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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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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.

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Tuesday, March 15

2am Six Wives of Henry VIII  | Divorced

 Worsley examines the happy marriage of Henry VIII to first wife, Katherine of Aragon. Despite her skill and devotion as his queen, she fails to give Henry the son he needs and he falls for Anne Boleyn.

 

3am Six Wives of Henry VIII  | Beheaded, Died

Henry breaks with the Roman Church to marry Anne, but as Worsley notes, he grows tired of her and falls for Jane Seymour. Anne's fate is sealed; she is executed and Henry immediately marries Jane, who dies soon after she gives birth to a son.

 

4am Six Wives of Henry VIII | Divorced, Beheaded, Survived 

Worsley presents the last three wives: Anne of Cleves, called "ugly"; young Catherine Howard, whose tragic childhood was abusive; and finally, the far from saintly nurse, Katherine Parr.

 

 

Thursday, March 17 

1am Amelia Earhart: American Experience | Amelia Earhart 

Explore the life of the trailblazing pilot who broke records but then mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on a solo flight around the world. An enduring American hero, Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

 

3am The Vote: American Experience | Hour One

Learn about the first generation of leaders in the decades-long battle to win the vote for women. In the 19th century, a time women had few legal rights, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton galvanized thousands to demand equal citizenship.

  

4am The Vote: American Experience | Hour Two  

Explore the strategies used by a new generation of leaders determined to win the vote for women. Internal debates over radical tactics and the place of African American women in the movement shaped the battle in the crucial period from 1906-1915.

 

 

Friday, March 18 

2am Beyond The Powder: The Legacy of the First Women's Cross-Cou 

A documentary film that follows the female pilots of the 2014 Air Race Classic racers as they make their way across the country, while telling the story of the first women's cross-country air race of 1929, also known as the Powder Puff Derby. The first Women's Air Derby in 1929-which was comprised of 20 women, including Amelia Earhart-was flown from Santa Monica to the finish line in Cleveland, kicking off the National Air Races. The country watched as these brave women made history flying cross-country, breaking into a competition that was thought to be for men only. They encountered sabotage, death, and all the difficulties of flying at the dawn of aviation. Today the Powder Puff Derby continues as the Air Race Classic, with modern day racers carrying out the legacy and the adventurous spirit of the original racers. Showing that they were more than just their make-up, the original Derby contestants have inspired those flying today to truly push beyond the powder. 

 

3am Forgotten Fame | The Marion Miley Story  

Although professional athletics were deemed improper for women in the 1930s, trailblazing golfer Marion Miley's exceptional talent and winning personality captivated sports fans across the country. But at age 27, Marion was tragically murdered in her home at the Lexington Country Club in Kentucky. This program tells the story of the headline-grabbing crime that cut short the life of this pioneering athlete.

 

 

Saturday, March 19

4pm Angels On Horseback | Midwives in the Mountains  

Explore the driving force, trials and triumphs of the women of the Frontier Nursing Service. Founded in 1925 by Mary Carson Breckinridge, the Frontier Nursing Service brought unprecedented healthcare to rural Appalachia.

 

 

Sunday, March 20

2pm Great Performances | Ann 

Enjoy a powerful and revealing look at legendary, larger-than-life Texas governor Ann Richards, who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family, in this critically acclaimed play written by and starring Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor.

 

4pm American Masters | Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go for It 

Discover how Moreno defied her humble upbringing and racism to become one of a select group of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winners. Explore her 70-year career with new interviews, clips of her iconic roles and scenes of the star on set today.

 

8pm Call The Midwife Season 11 | Episode 1 

It's Easter 1967 and preparations are underway for a colourful Easter Bonnet parade outside Nonnatus House. However, Trixie is left shocked when routine building work nearby uncovers a terrible secret.

 

 

Monday, March 21

9:30pm Discovering New York Suffrage Stories

The 70-year fight for suffrage began in Central New York, an epicenter of reform. Success depended on many women whose stories are often forgotten. Meet Matilda Joslyn Gage, Paulina Wright Davis, Mary Burnett Talbert, and Hester Whitehurst Jeffrey, diverse suffragists who tirelessly navigated religious intolerance, sexism, politics, and racism as they fought for the vote and women's equality.  

 

10pm Heroines in the Storm 

In this multi-part documentary, we explore, through the eyes of the women who lived it, World War Two, from the triumphs to the horrors. The series explores the stories of the women who fought the secret war to those who survived the horrors of concentration and internment camps, to the women who worked in the factories at home, and even those who played professional baseball. Heroines in the Storm bring many fascinating and long-forgotten and ignored stories to life. The film is inspired by the acclaimed book Extraordinary Women Extraordinary Times, by Sherry Pringle. 

 

 

Tuesday, March 22 

8pm Finding Your Roots | Hollywood Royalty 

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Isabella Rossellini, Anjelica Huston and Mia Farrow unearth surprising new revelations about their family histories, taking them generations beyond their famous cinematic forebears. 

 

9pm Frontline | Pelosi's Power

Powerful and polarizing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's life and legacy. Across three decades, how Pelosi has gained and wielded power and faced grave challenges to her leadership and to American democracy from Trump and his allies. 

 

10:30pm Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision Of Maryam Mirzakhani

This program examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian immigrant to the United States who became a superstar in her field. In 2014, prior to her untimely death at age 40, she became both the first woman and the first Iranian to be awarded the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics, often equated in stature with the Nobel Prize.

 

 

Thursday, March 24

12am Frontline | Pelosi's Power

Powerful and polarizing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's life and legacy. Across three decades, how Pelosi has gained and wielded power and faced grave challenges to her leadership and to American democracy from Trump and his allies.   

 

1:30am Voices for Freedom: The Hyers Sisters' Legacy  

In the perilous 1870's and 80's, when night riders and lynching terrorized African Americans and black-face minstrels ridiculed them across the land, The Hyers Sisters (African American touring-opera prodigies) stood up against this ridicule and oppressive imaging with unique musical works and thus became Voices for Freedom. These works changed minds and hearts for 20 years while bringing the first black leading players to the mainstream stage, integrating casting for the first time, and creating the first American musicals. The Hyers influenced all Music Theater to come and yet remain unsung -- 'til now. This half-hour performance documentary celebrates their rich legacy in word and song, with internationally renowned artists and an inspiring story. Enactment, narration, a hip-hop commentator, and expert commentary reveal the social struggles of their day and shed light on our own. Super star Denyce Graves-Montgomery hosts.

 

2am Finding Your Roots | Hollywood Royalty  

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Isabella Rossellini, Anjelica Huston and Mia Farrow unearth surprising new revelations about their family histories, taking them generations beyond their famous cinematic forebears. 

 

3am The Vote: American Experience | Hour Three

Discover how the pervasive racism of the time, particularly in the South, impacted women's fight for the vote during the final years of the campaign. Stung by a series of defeats in 1915, the suffragists concentrated on passing a federal amendment.   

 

4am The Vote: American Experience | Hour Four 

Meet the unsung women whose tireless work would finally ban discrimination at U.S. polls on the basis of sex. Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt advocated different strategies, but their combined efforts led to the amendment's passage in 1920.

  

 

Friday, March 25

2am Breaking Through The Clouds | The First Women's National Air Derby

In August of 1929 twenty women pulled on britches, snapped on goggles and climbed into their cockpits to race across the country. It was the first women's national air derby. There was the media darling, the Hollywood starlet, the aviatrix record breakers and the unforgettable foul-mouthed wife of a preacher. Together these women were flying in the face of anyone who believed women belonged on the ground. Breaking Through The Clouds is the documentary that tells their story.

 

 

Saturday, March 26 

3:30pm Discovering New York Suffrage Stories  

The 70-year fight for suffrage began in Central New York, an epicenter of reform. Success depended on many women whose stories are often forgotten. Meet Matilda Joslyn Gage, Paulina Wright Davis, Mary Burnett Talbert, and Hester Whitehurst Jeffrey, diverse suffragists who tirelessly navigated religious intolerance, sexism, politics, and racism as they fought for the vote and women's equality.  

 

4pm Beyond The Powder | The Legacy of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race

A documentary film that follows the female pilots of the 2014 Air Race Classic racers as they make their way across the country, while telling the story of the first women's cross-country air race of 1929, also known as the Powder Puff Derby. The first Women's Air Derby in 1929-which was comprised of 20 women, including Amelia Earhart-was flown from Santa Monica to the finish line in Cleveland, kicking off the National Air Races. The country watched as these brave women made history flying cross-country, breaking into a competition that was thought to be for men only. They encountered sabotage, death, and all the difficulties of flying at the dawn of aviation. Today the Powder Puff Derby continues as the Air Race Classic, with modern day racers carrying out the legacy and the adventurous spirit of the original racers. Showing that they were more than just their make-up, the original Derby contestants have inspired those flying today to truly push beyond the powder. 

 

 

Sunday, March 27 

3:30pm Great Performances | The Conductor  

Follow Marin Alsop’s journey to become the first female music director of a major American symphony despite repeated rejection by the classical music industry. Features archival footage with her mentor Leonard Bernstein and is set to a soundtrack of her performances.

 

5pm Carol Burnett: A Celebration 

Carol Burnett: A Celebration is a 50th anniversary tribute to the career of a comic genius - filled with pure nostalgia, great clips and memories from iconic stars. The program includes exclusive interviews with: Carl Reiner, Tim Conway (his last interview), Vicki Lawrence, Betty White, Cloris Leachman, Tina Fey, Phyllis Diller, Barbara Eden, Jim Nabors, Tony Orlando, Pat Carroll, Joan Collins... and of course, Carol Burnett. 

 

8pm Call The Midwife Season 11 | Episode 2  

While Trixie tries to calm an anxious patient, Sister Frances examines a young woman with some troubling symptoms. Lucille helps support a single mother through her fourth pregnancy and intervenes when authorities question her capabilities as a mother.

 

 

Monday, March 28 

12am American Masters | Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Discover how Moreno defied her humble upbringing and racism to become one of a select group of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winners. Explore her 70-year career with new interviews, clips of her iconic roles and scenes of the star on set today. 

 

2am Carrie Chapman Catt: Warrior for Women  

The story of Carrie Chapman Catt, the women's suffrage movement and the passing and ratification of the 19th amendment. Catt, raised in Charles City, Iowa, devoted most of her life to the expansion of women's rights around the world - and is recognized as one of the key leaders of the American women's suffrage movement.

 

3am One Woman, One Vote  

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

 

9pm Betty White | First Lady of Television

The definitive look at Betty White's life and career. Thanks to exclusive access, you'll see Betty behind-the-scenes at work, entertaining at home, and interacting with her close friends; one of whom is a 900-pound grizzly bear.  

 

10pm Heroines in the Storm  

In this multi-part documentary, we explore, through the eyes of the women who lived it, World War Two, from the triumphs to the horrors. The series explores the stories of the women who fought the secret war to those who survived the horrors of concentration and internment camps, to the women who worked in the factories at home, and even those who played professional baseball. Heroines in the Storm bring many fascinating and long-forgotten and ignored stories to life. The film is inspired by the acclaimed book Extraordinary Women Extraordinary Times, by Sherry Pringle. 

 

 

Tuesday, March 29

9pm Annie Oakley | American Experience

Meet the Ohio sharpshooter who won fame and fortune in a man's world for never missing a shot. Born into poverty, the self-taught Oakley picked up a gun at age 15 not to become a superstar, but to save her family from destitution. 

 

 

Thursday, March 31

1am Annie Oakley | American Experience 

Meet the Ohio sharpshooter who won fame and fortune in a man's world for never missing a shot. Born into poverty, the self-taught Oakley picked up a gun at age 15 not to become a superstar, but to save her family from destitution. 

 

3am Toni Morrison: American Masters | Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers and critics on an exploration of the powerful themes she confronted throughout her literary career in this artful and intimate meditation that examines the life and work of the legendary storyteller.

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.