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Celebrate Women’s History Month with these PBS programs!

February 27, 2023 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

PBS Wisconsin honors the achievements and contributions of trailblazing American women, past and present, with these programs.

Great Performances: Ann

10 p.m. Friday, March 17

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. PBS Wisconsin Passport members can stream the program now!

American Masters: Mae West – Dirty Blonde

3 p.m. Sunday March 19

Dive into the life and career of groundbreaking writer, performer and subversive star Mae West. Over a career spanning eight decades, she broke boundaries and possessed creative and economic powers unheard of for a female entertainer in the 1930s. PBS Wisconsin Passport members can stream the program now!

Austin City Limits: The Best of Nanci Griffith

11 p.m. Sunday, March 19

Enjoy an hour of late Texas singer/songwriter legend Nanci Griffith’s best Austin City Limits performances. PBS Wisconsin Passport members can stream the program now!

Independent Lens: Storming Caesars Palace

9 p.m. Monday, March 20

After losing her job as a hotel worker in Las Vegas, Ruby Duncan joined a welfare rights group of mothers who defied notions of the “welfare queen.” In a fight for guaranteed income, Ruby and other equality activists took on the Nevada mob in organizing a massive protest that shut down Caesars Palace.

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

10 p.m. Tuesday, March 21

Learn the story of Civil Rights leader Vel Phillips. Discover how Phillips achieved an impressive list of “firsts” as part of her legacy, including the first African American judge in Wisconsin and the first woman, and African American, in the nation elected to executive office in state government.

Ida B. Wells: American Stories

10 p.m. Wednesday, March 22

There are few historical figures whose life and work speak to the current moment more than Ida B. Wells, the 19th century crusading investigative journalist, civil rights leader and passionate suffragist.

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

10 p.m. Friday, March 24

Featuring the voice of actor Sarah Jessica Parker, What She Said is a feature-length documentary about the person Roger Ebert declared the most influential film critic of the late twentieth century.

Route 66 Women: The Untold Story of the Mother Road

Three-part series premieres 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26

Uncover the extraordinary lives and achievements of women who overcame gender discrimination and segregation to build fulfilling lives and legacies on America’s most iconic highway. PBS Wisconsin Passport members can stream the entire three-part series now!

American Masters: Laura Ingalls Wilder – Prairie to Page

9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28

Take an unvarnished look at the unlikely “Little House” series author whose autobiographical fiction helped shape American ideas of the frontier and self-reliance. PBS Wisconsin Passport members can stream the entire three-part series now!

Wisconsin’s Nazi Resistance: The Mildred Fish Harnack Story

10 p.m. Wednesday, March 29

Take a provocative look at a Milwaukee-born, University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate who became the only American woman ever executed on the direct order of Adolf Hitler for her involvement in the Berlin resistance movement.

2 thoughts on “Celebrate Women’s History Month with these PBS programs!”

  • Jane Kirkeide says:

    Great series! We set our DVR to record these, thank you PBS for doing this! Thank you for the email reminder too, without it, we probably would miss much of this!

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