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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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Sarah Schulman

Novelist, Historian, Playwright
Inspired by Audre Lorde

One of the women who has had an enduring influence on my thinking is my college professor from Hunter College, Audre Lorde. In addition to being a writer, doer, lover and public intellectual, she was a great teacher. One day Audre told us to take out our notebooks and said, “Write this down! Write this down!…That you ‘can’t fight City Hall’ is a rumor being spread by City Hall…Write that down.”  That insight has given me strength many many times in my life and I have shared it with my students as well.

The POV documentary A Litany For Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde premiered on PBS in 1996.  Sarah Schulman teaches English at the College of Staten Island.

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