Celebrate Women’s History Month 2019!

March 5, 2019 Susannah Brooks Leave a Comment

Birgit Nilsson performs the title role in Turandot, wearing a dramatic Chinese-themed trainFighters, feminists and “firsts” take the screen this month, showcasing the contributions of women in the modern world.

Wisconsin Public Television offers a full lineups of broadcast programs and online extras to enjoy, from American Masters to pledge specials featuring favorite musicians.

Read on to see what’s in store!


Against All Odds: Meet the Woman Behind American Masters

Holly Near: Singing For Our Lives
All new – watch now online!

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.

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Patsy Cline
8 p.m. Friday, March 22

Celebrate the life and legacy of the groundbreaking “Crazy” singer who defined modern country music. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, the film features interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Beverly D’Angelo, Wanda Jackson and others.

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Julia! America’s Favorite Chef
8 p.m. Friday, March 29 | Watch online now

Savor the life and legacy of Julia Child, who introduced French cuisine to America through her public TV series, The French Chef, in 1963. This film tells two passionate love stories from Julia Child’s life: her relationship with husband Paul Child, and her love for French food.

The Women’s List
12 p.m. Sunday, March 31 | Watch online now

Meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture, including Madeleine Albright, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi and more.


Women in Hollywood
10 p.m. Monday, March 18

Interviews include actress-producer-activist Jane Fonda; television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes; Disney screenwriter Linda Woolverton; writer-director-actress Lena Dunham; Oscar nominee Glenn Close; director Nancy Meyers; and actress Zoe Saldana.

Women in War
3 p.m. Friday, March 22

Interviews include Linda Bray, first woman to lead troops into battle; Valerie Plame Wilson, “outed” as a high-level spy; war correspondents Molly Moore, Clarissa Ward and Christiane Amanpour; retired Marine Corps General Angela Salinas; and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy.

Women in Business
12 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Interviews include Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, the first African-American woman to head a Fortune 500 company; Wall Street powerhouse Sallie Krawcheck; media personality Cathy Hughes, the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded corporation; lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart; and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook.


Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration
8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10 | Preview

An all-star lineup gathers to celebrate Mitchell’s singular musical artistry, performing songs from throughout the varied stylistic periods of her groundbreaking career.

Don’t miss:
Joni Mitchell at the Isle of Wight 1970
9:30 p.m. Friday, March 15

Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own
3 p.m. Sunday, March 24 | Preview

Celebrate the life of Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson, the face of opera in the 1950s-70s. This performance-documentary showcases her greatest roles in rare footage, including Elektra and the Ring Cycle, plus interviews with Placido Domingo and more.

Clip: Birgit Nilsson’s vocal technique

Queen Elizabeth II
3 p.m. Friday, March 15

Explore Queen Elizabeth’s remarkable life, from her youth to her reign of more than 60 years.

Two episodes! Begins 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24

This moving profile reveals the dramatic inside story of the Queen Mother’s life, from her Scottish upbringing to her unexpected role as queen consort and her years of widowhood.

10:30 p.m. Friday, March 29

Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant – and unheralded – feminist activists of the 20th century.

Women in headscarves protest in the Middle East in a photo from Women, War & PeaceWOMEN, WAR & PEACE

Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs
8 p.m. Monday, March 25

Meet the courageous women fighting for human rights in the wake of Northern Ireland’s civil war.

The Trials of Spring
9 p.m. Monday, March 25

Follow three Egyptian women who risk everything fighting for justice during the Arab Spring.

Naila and the Uprising
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26

Meet Naila, who embraces love, family and freedom during the 1987 Palestine uprising.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers
9 p.m. Tuesday, March 26

Join an all-female Bangladeshi police unit on a peacekeeping mission in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.


More full-length episodes of your favorite programs are available with WPT Passport! Programs marked (P) are available to exclusively to Passport members. Learn more about WPT Passport here.

May we suggest:

American Masters

Lorraine Hansberry poses with her typewriterIn addition to the full episodes and extras listed here, American Masters offers an exciting lineup of web exclusives in its online series, Inspiring Woman.

The six-part web series features inspiring influencers, including:

  • Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, the visual artist who created the international street art series “Stop Telling Women to Smile”
  • Rakia Reynolds, entrepreneur and founder and CEO of multimedia communications agency Skai Blue Media
  • Molly Soda, digital performance artist
  • Sara Chipps, JavaScript developer and CEO of Jewelbots
  • Tracy Clayton, writer, humorist and co-host of BuzzFeed’s award-winning podcast Another Round


The Apology (P)
93Queen (P)
Still Tomorrow (P)
The War to Be Her (P)


Into My Life
Mi Abuela Panchita
A Certain Kind of Love
A More Perfect Union


Rachel Carson (P)

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