Vegas PBS Announces the Premiere of “Makers: Women in Nevada History” Featuring Local Women Who Helped Shape Nevada

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(Las Vegas) - Vegas PBS has partnered with the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to create Makers: Women in Nevada History, a three-part documentary series that chronicles the role of local women in building the communities of Nevada.

The series, which is modeled after the highly successful national PBS program Makers: Women Who Make America, will premiere Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 10 p.m. The series, narrated by Rita Rudner, will air in October to mark the centennial of woman’s suffrage in Nevada and celebrate the sesquicentennial of statehood. The women profiled in the series are both foremothers and contemporaries who have served as groundbreakers, activists and role models. Some names will be familiar, others less so, but all are deserving of recognition for substantial contributions to Nevada equality in government, industry and philanthropy.

“This groundbreaking series is a result of a robust partnership between Vegas PBS and the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada,” said Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell. “The work combines Vegas PBS’ production expertise, technological resources and distribution capabilities with WRIN’s extensive research and oral history collection to create an inspiring, educational and entertaining series that showcases important – and too often unknown – women in Nevada history.”

Each half-hour special will follow airings of the second season of national PBS’ Makers, featuring American women who were groundbreakers in significant spheres of influence — war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. premiering September 30). The Makers: Women in Nevada History episode lineup includes the following three episodes:


  • The Groundbreakers (premieres Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 10 p.m.): At the turn of the century, Nevada was a vast desert populated by small towns and a few residents. Discover some of Nevada’s earliest Makers in several influential industries including business and education, and learn how their impacts establish a strong foundation for future female leaders.
  • Moving Forward (premieres Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10 p.m.):It’s the 1960s and times are changing in Nevada and across the nation. Follow Nevada’s Makers as they enter emerging fields of gaming, construction and politics, and see how they navigate these tumultuous times to become successful leaders, business professionals and supporters of their communities.
  • Into the Future (premieres Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 10 p.m.):Today, Nevada’s modern Makers play significant roles in political and professional communities throughout Southern Nevada. Meet the women who are working to improve our state’s communities right now and well into the future.

Leadership sponsorship of Makers: Women in Nevada History is provided by The Eleanor Kagi Foundation – A Lynn M. Bennett Legacy. Major sponsors include Cashman Equipment, The Frank and Victoria Fertitta Foundation, Ltd., and MGM Resorts International. Contributing sponsors include Bank of America, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, Nevada Humanities and the Vegas PBS Women’s Engagement Council.

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