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What to Watch: Women's History Month

March 2021

Celebrate Women's History Month | March 2021

March 1, 2021

By Beatrice Alvarez

Every March since 1987, Congress and U.S. Presidents have designated the month as 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.


Independent Lens

9to5: The Story of a Movement

The popular movie "9 to 5" was tied to a transformational labor movement spearheaded by women demanding an end to workplace harassment and mistreatment. This Independent Lens documentary is now available to stream until March 31.

American Experience

Voice of Freedom

The life of world-famous contralto Marian Anderson is remembered in this film from American Experience. It is now available to stream until March 31.

Now Streaming

American Experience

Part 1 | The Vote | American Experience

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

The First American Indian Doctor
American Masters

The First American Indian Doctor

Susan La Flesche Picotte became the first American Indian woman doctor.

PBS Wisconsin Documentaries

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

The story of civil rights leader Vel Phillips, a woman of many "firsts" in Wisconsin.

Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up

Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up

Civil rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer is remembered by those who joined her in the struggle.

American Experience

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley won fame and fortune as the little lady who never missed a shot.


116 Cameras

An ambitious new project transforms Holocaust survivors into 3D digital projections.


For Sama

An intimate yet epic journey into one young mother’s experience of the Syrian conflict.

Independent Lens

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold

American Experience

The Codebreaker

The fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst.



A portrait of Beatrice Vio, a Paralympic fencing champion.

The First American-Born Chinese Woman Doctor
American Masters

The First American-Born Chinese Woman Doctor

Margaret Chung became the first American-born Chinese woman doctor in 1916.

Independent Lens


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

Streaming in Passport

Independent Lens


Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who led the fight for racial and labor justice.

American Masters

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

This film explores how Lamarr’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer.

Premiering This Month

American Masters


Explore the life of Flannery O’Connor whose fiction was unlike anything published before.

This month, American Masters brings us documentaries about two artists who broke barriers in their respective fields. Flannery, a look at Flannery O'Connor's life premieres March 23 and Twyla Moves, a documentary about dance legend Twyla Tharp premieres on March 25.

Recent Articles

Race and Racism in America

Watch a collection of films and specials that highlight and add context to the many aspects of race and racism in our country.

Violence Against Asian Americans

If you are hurting, needing comfort or are curious to learn, videos are available for streaming. Additionally, resources to learn how to fight violence against Asian Americans are available.


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