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“Makers: Women Who Make America” is a groundbreaking documentary that tells the story of women’s advancement in America over the past 50 years. It is built on an extraordinary archive of interviews with women who challenged the status quo in fields from coal-mining to medicine. Watch “Makers: Women Who Make America” online.

THIRTEEN asked New York City “Makers” what woman has inspired them. Visit www.thirteen.org/makers for more programs on women who have made an impact.

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Janet Mock

Writer and Activist
Inspired by Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera inspires me daily to be unapologetic about being a trans woman of color. She taught me through her legacy of work, from Stonewall to S.T.A.R., that our history as trans women fighting against police brutality, fighting against racism, poverty, classism and genderism, fighting to be heard and included is deep. Without Sylvia and the sisters she gloriously uplifted and fought alongside, I would not be here today.

Janet Mock, a writer and activist,is  currently at work on her book, Fish Food: A Memoir, which will be published by Atria Books in February 2014.

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