Women's History Month
Women's History Month

Buffalo Toronto Public Media celebrates the power of women this Women's History Month, and all year-round.

This is the time of year we celebrate women around the world. Women's History Month began as a national celebration in 1981 with President Reagan proclaiming the week beginning March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week." Since 1995, US presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as "Women's History Month."

We are celebrating by featuring public media content centered around the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

From the WBFO Women's News Desk

Every Monday in March WBFO Women's News Desk Reporter Marian Hetherly presents a special series on girls in sports.

The series began with a two-part exploration of the history of Title IX. Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she is calling "Girl Power."

Tune in to WBFO, your NPR station, every Monday in March to hear the reports.


The WBFO Women's News Desk is funded by the Catholic Health System.
Iconic Women To Celebrate This Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, where we highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of women who have changed the world. From women in art, science and politics, here are some videos from WNED PBS to celebrate this Women's History Month!

Unladylike2020

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Illuminating the stories of extraordinary American heroines from the early years of feminism, American MastersUnladylike2020 is a multimedia series consisting of a one-hour special for broadcast and 26 digital short films featuring courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century.

Women Warriors | The Warrior Tradition

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Native American women veterans speak about their experiences in the United States military.

Amelia Earhart | American Experience

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The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was one of America’s first celebrities. After only a few years as a pilot she became the best-known female flier in America, not only for her daring and determination, but also for her outspoken personality. American Experience portrays her journey.

Roxane Gay | Breaking Big

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See how Gay, child of Haitian immigrants, transcended expectations to become a leading voice in the feminist movement with her essay collection "Bad Feminist."

Sojourner Truth | She Inspires

Sojourner Truth (Isabella Baumfree) was born into slavery in Ulster County, New York around 1797. After escaping slavery, Truth went to court and fought to get back her son who was illegally sold to an owner in Alabama. She became the first black woman to go to court against a white man and win the case. Sojourner is remembered today as one of the nations first feminists & foremost abolitionists.

Susan B. Anthony | She Inspires

Susan B. Anthony helped lead the way for women's right to vote. In 1846 while teaching at a female academy in Canajoharie, New York, Susan discovered that she earned about a quarter of the salary as the male teachers. She Inspires showcases Anthony, who eventually became the co-founder of the Women’s Suffrage Association and spent the rest of her life fighting for women to have equal rights and an equal voice.

Fierce Women of Art | The Art Assignment

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Meet a group of supremely awesome and unapologetic artists who take risks, question art world practices, and also happen to be women.

Fierce Women of Art 2 | The Art Assignment

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From Artemisia Gentileschi, Mona Hatoum, Frida Kahlo, Hannah Höch, and Yayoi Kusama, these women artists push boundaries. Fierce Women of Art 2 by The Art Assignment highlights women and their extraordinary work.

Real Women, Real Jobs | SciGirls

These are the innovators, problem-solvers and dreamers who live right next door, passionate about their work, hobbies, families and helping to make the world a better place. Real Women, Real Jobs by SciGirls features Minnesota women of STEM.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton | She Inspires

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, NY on November 12, 1815. Elizabeth was instrumental in the Seneca Falls Convention and the path to the women’s right to vote, which was passed with the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. Her legacy in her writings and her actions in the women’s rights movement continue to inspire us today.

Medicine Woman

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She was America’s first Native doctor, breaking barriers of race and gender to heal her traumatized people. A century later, Native women from many tribes follow in the footsteps of Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte.

The Case for Yoko Ono | The Art Assignment

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Yoko Ono was an established artist before most of the world heard of her in 1968, and she continues to make groundbreaking work to this day. Who is Yoko Ono? What is her work? And why should you take her seriously?

Danai Gurira | Breaking Big

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Tony Award-nominated writer Gurira made the leap from storyteller to Hollywood superstar. The Zimbabwe native yearned to bring African faces and voices to Broadway through her plays, but ended up starring in the mega-hit "Black Panther. Danai Gurira features the star in Breaking Big.

Betty Friedan | Makers

In 1963 Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique and exposed the happy homemaker myth. Many women wanted the opportunity of a career of their own, and Friedan wrote about it, highlighted in Makers.

Women In Chemistry | Reactions

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To honor women’s history month in the international year of the periodic table, today we wanted to share the story of two of chemistry’s most brilliant and bold women and their paths of elemental discovery -- because what they brought to the table changed the world as we know it.

Margaret Mitchell | American Masters

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Margaret Mitchell was no ordinary writer. The one book she published in her lifetime - Gone With the Wind - sold millions of copies during the Great Depression in America and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937, 75 years ago. Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel engages leading authors, historians, biographers, and people with personal connections to Mitchell to reveal a complex and mysterious woman.

Elizabeth Murray | American Masters

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This intimate portrait of maverick painter and printmaker Elizabeth Murray from American Masters explores the relationship between her family life and career, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history.

Holly Near | American Masters

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Experience the power of song in the struggle for equality through the story of feminist singer and activist Holly Near, who for the last 40 years has worked on global social justice coalition-building in the women’s and lesbian movements.

PBS Parents

Diverse Children’s Books About Strong Girls

Celebrate girl power and Women's History Month with these books that encourage young readers to investigate the world, find their voice, take action and follow their dreams!

Classroom Resources from PBS LearningMedia

Inspire your students with thousands of free teaching resources including videos, lesson plans, and games aligned to state and national standards from PBS LearningMedia. Explore these collections related to Women's History Month.

PBS LearningMedia | ITVS Community Classroom

Women's History Month

This collection celebrates Women's History Month by focusing on women and girls around the world. The films tell powerful, personal stories; and the activities encourage students t

PBS LearningMedia | Unladylike 2020 American Masters

Unladylike

Unladylike2020 honors the centennial of women's suffrage. These digital resources present the rich history of 26 little-known Progressive Era women, who broke barriers.

PBS LearningMedia | Women, War & Peace

Women, War & Peace

Classroom resources for Women, War & Peace, a bold PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain.

PBS LEArningMedia | The Warrior Tradition

Native American Women in the Military

Explore the history of Native American women in the U.S. military, and learn about Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to die in combat.

PBS LearningMedia | The Women's MOvement

The Women's Movement

The Women's Movement was a diverse social moment in U.S. history. It sought equal opportunities for women in all aspects of their lives (personal, political, economic, etc.)

PBS LearningMedia | Women's Empowerment

Women's Empowerment

This collection includes activities and supporting video modules that encourage students to examine key social and political issues impacting women.

PBS LearningMedia | Unstoppbale

Unstoppable | The Road to Women's Rights

A focus on the history of the women’s suffrage movement, its impact on resulting legislation and subsequent human rights movements in the US for gender and civil rights equity.

PBS LEARNINGMEDIA | National Women's History Month

National Women's History Month

This collection includes classroom resources for Women's History Month. Many people use the month of March to honor American women and the history of women in the United States.