American Herstory: Changing the Face of History

Fascinating Learning Factory is delighted to act as fiscal sponsor for AMERICAN HERSTORY,
an important and timely journey into the vital roles that women have played in the development
and civilizing of the United States.  Largely overlooked and undervalued, women’s contributions to
America’s growth have led us to a better educated, more rational and more empathetic society.
Today, the effects of these forward thinking women are finally being recognized and celebrated
and the Learning Factory is proud to play a role in greatly enhancing this effort.

-Bunnie Strassner, Executive Director, Fascinating Learning Factory

American Herstory:
Changing the Face of History

A 10-part national video series produced by Jill Tietjen and Brian Doubleday

Everyone can remember a film or video that was life-changing
American Herstory will be one of those experiences.

It’s time to change the face of history! American HerStory will harness the emotional power of video and the lure of interactive media to help change American history from one that has emphasized only half the population to one that is inclusive of the remarkable achievements of women, no matter what color or creed. We would love you to help us transform perceptions as we create a more equitable and true representation of the history of this country.

American HerStory is an engaging, edgy and illuminating series of videos that are the centerpiece of a compelling state-of-the-art media project.  It will take a fresh and revealing look into the lives of extraordinary, and more often than not, ordinary women in American history whose ideas and abilities led to archetype-shattering innovations and achievements that blazed the path for the women and indeed, the America, today, and tomorrow.

Jill Tietjen, co-author of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Have Changed America, has watched perceptions shift almost instantly for boys, girls, women and men when they learn of the significant accomplishments of women throughout U.S. history – accomplishments that contributed to our quality of life and standard of living today –which most people never knew about!  When women’s accomplishments are acknowledged, our society, and the world, will be a better place for all.

Ms, Tietjen and Emmy Award-winning Producer Brian Doubleday have formed a production company, American HerStory LLC, that will produce a series of videos that will transform viewers’ understanding of our history.  The project will be web-based at first, as we create a variety of both long and short videos that feature exceptional women from a variety of endeavors---for example science, business or the military.  The videos will all be produced to draw people to the website where they will find not only more videos with more women of note from more disciplines, but also written narratives, audio clips, inspiring quotes, graphics and photographs---an interactive gathering place.  Eventuallly we will package the videos into a series of episodes and partner with a distributor to make American HerStory available to everyone who has a tablet, a computer, a television, cell phone or whatever new device comes along.  We will also make tailor-made packages for schools.

We are currently in preproduction, assembling a team of creatives and a skilled, experienced crew that will bring our vision to life, starting with our choice of a director.  We will be developing scripts and storyboards for all of the episodes.  We plan to find new ways to blend archival and historical footage with imaginative and enlightening modern video treatments; we will explore unique new ways to make this series contribute to a real change in the public’s view of our history.

Fortunately, we are producing this series in a time of tremendous change in film and video distribution and exhibition.  The old rules of studio and network control no longer apply, and we will seek the most advantageous path to reaching our audience after we launch the website---whether that be Netflix, Hulu, Apple, Amazon, YouTube or some new entity that has not yet made its appearance.  We anticipate that our marketing will be almost entirely through social media, the new and most effective way to reach millions of people who are natural viewers for the content.  We will begin those efforts by seeding the internet with captivating and easily sharable short clips once we begin production. We will always remain open to new ideas as the content distribution universe evolves.

We are funding this production completely through donations, both private and foundation, keeping control of the content and distribution decisions giving us the greatest latitude when making those critical choices.  We invite you to become part of this transformational series that will alter the way.

Make your donation online or use the donation form provided below.


The Fascinating Learning Factory, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to Learning through Media, is the fiscal sponsor for this film and accepts tax-deductible donations on behalf of the production company, AMERICAN HERSTORY, LLC.

$50,000 and up – Harriet Tubman Circle

Largest font size credit in the credits

Personal attendance at a video session with one of the segment hosts and a private event with the host

$25,000 - $49,999 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton Circle

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$15,000 - $24,999 – Wilma Mankiller Circle

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$10,000 - $14,999 – Maria Tallchief Circle

Mention as primary supporter in credits

$1,000 - $9,999 – Chien-Shiung Wu Circle

Special thanks in credits


All donors, unless they ask to remain anonymous, will be listed on the donor list on the web site.  All donors will be provided with updates on the progress of the series. 

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Fascinating Learning Factory​ / Fiscal Sponsor  (Please put "American Herstory" in the memo line)

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This contribution is to be used to support the following project: American Herstory video series.

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I understand that my contribution may be released by Fascinating Learning Factory to the Project before the total balance of the necessary production funds have been received. 

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