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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.

March is Women’s History Month - a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society.  Despite the obstacles, women have given so much to Classical Music over the years, even if those contributions are sometimes overlooked.  All month, we’ll showcase the work and the stories of women who have helped make music what it is today.  From the great female composers to the performers that bring the music to life, we look forward to sharing it all with you in March on WNED Classical.

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From the WBFO Women's News Desk

Explore WBFO Women's News Desk Reporter Marian Hetherly special series on girls in sports.

 


The WBFO Women's News Desk is funded by the Catholic Health System.

Iconic Women To Celebrate This Women's History Month

This year, we are celebrating the accomplishments and vital contributions of women in history with documentaries and stories that center women's experiences in history. 

Everyone can enjoy and learn something new from this collection of stories by women and about women.

Tune In for Women's History Programming

Monday, March 15

12am American Experience | The Vote

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

                              

4am By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South

Tennessee's suffrage journey is part of the long aftermath of the Civil War in which women were no longer satisfied to be spectators in political processes nor to be relegated to second-class citizenship. By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South examines the tactics and attitudes of Tennessee and Southern suffragists, exploring how the shadow of the Confederacy and values of the "Lost Cause" shaped the fight for full female enfranchisement. 

 

Tuesday, March 16

4am Anne Morgan’s War

From 1917-1924, a team of approximately 350 American women, appalled by news of wartime destruction, left comfortable lives at home to volunteer in the devastated regions of France. Anne Morgan’s War chronicles how American heiress Anne Morgan poured both her own fortune and the fruits of intense fundraising into rebuilding Picardy, a region in northern France which had been devastated by the Great War. 

 

Thursday March 18

3am American Masters | Lorraine Hansberry

Explore the life and work of the A Raisin in the Sun playwright and activist who played a significant role in the civil rights movement. LaTanya Richardson Jackson narrates. Anika Noni Rose is the voice of Lorraine Hansberry.

 

Friday March 19

2am American Masters | Mae West: Dirty Blonde

Dive into the life and career of groundbreaking writer, performer and subversive star Mae West. Over a career spanning eight decades, she broke boundaries and possessed creative and economic powers unheard of for a female entertainer in the 1930s.

 

3:30am Independent Lens | Served Like A Girl

Join five remarkable women rebuilding their lives with humor and heart in the Ms. Veteran America Competition. Wounded in action and transitioning to civilian life, these women seek to help others struggling with homelessness, PTSD, and other trauma.

 

Saturday, March 20

3am One Woman, One Vote

A look at the history of the women's suffrage movement.

 

2:30pm American Experience | The Vote

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

 

 

Sunday March 21

2pm Great Performances at the Met | Renee Fleming in Concert

Experience the beloved American soprano perform arias by Puccini and Massenet to selections by Handel and Korngold from the intimate music salon of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.

 

Monday, March 22

12am American Masters | Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page

Follow the journey of the award-winning author of the best-selling "Little House" series in this exploration of her life and legacy and her little-known, secret collaboration with her daughter on the books that shaped American ideas of the frontier.

 

1:30am Discovering New York Suffrage Stories

In New York State, the epicenter for reform in the mid 1800's, women began their battle for the vote. The movement's success depended on these women, but today, many of their stories are absent from the history. Meet a few of the diverse suffragists who tirelessly navigated issues of religious intolerance, sexism, politics, and racism as they fought for the vote and for women's equality.

 

2am Makers | Women in Comedy

Track the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the "dangerous" comedy of 70s sitcoms like "Maude" to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom to today's multifaceted landscape. 

 

3am Makers | Women in Hollywood

Follow the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country's biggest commodities: entertainment. 

 

4am Makers | Women in Space

Trace the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. 

 

9pm American Masters | Bombshell: Hedy Lamarr

Discover the story of the most beautiful woman in the world, who was also an ingenious inventor. Her pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication, including WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth.

 

10:30pm Discovering New York Suffrage Stories

In New York State, the epicenter for reform in the mid 1800's, women began their battle for the vote. The movement's success depended on these women, but today, many of their stories are absent from the history. Meet a few of the diverse suffragists who tirelessly navigated issues of religious intolerance, sexism, politics, and racism as they fought for the vote and for women's equality.

 

 

Friday, March 26

9:30pm American Masters | Twyla Moves

Explore legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp's career and famously rigorous creative process, with original interviews, first-hand glimpses of her at work and rare archival footage of select performances from her more than 160 choreographed works.

 

Saturday, March 27

2:30pm POV | And She Could Be Next

The story of a defiant movement of women of color, transforming politics from the ground up by fighting for a truly reflective democracy.

 

Sunday, March 28

2pm Black Ballerina

A story of passion, opportunity, heartbreak and triumph of the human spirit. Set in the overwhelmingly white world of classical dance, it tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet.

 

Monday, March 29

12:30am American Masters | Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Discover the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind "Gone with the Wind.” No ordinary writer - or woman - Margaret Mitchell was a charismatic force who challenged the stifling Southern social order and struggled with the changing role of women.

 

2am Makers | Women in Politics

View profiles of women in public office who were "firsts" in their fields. From the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013, the documentary explores the challenges confronting American women in politics. 

 

3am Makers | Women in Business

Hear about the exceptional women - past and present - who have taken the world of business by storm. Told by female business leaders themselves, this is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven - on Wall Street, in corporate America or business empires of their own - that a woman's place is wherever she believes it to be.

 

4am Makers | Women in War

The film looks at American women’s increasing participation in war—from Vietnam to the present—as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Discover the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers

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American Experience

Part 1 | The Vote | American Experience

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The fiery campaign that led to passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the vote.

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Represent

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Leading up to 2018 elections, three Midwestern women tackle politics on their own terms.

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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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Rating: TV-PG

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.

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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Expires: 2020-06-08
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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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Expires: 2020-03-31
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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.

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Discovering New York Suffrage Stories | Classroom Resources

Lesson plans for  4th-8th grade students based on the documentary as well as important themes such as Haudenosaunee culture, identity, civic ideals & practices, and power.

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.