmy nominated 4-part series, The New Workplace, which profiled so-called enlightened workplaces. Brian was also the producer and writer of the popular PBS show Joy of Gardening. He is cofounder of Greenworks Video, based in Denver.
Executive Director, Fascinating Learning Factory
Fascinating Learning Factory is a Colorado non- profit corporation, created in 2000 with the mission of creating engaging, entertaining and factually accurate educational media for all ages. FLF has enthusiastically signed on with American HerStory as fiscal sponsor to give donors an added incentive to participate in this important historical project. Executive Director Bunnie Strassner has a long history in media, as a talent agent and personal manager in both New York and Hollywood and an award-winning writer/producer in Boulder, Colorado.
Marcie Cecil is a seasoned event producer with a long career in event design and production, advocacy and mentorship. Over the past 40 years, she was a driving force in the convention and tourism industries. She founded her own event production and design company, Hammack Cecil Events. For 20 years the company produced over 1,000 entertainment and marketing events for industry-leading national corporations and conventions. She was the Entertainment Editor for both KMBZ Radio, on air and Ingram's Magazine. Since resettling in San Diego, Marcie continues her active role in community activism and business mentorship. She has worked as a consultant and advisor to young female entrepreneurs and local non-profits, such as The Children's Museum, Mother Teresa’s Friends of the Poor, Community Gardens and Urban Street Angels.
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist
“Each time a girl opens a book and finds a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.”
Myra Pollack Sadker, Educator
“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up.”
Serena Williams, Professional Tennis Player
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist
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