Pioneers in Skirts finishing funds

$13,453 of $29,996 goal

Raised by 40 people in 10 months

Welcome to the ongoing fundraising page for our film about pioneering ambition.

Pioneers in Skirts® is a social impact documentary addressing the gender-bias and sexism that can chip away at a woman, hurt her potential, and make her feel like she must re-think her dreams.

We traveled the U.S. over the course of 5 years and learned:
in order to achieve gender equality, we must have gender equity across diverse segments, everywhere. It all starts with changing the narrative from expecting women to fix themselves to expecting the social and individual causes of gender disparity to...well... get fixed. Our story shows you how.


Ashley grew up in a world where girls are taught to be powerful. They’re told, “If you dream it, you can be it,” and are encouraged to spend their independent teen years working towards those dreams.

But, what happens when these dreamers grow up?

Now 27, Ashley always knew she needed to pioneer her own path, making sure to have a strong work-ethic and an internal motivation to succeed. But, only a few years out of school, she felt held back and powerless.

Little did she realize, she had been battling a bias that was eroding her ambition. Mountains of research reveal that women begin to back off from their career aspirations as soon as 2 years out of college and it continues to plummet over time. This phenomenon is affecting women across professions and has experts guessing as to what to do.

Ashley spoke to her friends to see if they were having the same experience, and they were. They, too, felt unprepared for what lies ahead.  -- read more -- 



We’re in post-production ; working towards a premiere-ready film. The film is currently in a 90-min fine rough-cut stage with a blend of final and temporary sound, music and graphics.

This is the most expensive part of the documentary filmmaking process.

The funds we will raise help us complete:
  - SOUND DESIGN (at Skywalker Sound!)
  - MUSICAL COMPOSITION (a lot of the music is written by a composer)
  - SOUND MIXING (blending the music and sound together)
  - ONLINING (making it high def so that you can see our beautiful shots!)
  - GRAPHICS (stats, titles, etc)
  - COLOR CORRECTION (making years of footage look like they were shot with the same camera)

We also need to purchase insurance and film festival rights for some music -- long before we can premiere it!

No donation is too small. It'll take every penny to make this happen. 

We need this movie more than ever!

As we work to complete the movie, we are also building an outreach plan to help the film activate diverse audiences into engaging dialogue that challenges biased cultural beliefs.  -- read more -- 

We sincerely appreciate any help you can provide,

Ashley Maria - Director, Writer, Producer

Lea-Ann W. Berst - Producer, Writer


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Thank you to YOU! Since we launched our sizzle trailer, donations for our finishing efforts have sky rocketed! We now only need $17K to get us through post-production!

Pioneers in Skirts is a character-driven documentary that dives deeply into the social and individual causes for gender disparity.

When completed, we plan to screen the film all over the world -- engaging with audiences and instigating dialog that will move this crucial conversation forward.

PLEASE JOIN OUR EFFORTS by SHARING our GoFundMe link with your friends and followers: https://www.gofundme.com/PioneersinSkirts.

And, if you are so inclined, please donate again to this much needed and worthy cause. Thank you to everyone for your support!
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WE'RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE the release of the Pioneers in Skirts Official Sizzle Trailer!!

5 years in the making and just months away from completion, this feature documentary addresses how women & girls with pioneering ambitions combat bias and sexism in our culture. #PersonalStories

#ComingSoon #BEtheChange #BEaPioneer
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Thank you so much for helping us raise the funds we needed to get to Skywalker Ranch! Many of you donated (again), and many of you heard our call for BIG donations to help us reach the finish line even faster.

If you work for a company on a mission to create a gender-balanced workplace -- check out this link: https://www.pioneersinskirts.com/the-documentary-about-ambition/support-the-film/.

1. We're being talked about this week. Check this out! https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/320642/return-path-backs-gender-equality-film.html

2. It was a very productive week at Skywalker. Lots of driving... and loads of sound editing. [hey, watch the video :)]

Thank you so much for supporting the movie and advocating for women and girls!

❤️ ~ Ashley & Lea-Ann
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Going #Solo!

We're taking our final road trip to #Skywalker Ranch and we need you, Obi Wans!

On June 4th, Lea-Ann and I will return to Lucas Valley Road to finish out the sound for Pioneers in Skirts.

Travel to this galaxy (far, far away) is going to cost us $2700 -- and we need the entire Rebellion to help get us there!

We're looking for:
10 (9 now!) people to donate $100
10 (8 now!) people to donate $50
50 (48 now!) people to donate $20
20 people to donate $10

You guys know, "Do or do not, there is no try." ~ Yoda

So thanks for all that you do!

Ashley & Lea-Ann
Not even a stormtrooper can stop me now!
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