For Ishani and I making ‘it’ happen is tough. We have so many dreams, so many goals, so many simple to-do’s. But time… it passes by so fast. And some days it really is hard to know where exactly we’re headed or even what exactly we’re doing. Sometimes, we just need a little inspiration.

Enter makers. This AWESOME video initiative showcases the work, the struggles, and the stories of the incredible women who make America. From Hillary Clinton to Sheryl Sandberg to Barbara Walters, they’re all there. But what we loved even more were the videos and stories of the everyday groundbreakers– people like Katharine Wolf (she was a teaching fellow in one of our classes this year!) and Zainab Salbi— who really are making the world a better place. THEY inspire us.

If you need a pick-me-up, a little tap on the shoulder telling you to keep doing what you do, or just a little push, check out what these women have to say. Trust us, these women really are makers.


“I want to tell any young girl out there who is a geek in high school… I was a really serious geek in high school. It works out.” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

“You always think that you’re an imposter… As women we tend to try to be humble and put ourselves down in hope that someone recognizes all our strengths. But the reality is you have to recognize your strengths and tell people your strengths and be proud of them and just do what you do well.” – Katharine Wolf, President and CEO of Organ Jet

“The 19th century was about ending slavery and the 20th century was about ending totalitarianism; the 21st century is about ending the pervasive discrimination and degradation of women and fulfilling their full rights.” – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton


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