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Women of Philadelphia: A Documentary

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:09 PM | Deleted user

Philadelphia based, History Making Productions (HMP), a documentary film production house, today announced the launch of its second film series on the city’s history, which will focus on the role that women have played over the past 350 years.

“Women of Philadelphia: A Documentary is an exciting venture that will explore the extraordinary and the ordinary contributions of women throughout the city’s history and to do so in a way that we believe will be relevant and meaningful to audiences today”, noted Series Creator and Producer Nancy Moses.

Women of Philadelphia: A Documentary will be six made-for-television episodes supported with a variety of digital media including webisodes and other short films as well as a robust educational and civic engagement component.

“We are focused on the significant challenges that face women today such as the education of their children; acquiring and using power; dealing with crime and abuse; balancing the pressures of work and family; expressing life’s emotions through creativity in art, performance and athletics; and wellness and well being”, noted Producer Lauren Katz. “We expect each episode will focus on the historical roots of one of these contemporary themes”, she added.

 HMP has produced a short video to promote the project.  The video and general project information is available on the website 

Production costs for the series will approximate $1.4 million.  HMP expects to generate significant support through its planned program of corporate sponsorships and through philanthropic gifts.  To date, the project has generated funding commitments of $650,000.

“We are so pleased to announce that Independence Blue Cross has committed to being our Presenting Sponsor.  That one of Philadelphia’s leading corporate citizens is prepared to evidence its support for assuring that the story of women is told through film reflects how timely and important this series is”, noted Ms. Katz. “We are so excited by this support and believe it will stimulate other area enterprises to come on board”, she added.

Dr. Cathy L. Greenberg, a nationally recognized business advisor, coach and best selling business book author will serve as an Executive Producer and represent the project nationally.  She has committed a significant sponsorship investment to the project.

The series will have another dynamic feature. 

“This film project about women and for women, and their brothers, sons and fathers will be made by women”, Ms. Moses said.  “Our team of scholars and researchers, our production team and our post production team will be comprised of women.  That alone is another Philadelphia first.”, she observed.

The official “coming out” party for the project will be hosted by the Forum for Executive Women and PNC Bank on Wednesday evening, February 26th at 6:00 PM at the Bank’s Philadelphia headquarters. 

The Forum for Executive Women has invited its membership.  A brief talk will be given by nationally syndicated journalist and Woodrow Wilson Center scholar Jamie Stiehm who will be speaking about her forthcoming book on Philadelphia Quaker leader Lucretia Mott.

In addition to Independence Blue Cross, Dr. Cathy Greenberg and the Forum for Executive Women, Women of Philadelphia has built broad support from a wide range of women’s community organizations and heritage and cultural institutions.  Lists of these supporting partners together with heritage and cultural institutions which are the project’s heritage sposnors is attached.

The series will be executive produced in part through generous financial support from Kay Halloran (Halloran Family Philanthropy), Bonnie McCausland (McCausland Foundation) and national business consultant and executive coach Cathy Greenberg (xcel Institute).  HMP plans to undertake extensive outreach to area companies, foundations and to women representing a diverse cross section of the region.  In addition, a crowdfunding campaign to seek smaller contributions is planned for later in 2014.

“History was once a private domain for male historians who tended to focus on stories about men.  Women did important things here and all over the country.  It is time to use film, a great platform for public history, to tell these stories from an urban perspective.  That Philadelphia’s women are the first to do a project like this one, mirrors the history of our contributions to our unique community.  To be launching during Women’s History Month and at a time when the public’s attention is so riveted on the changing roles and successes of women makes this project so important and timely”, Ms. Moses concluded.

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History Making Productions is a Philadelphia based documentary film production firm focused on producing films about history and community affairs in Greater Philadelphia.  The company’s first series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, is a 14 part series covering Philadelphia’s story from 1640-1995 through television episodes, webisodes, short cuts, educational resources and community screenings.  All of the content for the film series is housed at and is available for public viewing at no cost.  HMP was founded by Philip and Sam Katz and now includes another family member, Lauren Katz, who will produce Women.  The company is located in studio and production offices at 12th & Callowhill in Center City Philadelphia.

Nancy Moses was executive director of the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia and served on the executive staff of WQED and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Philadelphia Studies. She managed a grant program at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She consults to an impressive array of nonprofits of different sizes, structures and missions. Most recently, Nancy spearheaded a new women’s social venture fund and helped the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania launch the Wharton Social Impact Corps for its MBA students. Nancy Moses is the author of Lost in the Museum: Hidden Treasures and the Stories They Tell. (

Lauren Katz is an attorney who practiced in corporate litigation.  She joined HMP in 2013 to assume leadership for this documentary film project.  In her capacity as producer, Lauren is driving the development of the project’s fundraising, corporate sponsorships and community outreach and is sharing leadership with Nancy Moses on developing program content.  Lauren formerly served as an associate with the firm of Blank Rome LLP.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts University (2003) and a JD from the Drexel University School of Law and was in the first graduating class.

Dr. Cathy L. Greenberg, a Philadelphian, will be one of the project’s Executive Producers.   Her company will be the National Leadership Sponsor.  Cathy is an author, motivational speaker and executive coach.  Her latest book, Fearless Leaders, will be published in March.  Cathy was a senior executive at two of the world’s largest business consulting firms and provides strategic advice to numerous national and global business enterprises. (

Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. With its affiliates, Independence serves more than 7 million people nationwide, including 2.2 million in the region. The Company seeks to enhance the health and wellness of the people and communities it serves by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness.  (

The Forum of Executive Women is a membership organization of over 400 women of influence in the Greater Philadelphia region, whose members hold top positions in every major segment of the community.   It serves as the linchpin for a multitude of initiatives that have sparked critical conversations in executive suites, board rooms and public policy arenas.  The Forum actively works to leverage the power of executive women in the Greater Philadelphia region to expand the impact and influence of women leaders.  (

For further information Contact:

History Making Productions

Nancy Moses…  215.802.7949

Lauren Katz…   215.589.5976

Sam Katz…   215.694.3563

Independence Blue Cross

Kathy Albanese…  

Forum for Executive Women

Sharon Hardy…   215.628.9944

The project website is

History Making Productions

340 North 12th Street, Suite 300

Philadelphia, PA 19107


Sponsoring Women’s Organizations

Forum of Executive Women - the region’s leading network of women business execs.

Girl Scouts of Eastern PA – the largest girl serving organization in Pennsylvania which builds girls of courage, confidence and character.

Professional Women’s Roundtable – an important professional women in business networking group.

The Main Line Society of Professional Women – major suburban networking organization.

New Century Trust - the oldest continuously running women’s organization in the U.S.

League of Women Voters of SE PA –a voice for change, working to protect and defend democratic rights.

Vision 2020 - national coalition of organizations united to achieve women’s economic and social equality. HQ at Drexel School of Medicine.

Emergency Aid of Pa. Foundation – formed in 1914 to aid foreign relief during World War I.


Alice Paul Institute – honors the legacy of suffragists, and a leader in bringing recognition to organizations and historic sites that honor women.

Women’s Way – supports wage equity, rape crisis, domestic violence, reproductive freedom through philanthropy.

National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Pennsylvania Chapter –develops community leaders to advancing equity and empowerment among women of color.

Congreso - a multi-service organization that serves the Latino community of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia LINKS - an international corporation, established in 1946 in Philadelphia to respond to the needs and aspirations of Black women.

Women of Destiny an organization committed to the mentorship and leadership development of the next generation of African American women.

Devereux Foundation - founded in 1912 by Helena Devereux and serving mentally disabled and challenged children and adults.

Women’s Business Development Center - fosters the development and retention of successful women’s owned businesses. 

Heritage/Cultural Partners

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

African American Museum of Philadelphia

Independence Seaport Museum

Philadelphia History Museum

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Free Library of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach Library

College of Physicians/Mutter Museum

National Museum of American Jewish History

Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

American Swedish Museum

Philadelphia Athenaeum

Independence National Historical Park

National History Day-Philadelphia

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