Women’s History Month Programs

February 27, 2019

Jackie Clune (Julius Caesar) and company in Julius Caesar on Great Performances.

Jackie Clune (Julius Caesar) and company in Julius Caesar on Great Performances. Photo: Helen Maybanks


March is Women’s History Month and THIRTEEN presents documentaries and dramas with women in the lead, including an all-female production of Julius Caesar, films on the courageous women around the world who risk their lives for peace, and spotlights on singer-activists Joni Mitchell and Holly Near. For compelling stories of women who are making their voices heard and changing history, tune in to THIRTEEN or stream on any device.

Highlights of THIRTEEN’s Women’s History Month schedule in March, including female-centric dramas, are below. See our entire broadcast schedule, here.

American Masters – Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives

Friday, March 1 at 9 p.m.


For the last 40 years, feminist singer and activist Holly Near has worked on global social justice coalition-building in the women’s and lesbian movements. Experience her remarkable journey and the power of song in the fight for equality in this new documentary film. Stream the film now and learn more on the American Masters site.

American Masters: The Women’s List

Monday, March 11 at 10 p.m.


Meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ new “List” film featuring Madeleine Albright, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Wendy Williams and more. All trailblazers in their fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard.

In 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged film subject Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos Inc. with fraud, including false and misleading statements about the blood testing technology she invented. Stream the full episode now.

Women, War & Peace

March 25 and March 26, 9-11 p.m.


The acclaimed documentary series presents four new female-directed films exploring the pivotal role women are playing in dramatic conflicts and peace settlements across the globe, including in Northern Ireland, Egypt, Bangladesh, Haiti and Palestine. Watch clips and stream episodes after broadcast, here.

Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs

Monday, March 25 at 9 p.m.

Catholic and Protestant women come together in the wake of Northern Ireland’s bloody civil war to form an all-female political party and fight to ensure that human rights, equality and inclusion shape the historic Good Friday Agreement peace deal (The Belfast Agreement), signed in April 1998.

The Trials of Spring

Monday, March 25 at 10 p.m.

Chanting “Egyptian Women will never be stripped” activists call for an end to the increasing political violence targeting women.

Chanting “Egyptian Women will never be stripped” activists call for an end to the increasing political violence targeting women. December 18, 2011. Image courtesy of Mosireen Archive.


The Trials of Spring follows three Egyptian women as they put their lives and bodies on the line fighting for justice and freedom during the Arab Spring protests of 2011.

Naila and the Uprising

Tuesday, March 26 at 9 p.m.


Naila and the Uprising tells the deeply personal story of a courageous, non-violent women’s movement that formed the heart of the Palestinian struggle for freedom in 1987. During an uprising known as the first Intifada, one woman must make a choice between love, family and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers

Tuesday, March 26 at 10 p.m.


An all-female Bangladeshi police unit embarks on a risky UN peacekeeping mission into earthquake-ravaged Haiti in A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers. Leaving their families behind, these police officers shatter stereotypes as they rise in the name of building peace.

Great Performances -Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration

Thursday, March 14 at 9 p.m.


This star-studded 75th birthday salute to legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was filmed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles in November 2018. James Taylor, Graham Nash, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Seal, Rufus Wainwright, and others perform songs from Mitchell’s iconic career. Learn more about the concert film on the Great Performances site.

Great Performances – Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own

Friday, March 22 at 9 p.m.


Opera aficionados won’t want to miss this documentary exploring the life of the Swedish soprano who was the face of opera from the 1950s through the seventies. The film showcases her greatest roles and larger-than-life personality and wit, featuring rare performance footage and interviews with opera luminaries, including Plácido Domingo. Learn more on the Great Performances site.

Great Performances: Julius Caesar

Friday, March 29 at 9 p.m.


Shakespeare’s timeless tale of power, loyalty and tragic idealism is heightened against the backdrop of female incarceration inJulius Caesar. Director Phyllida Lloyd’s groundbreaking, all-female production from London’s Donmar Warehouse is set in a women’s prison and stars Harriet Walter as Brutus, Jackie Clune as Julius Caesar, and Jade Anouka as Mark Antony. Learn more on the Great Performances site.

Great Performances: Julius Caesar airs as part of Women's History Month.

Great Performances: Julius Caesar airs as part of Women’s History Month. Photo: Helen Maybanks

Dramatic Series Focused on Women

Jamestown Season 1

Saturdays at 8 p.m., starting March 8


From the producers of Downton Abbey, Jamestown follows the lives of three courageous women who decide to leave their dark pasts behind in England for a new life in 17th-century America. Once they land in the company-run colony in Virginia, they must reckon with the men they are to marry as the price for their passage. This is the first time the eight-part Season 1 will be broadcast on THIRTEEN. THIRTEEN members can stream Seasons 1 and 2 with THIRTEEN Passport.

Call the Midwife – Season 8

Sundays, starting March 31 at 8 p.m.

Call the Midwife Season 8: Nurse Valerie Dyer (JENNIFER KIRBY), Nurse Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT).

Pictured: Nurse Valerie Dyer (JENNIFER KIRBY), Nurse Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT). Photo: Neal Street Productions.


You can call this one a late delivery for Women’s History Month, but the brand new season featuring the midwives of London’s East End is technically just in time. At the start of season eight, it’s spring of 1964 and everyone is excited for the Queen’s Royal Birth. Trixie is back, and with the additions of two new Sisters living and working with the team in Poplar, Nonnatus House feels full once more.

Stream episodes for two weeks after broadcast, here.

Mrs. Wilson – Masterpiece

Premieres Sunday, March 31 at 9 p.m.


Actress Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Jane Eyre) stars in this drama inspired by her grandmother’s memoir. Alison Wilson thinks she is happily married until her husband Alec (Iain Glen, Game of Thrones) dies, and another woman claims to be Alec’s wife. Alison is determined to prove the validity of her own marriage – but is instead led into a world of disturbing secrets.

Stream episodes for two weeks after broadcast or become a THIRTEEN member to enjoy extended streaming with THIRTEEN Passport.

Victoria – Masterpiece

Sunday, March 4 at 8 and 9 p.m., and streaming now


Stream or tune-in for the finale (part 8 of 8) of Victoria Season 3 on Sunday, March 4 at 9 p.m. (the penultimate episode gets an encore the hour prior at 8 p.m.). If you have not yet seen Season 3, here is the synopsis: As revolution breaks out across Europe, Queen Victoria will face a crisis that threatens to end her reign. Victoria stars Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) as the candid, spirited monarch who was perhaps the first woman to seem to have it all.

Stream episodes for two weeks after broadcast or become a THIRTEEN member to enjoy extended streaming with THIRTEEN Passport.