Martha has combined education and filmmaking for over three decades when she discovered that there were so very few films about women and women’s history for the “new” subject area – Women’s Studies. Frustrated that she had to teach only male writers in her American Literature course caused her to make films on eclipsed women writers like Kate Chopin, May Sarton, and Madeleine L’Engle. For over 40 years, Martha taught English, Ethics and Women’s Studies in both high school and college, East and West Coast, most recently, at the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles.
She began her activism in the civil rights for African-Americans and Women in the mid 1960’s and in the organization of the 1970 Women’s March in New York City. Martha is on the board of the National Women’s History Project, and Girls Learn International, a mentor at Girls Today, Women Tomorrow, a member of the Alliance of Women Directors, and a graduate of Earlham College (BA), New York University ( MA, PhD) and AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. She is the Executive Director of Wild West Women, Inc, a non-profit company she co-founded to produce films on women in order to provide positive role models for women and girls.