The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things

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When Women You Should Know launched in September 2011, we set out to tell the untold stories of relatable women who are making things happen in their world; women who have outperformed, innovated, discovered, defied and soared. More simply put… our mission is to celebrate everyday women doing extraordinary things; women who deserve recognition and news headlines, but who all too often don’t get either. So imagine our WYSKy euphoria when we came to know filmmaker Sarah Moshman and her documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things.

The film captures the incredible journey of 5 female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions.

“If we start to support each other and showcase some strong female role models then I believe that we can start to change the conversation.”

Driving over 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days, the documentary spotlights 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries (a television producer, a mathematician, a pilot, a biologist, a brewmaster, a professional athlete, a ballerina, a lawyer, a chef, an architect, a social entrepreneur, a Congresswoman, a fashion stylist, a Four Star Admiral in the US Navy, an astronaut, Miss USA 2012, and a gospel theatre director).

Along the way, these filmmakers get the chance to spend a day in each woman’s shoes, relaying candid insight on how these women define their success, what it takes to be a woman in their position, and how to improve the female role in the workplace.

In the end, the filmmakers turned the cameras on themselves, capturing their transformational journey, and then challenge the audience to ask themselves, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?”

As for why Sarah decided to write and direct this film, she explains, “For me, I was turning on the TV and only finding so many negative messages for women. From the magazines we read, to the songs we listen to on the radio, it’s like the media is perpetuating this feeling to women that they are not good enough as they are and that we live in this male-dominated society. I felt like if I’m not a part of the solution, I’m part of the problem.”

Sarah and The Empowerment Project crew

Sarah and The Empowerment Project crew

This film is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when women hold each other up and how inspiring our stories can be to one another. If Women You Should Know was to make a film, it would be in the same vein as The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things. As Co-Founder and Editorial Director Cynthia Hornig explains about WYSK’s mission, “It is important for us to ensure that the many compelling stories that we come across serve as sources of inspiration that will encourage other women to realize their own dreams and perhaps even change the course of their own lives.”

So we cannot thank Sarah enough for putting such an important piece of work into the world that is created for women and by women. She is most certainly a Woman You Should Know and her film is one you should most definitely watch!

See the official trailer here.

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