Maryland Public Television has teamed up with the Women & Girls Lead campaign, headed by the Independent Television Service. An International Public Media initiative, Women & Girls Lead tells the stories of women and girls around the world through digital media. MPT will air several specials detailing the struggles and triumphs of women from all walks of life under this campaign.
Women's History Month
The month of March brings lots of attention to women in Maryland and beyond. Here are some upcoming broadcast programs and online and in-community activities that celebrate women from all over the world and from all parts of history.
Airs 3/11 at 9:30 PM on MPT-HD
This episode features the first standup comediennes to appear on television - legends such as Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. It also looks at Lucille Ball's breakthrough on "I Love Lucy" and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. The episode covers television's most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett, and features interviews with contemporary actresses including Tina Fey and Margaret Cho.
Airs 3/20 and 3/26 at 8 PM on MPT-HD
They seemed to have it all - glamour, power, wealth and adoration. Grace Kelly, Wallis Simpson, Josephine Baker, Agatha Christie…these were the pioneers who showed that a woman could be the equal of any man. But behind the public success, there was so often private heartache and personal tragedy. Featuring archive, interviews and dramatic re-enactment, this series reveals the price these extraordinary women paid for their achievements. Yet in the end, they overcame all adversities to emerge as triumphant, inspirational icons of the 20th Century.
Makers: Women Who Make America will tell the remarkable story of the Women's Movement for the first time. Built on an extraordinary archive of interviews already completed for the website Makers.com, the film will feature the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those – both the famous and unknown – caught up in its wake. Watch the first hour of this PBS special and interact with other viewers—all on your computer screen! Click here to join.
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.
#SheDocs Online Film Festival brings you the best independent documentaries that tell the stories of women and girls defying odds and rising to leadership positions throughout history. Click here for a complete listing of 10 films streaming online for free throughout March.
Direct Connection: Dr. Carla Hayden
Host Jeff Salkin interviewed the influential CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library on February 25, 2013.
Funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Impressions with Rhea Feikin
Watch past interviews with these prominent Maryland women:
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