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Launch—UNLADYLIKE2020: Unsung Women who Changed America

February 29, 2020March 1, 2020

Portrait of Mary Church Terrell, a groundbreaking civil rights activist.

Mary Church Terrell, a groundbreaking civil rights activist, organizer, educator, and writer. Original artwork by Amelie Chabannes.

PBS—Releasing weekly on the American Masters and UNLADYLIKE2020 websites starting in March, Unladylike2020 is a multimedia series consisting of a one-hour special for broadcast and 26 digital short films featuring courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century. These women achieved many firsts, including earning an international pilot’s license, becoming a bank president, founding a hospital, fighting for the desegregation of public spaces, exploring the Arctic, opening a film studio, and singing opera at Carnegie Hall. Presenting history in a bold new way, American Masters — Unladylike2020, produced and directed by Charlotte Mangin, brings these incredible stories back to life through original artwork and animation, rare historical archival footage, and interviews with descendants, historians and accomplished modern women who reflect upon the influence of these pioneers.

A vast interactive website, coming March 1, featuring the stories of over 100 diverse and extraordinary women from the turn of the 20th century who broke barriers and achieved tremendous professional heights.

Read on for more about this project, and PBS’ summer-long celebration of female trailblazers here.

UNLADYLIKE 2020 is supported by California Humanities through a California Documentary Project grant.



February 29, 2020
March 1, 2020
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