A New Purpose-Based Production and Experience Company

An award-winning production company, Women Rising was founded in 2013 by entertainment industry executive Sara Hirsh Bordo. With the mission of creating content and experiences to empower women and girls, Women Rising was named “One of the Most Innovative, Interesting, and Purpose-Driven Women Led Startups to Watch”, by Inc. Magazine.

Producing live experiences, Women Rising has led several high-profile events such as the first TEDxAustinWomen in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, Prevention Magazine’s (Rodale Inc.) R3 Summit, and the women’s entrepreneurship conference, The Circular Summit, in partnership with Entrepreneur Magazine. Most recently, Women Rising volunteered to direct and produce the Women’s March on Austin rally, becoming the largest march as well as the largest gathering of women in Texas History.

In film production, Women Rising set out to explore social narratives while championing female heroes. With a world premiere at SXSW Film Festival, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story went on to win awards at all 10 festivals it played, qualified for the Academy Award, secured domestic distribution through LifetimeTV and international through the National Geographic Channel, became an envoy for the U.S. Department of State’s American Film Showcase, and became a double honoree by the Webby Awards. In a second venture into championing female heroes, Women Rising proudly produced Tightly Wound, a brave and personal exploration of chronic pelvic pain authored by Shelby Hadden. Featured in Cosmopolitan, Bustle, and The Mighty the film was also named “Project of the Week” and “Project of the Month” by Indiewire. As a third production, combining film and live experiences, Women Rising directed and produced the ProtectHer Documentary Series, in partnership with Vice President Biden’s It’s On Us campaign. A first of its kind interactive curriculum, the program aims to help prevent sexual assault on campuses by empowering male athletes.

In its fourth venture into film, Women Rising is again focusing on a social issue while championing a female hero with We Go Higher; the first documentary by and about the Kids of 9/11.

Committing a significant percentage of profits from every project to a related cause, Women Rising represents a new kind of purpose-based production company.

  • Official Selection, South By Southwest Film Festival
  • Audience Award, South By Southwest Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Traverse City Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Traverse City Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Justice Film Festival
  • Best Feature Film, Justice Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Newport Beach Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Newport Beach Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Illuminate Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Illuminate Film Festival
  • Official Selection, BFF Film Festival
  • Spirit Award, BFF Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Lower East Side Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Lower East Side Film Festival
  • The Unforgettables, Cinema Eye Honors Awards
  • Official Selection, Carmel Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, Carmel Film Festival
  • Official Selection, ARY Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Red Nation Film Festival
  • Courage Award, Red Nation Film Festival
  • 2016 Webby Awards Honoree, Online Film and Video, Public Service and Activism
  • 2016 Webby Awards Honoree, Online Film and Video, Public Service and Activism