Name a female tech founder. Go ahead, give it a shot. It\u2019s by no means a trick question, but if you couldn\u2019t come up with any, you\u2019re not alone. A recent survey from AI messaging, bots and branding platform LivePerson shows that when you ask most people to name a female tech luminary, many of the answers you get are Alexa and Siri.\nSerena Schuler wants to change that, and she\u2019s creating a television comedy to do it.\nMakeshift Society is a TV series pilot, currently in the early creative and funding stages, that centers on Alex, a former UX designer. Alex is booted from her Silicon Valley job after refusing the predatory advances of the CEO. She discovers a co-working space filled with creative entrepreneurs and decides to take a chance and build her own startup.\n\n\nSerena Schuler, creator of Makeshift Society\n\n\n\n[ Read also: 4 approaches to diversity and inclusion leadership. | Get the latest CIO insights direct, with our CIO Daily newsletter. ]\n\nWhile the characters and the events in the series are fictional, they\u2019re inspired by many women Schuler has met in the tech industry, whose stories deserve a wider audience.\u00a0\u00a0\n\u201cThese stories from Silicon Valley are dramatic and fascinating \u2014 and they haven\u2019t been told before. Female founders aren\u2019t household names, and they should be. Jennifer Hyman, Stephanie Lampkin, Reshma Saujani \u2014 I think everyone should know who they are and how they\u2019re changing the world. That\u2019s why we have to tell this story,\u201d Schuler says.\nAnyone paying attention knows why \u2014 the technology industry is a (straight, white, cisgender) boys\u2019 club and only now addressing the lack of diversity and inclusion in the industry. But Makeshift Society aims to bring a woman\u2019s story front and center. Schuler\u2019s background in tech and film makes her the perfect person to bring them to life.\nSchuler is an award-winning comedy writer, director, and series creator whose work has screened at U.S. and international film festivals. Her work won the Audience Award at the Washington Jewish Film Festival, she was an Audience Award Runner-Up at the Women in Comedy Festival, and she was a finalist in the\u00a0Rachel Bloom Comedy Short Challenge. A previous series,\u00a0Cake Walk, is streaming exclusively on\u00a0Elizabeth Banks's women in comedy site WhoHaha.\nThe power of TV and film\nThe genre is also appropriate, she says; television and film have the power to tell underrepresented stories.\n\u201cThe idea being if you see it, you can become it,\u201d she says. \u201cComedy opens our perspectives. Television comedy is the perfect genre for this because we can bring these issues to light \u2014 you get that kind of funny \u2018cause it\u2019s true approach that gets the message across,\u201d Schuler says.\n\u201cTV and film have the power to shape the culture. Look at Modern Family, and our country\u2019s inclusion of LGBTQ+ rights. When the show premiered in 2010, the Defense of Marriage Act was still law. But just three years later, attitudes had really shifted, and along with a lot of activism, DOMA was struck down. I definitely think we have the power to change things through this medium,\u201d she says.\nIt\u2019s also timely, as the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are bringing more attention to sexism, discrimination, and bias in Hollywood and rippling out to other industries.\nThere\u2019s more information about the series here, as well as a link where you can help fund the series. I can\u2019t wait to watch it!