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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.
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.
The fiery campaign that led to passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the vote.
Susan La Flesche Picotte became the first American Indian woman doctor.
The story of civil rights leader Vel Phillips, a woman of many "firsts" in Wisconsin.
Civil rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer is remembered by those who joined her in the struggle.
Annie Oakley won fame and fortune as the little lady who never missed a shot.
An ambitious new project transforms Holocaust survivors into 3D digital projections.
An intimate yet epic journey into one young mother’s experience of the Syrian conflict.
The fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst.
A portrait of Beatrice Vio, a Paralympic fencing champion.
Margaret Chung became the first American-born Chinese woman doctor in 1916.
Leading up to 2018 elections, three Midwestern women tackle politics on their own terms.
Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who led the fight for racial and labor justice.
This film explores how Lamarr’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer.
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.
Learn more about cultural appropriation (or is it appreciation?) before you finalize this year's Halloween costume.
Watch a collection of films and specials that highlight and add context to the many aspects of race and racism in our country.
PBS was among 60 nominees for the most compelling and empowering stories released in 2019.
Winners were announced May 19 and honored in a special internet celebration.
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