PBS programs honor Women’s History Month

March 1, 2022 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

PBS Wisconsin invites you to celebrate the trailblazing women of American arts and music, storytelling, civil rights and military service with these programs airing this month and streaming anytime online and on the free PBS App of your Roku, other streaming devices, phones, tablets and Smart TVs.

We also invite you to explore Wisconsin Women Making History, a growing digital resource dedicated to the remarkable women who have contributed to Wisconsin’s state legacy.


Betty White: First Lady of Television

2 p.m. Saturday, March 5 and 10 p.m. Thursday, March 10

America lost one of its most beloved stars on Dec. 31, 2021. This 2018 documentary celebrates Betty White’s life and career, and features a treasure trove of video clips of her iconic characters.

Independent Lens: 9to5 – The Story of a Movement

10 p.m. Friday, March 18

Go inside the inspiring movement for women’s workplace equality in the 1970s. PBS Wisconsin Passport members: Watch the full program now!

This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer

11:30 p.m. Friday, March 18 and 11 p.m. Monday, March 21

Follow Mississippi sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer’s journey from beaten field-hand to political powerhouse.

Austin City Limits: Mavis Staples

11 p.m. Sunday, March 20

Soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples performs songs from “You Are Not Alone” as well as Staples Singers classics.

Great Performances: The Conductor

3 p.m. Sunday, March 27

Follow Marin Alsop’s journey to become the first female music director of a major American symphony despite repeated rejection by the classical music industry.


American Experience: The Vote

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

Wisconsin’s Nazi Resistance: The Mildred Fish-Harnack Story

This 2011 documentary takes a provocative look at a Milwaukee-born University of Wisconsin graduate who became the only American woman ever executed on the direct order of Adolf Hitler for her involvement in the Berlin resistance movement.

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

PBS Wisconsin tells the story of civil rights leader Vel Phillips. Discover how Vel 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.

Emma Toft: One With Nature

Come explore the work of an environmental pioneer in Wisconsin’s Door County. Despite commercial development just down the road, Toft Point near Bailey’s Harbor remains as it was over a thousand years ago. Emma Toft was a lady of the wilderness and was willing to fight for the land and the respect of plants and animals. This is a story of her preservation and perseverance.

American Masters: How it Feels to be Free

The inspiring story of how six iconic African American female entertainers Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier challenged an entertainment industry deeply complicit in perpetuating racist stereotypes, and transformed themselves and their audiences in the process.

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