March is Women's History Month, and we want to commemorate and acknowledge the many achievements of women in our nation. The successes and innovations brought forth by women in our society have revolutionized and advanced our country in astronomical ways.
WEDU PBS invites you to celebrate the trailblazing women performers, activists, artists, and inspirations. Below you will find programming that honors women and their impacts on society.
Great Performances At The Met: The Hours
Renée Fleming makes her return to the Met in this new opera by from Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts, adapted from Michael Cunningham’s novel, inspired by Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway.” Also inspired by the 2002 Oscar-winning film, the opera follows three women from different eras who each grapple with inner demons and their roles in society. The opera also stars Tony winner Kelli O’Hara and opera star Joyce DiDonato. Phelim McDermott directs with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting. Christine Baranski hosts.
WEDU | March 17 | 9 PM
WEDQ | March 24 | 6 PM
Shows Featuring Strong Female Leads
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care.
WEDU | March 19 | 8 PM
Jane Austen’s final and incomplete novel, written only months before her death in 1817, Sanditon tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) and her journey of discovery and love.
WEDU | March 19 | 9 PM
Marie Antoinette (Emilia Schüle, “Berlin Dance School”) is just a teenager when she leaves Austria to marry the dauphin of France (Louis Cunningham, “Bridgerton”). With pressure to continue the Bourbon line and secure the Franco-Austrian alliance, she must follow the complex rules of the French court while attempting to charm her reluctant king-to-be, Louis XVI. Transforming into the Queen of Style and a true fashion icon, Marie Antoinette tries to recreate Versailles in her image: free, independent, and feminist.
WEDU| March 19 | 10 PM
Independent Lens: Storming Caesars Palace | PREVIEW
Long Description: 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.
WEDU | March 20 | 10 PM
Independent Lens: Hidden Letters| PREVIEW
Long Description: For centuries in China, the once-secret written language of Nüshu was calligraphed on folded fans and handkerchiefs as hidden letters so women could share stories and express solidarity in a repressive era when many women were denied literacy. Confronting patriarchy, two modern women find solace in Nüshu, rediscovering connections between traditional Chinese womanhood and contemporary feminism.
WEDU | March 27 | 10 PM
American Masters: In the Making | LEARN MORE
This documentary shorts series from American Masters and Firelight Media follows eight emerging cultural icons – creators who bring insight and originality to their craft – on their journeys to becoming masters of their artistic disciplines.
WEDU | March 24 | 9 PM
WEDQ | March 27 | 8 PM
Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Mind | LEARN MORE
Ruth Stone was a promising young poet when her husband suddenly committed suicide. Destitute, with three daughters to support, she traveled the country teaching, but always returned to her farmhouse in Vermont. Using animation by granddaughter Bianca Stone, archival footage, and candid interviews with Ruth, her family, and other poets, the film is an intimate portrait of a great American poet.
WEDQ | March 23 | 10 PM
Awakening in Taos the Mabel Dodge Luhan Story | PREVIEW
Mabel Dodge Luhan was a trailblazing feminist 100 years ahead of her time. She was a champion for Women and Native American rights. In 1917 she moved from Greenwich Village to Taos, New Mexico. There she married Tony Lujan, a Tiwa Indian from Taos Pueblo.
WEDQ | March 28 | 12PM and 10 PM