American Masters: Unladylike2020

American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers 

Air date: 07/10/2020

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.

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Unladylike2020: The Changemakers

Short Listing: 
Mark the women’s suffrage centennial with stories of pioneering women who shaped American politics.  
Long Listing:
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.
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Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973), Suffragist, Peace Activist & First Woman Member of U.S. Congress. Photo Credit: Artwork by Amelie Chabannes. Copyright Unladylike Productions, LLC.

Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973), Suffragist, Peace Activist & First Woman Member of U.S. Congress. Photo Credit:

Jeannette Rankin, speaking from the balcony of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, April 2, 1917. Photo Credit: Courtesy of National Archives

Zitkála-Šá with her violin. Photo Credit: Public Domain.

Zitkála-Šá, aka Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, (1876–1938) Photo Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress

Zitkála-Šá, aka Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, (1876–1938), American Indian Composer, Author & Civil Rights Activist. Photo Credit: Artwork by Amelie Chabannes. Copyright Unladylike Productions, LLC.

Jovita Idár (1885-1946) Latina Journalist, Educator and Feminist. Photo Credit: Artwork by Amelie Chabannes. Copyright Unladylike Productions, LLC.

Jovita Idár (1885-1946) Latina Journalist, Educator and Feminist. Photo Credit: Public Domain.

Journalist Jovita Idár stands with the printing press of the Spanish-language newspaper El Progreso c. 1914. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Humanities Texas

Martha Hughes Cannon (1857-1932) - First Woman State Senator and Public Health Pioneer. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Utah State Historical Society

Archival photograph of the Utah Senate Legislature 1897. Photo Credit: Courtesy of University of Utah

Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954), Pioneering Civil Rights Activist, Writer, and Educator. Photo Credit: Artwork by Amelie Chabannes. Copyright Unladylike Productions, LLC.

Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954), Pioneering Civil Rights Activist, Writer, and Educator. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress

Archival photograph of octogenarian Mary Church Terrell in the 1950s protesting the segregation of public places in Washington, DC.Photo Credit: Courtesy of Oberlin College Archives