GEORGETOWN, Kentucky (April 30, 2015) — The Kentucky Commission on Women documentary "Dreamers & Doers: VOICES of Kentucky Women" — sponsored by Toyota — will soon be on KET.
The hourlong documentary profiles more than 40 Kentucky women and their achievements, and is based on the Kentucky Women Remembered (KWR) exhibit displayed in the state Capitol.
The documentary, produced by Michael Breeding Media Inc., provides insight into the role women have played and their valuable contributions to the history, growth and development of the Commonwealth. It shows the impact women have had in science, literature, politics, arts, education, business, religion, athletics, entertainment and the military in Kentucky.
Kentucky Commission on Women Chair Madeline Abramson approached Toyota executives two years ago about funding the production of the documentary. Abramson also serves as an ex-officio member of the Commission on Women Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that raises funds for select Commission projects.
Toyota signed on as the major funder for the project, providing the momentum needed to energize the effort and make the film reality.
“The Commission and its many partners have worked hard to complete this very important project in the history of women in Kentucky,” Abramson said. “I want to especially thank the Beshears, Toyota, the Commission and all its members, producer Michael Breeding and countless others for making this documentary a priority.”
Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., said the film speaks to one of Toyota’s main tenets – respect for people.
“We are honored to be part of this project as it recognizes the untold contributions of so many Kentucky women,” James said. “These stories will inspire and empower our future leaders and innovators, helping them grow dynamically as they begin to shape our future.”
Highlighted in the documentary are such personalities as suffragette Josephine Henry; first and only woman governor, Martha Layne Collins; African-American news reporter Alice Dunnigan; Appalachian author Verna Mae Slone; educator and reformist Nettie Depp; politician and businesswoman Mae Street Kidd; singer Loretta Lynn; pediatrician Dr. Grace James; U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Gudger Langley; and civil rights icon state Sen. Georgia Davis Powers.
Dreamers & Doers: Voices of Kentucky Women will air on KET at the foillowing times:
Since coming to Kentucky in 1988, Toyota has supported many initiatives that create opportunities and encourage advancement for women in the Commonwealth. Previous efforts include the Women Leading Kentucky Program, which provides business women with professional development programs in their communities; Young Women Lead, which offers learning opportunities for high school students in Northern Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville and Ashland; and the New Opportunity School for Women in Berea, Kentucky, which helps women in Appalachia focus on completing degrees and preparing for careers.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America (10 million+ in Kentucky), where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 42,000 people (more than 33,000 in the U.S., with 7,500 employed at our Georgetown, Kentucky plant). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.67 million cars and trucks (more than 2.35 million in the U.S.) in 2014 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
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