Kathleen Collins

Kathleen Collins deserves respect for managing to produce her feature film Losing Ground even before you consider that she achieved this in 1982 as an independent filmmaker. But what earns her place in history is that when she wrote and directed Losing Ground, she was one of the first African-American women to produce a feature length drama.

Amy Heckerling

Sometimes, a director makes a film that becomes engrained in the culture of a generation. It affects the slang, the fashion, and the attitude of popular culture. They launch superstar careers, images from the film become iconic, and scenes are parodied for decades to come. And in very rare cases, one director manages to repeat this feat. Amy Heckerling is one of those rare cases.

Penelope Spheeris

Called a Rock ‘n Roll Anthropologist screenwriter, producer, and director Penelope Spheeris has spent much of her career delving into the world of the social outsider.

Ava DuVernay

You are likely familiar with the name Ava DuVernay. As a filmmaker, she’s repeatedly made history as the first African-American woman to be nominated for and win multiple top awards. Her career has ranged through both fiction and documentary, and many different facets of the production process including writing, directing, and producing.

Gurinder Chadha

When describing her work, director Gurinder Chadha says, “I tell stories about people audiences might think they have nothing in common with…then they emotionally connect with them and find they’re not different at all.” Chadha is one the most successful directors in Britain, thanks in large part to the global success of her film Bend it Like Beckham.

Carrie Fisher

As a screenwriter and director, I’ve been inspired by many of the women we’re going to feature this year. But our first episode focuses on someone who was a role model for me and many others on so many levels. This week, I want to honor Carrie Fisher for her work as a screenwriter who used her gift for comedy and witty dialogue to flavor her sharp observations of the world around her.

The Mars Generation

Inspired by pioneers like Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, many young women are hoping to be chosen for that mission. Three of those hopefuls are Alyssa Carson, Abby Harrison, and Taylor Richardson.

Yvonne Brill

Yvonne Brill wanted to study engineering but had to settle for science and mathematics as the dean wouldn’t allow women in that department-but that didn’t stop her from becoming one of the world’s leading designers of jet propulsion systems.

Ruby Hirose

Biochemist Ruby Hirose made major contributions to the development of vaccines against infantile paralysis and found a way to improve the pollen extracts that help sufferers of hay fever.

Mary Sherman Morgan

Mary Sherman Morgan is said to have single handedly saved the US Space Program – but most people had no idea they work she did – including her own son who turned her story into a play and then a biography, Rocket Girl.

Susan Margulies

As a leader in the field of head and lung trauma and their impact on the human body, Dr. Susan Margulies is making great strides in understanding how our bodies respond to trauma.

Mary Fairfax Somerville

Mary Somerville was called “The Queen of Nineteenth-Century Science” after she overcame many obstacles, including family who believed she shouldn’t study math and science.