American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers
American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers premieres Friday, July 10 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) pbs.org/americanmasters and the PBS Video app as part of PBS’ summer-long celebration of women trailblazers.
Timed with the 2020 presidential election and the women’s suffrage centennial, American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers
focuses on political change and civic engagement, examining the risks women took over 100 years ago that continue to shape our political landscape today. Among the women highlighted in the special are Martha Hughes Cannon
, the country’s first female state senator; Jeannette Rankin,
the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress; Mary Church Terrell
, a leader in the anti-lynching movement and a founder of the NAACP; Jovita Idar
, a journalist, and president of the first Mexican American women’s civil rights organization; and Zitkála-Šá
, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, who lobbied for U.S. citizenship, voting rights, and sovereignty for American Indians a century ago. The special is based on the Unladylike2020
multimedia series of documentary shorts that launched in March on the American Masters YouTube channel
and continues Wednesdays through August 26, Women’s Equality Day.
Unladylike2020: The Changemakers
Mark the women’s suffrage centennial with stories of pioneering women who shaped American politics.
Explore the stories of pioneering women in American politics who advocated for suffrage and civil rights over 100 years ago, including the first women in the U.S. Congress and State Senate, and a co-founder of the NAACP.