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Tell Us: Who Are the Women Who Make Watsonville?

And watch "Makers," a landmark documentary featuring compelling stories about the women who have changed America—and the world.

Activists and authors. Diplomats and developers. Journalists and justices.

They’re all women who have blazed trails and shaped the world in which we live. And now they’re telling their stories in Makers: The Women Who Make America, debuting Tuesday, Feb. 26, on PBS.

The women featured in the landmark digital and video initiative from AOL and PBS represent everyday groundbreakers and high-profile pioneers. The documentary examines the movement for equality, and shows how change didn't come easy.

“It never, ever occurred to me that I could be Secretary of State,” says Madeleine Albright.

Who are the women who have lead the way in Watsonville? Who do you look up to as a trailblazer in town? Tell us in the comments section below.

Makers is the “remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.”

In the documentary, feminist Gloria Steinem recalls the start of the women’s movement.

“We thought these injustices were so great, surely if we just explain them to people—[laughing]—they will want to fix them.”

And artist and activist Faith Ringgold offers a realization she discovered early on.

“You can’t sit around waiting for someone else to say you who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it.”

The world premiere broadcast is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. Eastern on PBS.

randy February 25, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Beyond any doubt, I would say Nancy Bilicich. WHY? Simple, she is a shining example of what women can do and she isn't afraid to stand up for it. She has gone toe to toe with the council, that is really something. Nancy, YOU are a woman who MAKES WATSONVILLE. You have taught me to stand up for what I believe and also not to give up. Randy...
David H. Perez February 25, 2013 at 05:41 AM
I second that Randy. "They" have tried to knock Nancy Bilicich down and keep her down, but she keeps stepping up and teaching us that we should never give up in our efforts to change the "status quo" that is ruining our town.
Steve Bankhead February 25, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Randy: I "third" your selection. Hemingway defined courage as grace under pressure, and that's exactly what Councilwoman Bilicich shows when fellow council members disrespect her for daring to study the council package, question staff recommendations, and often vote in opposition to the city hall-friendly council majority.
Wake Up Watsonville! February 25, 2013 at 05:04 PM
I concur with you both. Nancy Bilicich tirelessly works to better our community. She listens to the concerns of her constituents and sincerely addresses their needs. The other members of our City Government could actually learn about what "public service" is by observing and emulating her actions. We need a democratic process in the way we select our mayor, because I would vote for Nancy Bilicich hands down.

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