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Women Who Make America

The program tells 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.

The program brings this story to life with priceless archival treasures and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those first generations to benefit from its success. Trailblazing women like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey share their memories, as do countless women who challenged the status quo in industries from coal-mining to medicine.

Makers captures with music, humor, and the voices of the women who lived through these turbulent times the dizzying joy, aching frustration and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down.

Each year, WCNY invites the community to nominate women who make a difference in the community for the local Makers: Women Who Make America awards. Nominations are collected from throughout WCNY’s 19-county broadcast area; Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Otsego, Schyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates.

WCNY hosted an awards ceremony for “Makers: Women Who Make America” honorees March 7 at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls. Honorees were evaluated on how they impact their communities and shape today’s America in arts, business, community activism, education, medicine, sports and volunteerism.

The awards also represent a local collaboration with the AOL and PBS national documentary, “Makers: Women Who Make America”, to be broadcast at 8 p.m. March 2, 9 and 16 on Plus, at 7 p.m. March 9, 16 and 23 on World and at 10 p.m. March 17, 24 and 31 on WCNY. WCNY’s local public affairs show “Insight” will feature the honorees in a special program. The show airs at 9 p.m. Fridays on WCNY (24.1) and is available online at

Winners will be featured on WCNY radio and television, social media, WCNY’s website and in an upcoming issue of The WCNY Magazine.


Mary Alice Bellardini

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Glynis Hart

Dr. Leslie Kohman

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