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Celebrate Women's History Month with WTTW in 2021

Daniel Hautzinger
Flannery O'Connor. Photo: Joe McTyre
Flannery O'Connor. Photo: Joe McTyre

This March, celebrate Women's History Month with a variety of programming from WTTW featuring profiles of artistic women, looks into the past at trailblazers and rulers, stories of contemporary women working to reshape society, and more. Plus, find more stories and content at WTTW's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion hub.

Dolly Parton & Friends: 50 Years at the Opry

Monday, March 1 at 7:30 pm on WTTW

Dolly Parton celebrates 50 years at the Grand Ole Opry by delivering some of her biggest hits on one of the most iconic stages in the world. Featuring new interviews with Parton and guest appearances by Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Margo Price, Hank Williams, Jr., and more.

Rise Up: Songs of the Women's Movement

Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, March 11 at 10:00 pm on WTTW

Celebrate the centennial of women's right to vote through popular music, including performances by Aretha Franklin, Lesley Gore, Helen Reddy, Loretta Lynn, Gloria Gaynor, Dolly Parton, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Tina Turner and more.

Secrets of the Six Wives

Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 pm and Saturday, March 6 at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Travel with historian Lucy Worsley back to the Tudor court to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of Henry VIII's six wives, each of whom found a method of exerting influence.

Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets

Fridays at 4:00 pm beginning March 5 on WTTW Prime

Join Lucy Worsley on a journey across Europe to visit the incredible locations where royal history was made. From Elizabeth I to Marie Antoinette, learn how royal history is a mixture of facts, exaggeration, manipulation and mythology.

Tina Turner: One Last Time

Friday, March 5 at 8:00 pm on WTTW

In 2000, Tina Turner's final UK concert was filmed at London's Wembley Stadium with a state-of-the-art stage set, 18 cameras, and one of the world's top directors. Turner's inspiring, powerful performance made it an unforgettable event.

Little Women

Sunday, March 7 beginning at 11:00 am and Wednesday, March 10 beginning at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

This adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott is from the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife, Heidi Thomas. Don't miss American Master.'s profile of Alcott later in the month.

Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration

Thursday, March 11 at 8:00 pm on WTTW

A look at Mary Tyler Moore's career features great clips and interviews with the actress's co-stars.

Carol Burnett: A Celebration

Thursday, March 11 at 9:00 pm on WTTW

The career of the comedy legend is celebrated with great clips and memories from iconic stars.

American Masters — Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page

Saturday, March 13 at 8:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Follow the journey of the award-winning author of the best-selling Little House series in this exploration of her life and legacy and her little-known, secret collaboration with her daughter on the books that shaped American ideas of the frontier.

American Masters — Louisa May Alcott

Saturday, March 13 at 9:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Examine the literary double life of this celebrated author, who wrote scandalous works under a pseudonym. Discover some of her writings beyond Little Women.

Not Done: Women Remaking America

Monday, March 15 at 9:00 pm on WTTW and Monday, March 22 at 2:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Chart the last five years of the women's movement and its intersectional fight for equality.

POV: And She Could Be Next

Monday, March 15 at 10:00 pm on WTTW and Saturdays, March 20 and 27 at 8:00 pm on WTTW Prime

And She Could Be Next tells the story of a defiant movement of women of color, transforming politics from the ground up by fighting for a truly reflective democracy.

American Masters — Flannery

Tuesday, March 23 at 8:00 pm on WTTW

Explore the life of Flannery O'Connor, whose provocative fiction was unlike anything published before. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered journals, and interviews with Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones, Hilton Als, and more.

Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors

Thursday, March 25 at 9:00 pm on WTTW

Lucy Worsley traces novelist Jane Austen's life and career as she explores the homes and holiday apartments Austen lived and stayed. The Pride and Prejudice author used houses and property as central themes in her work, and was very much influenced by where she lived.

American Masters — Twyla Moves

Friday, March 26 at 9:00 pm on WTTW

Twyla Tharp instructing at Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2008. Photo: Marc von BorstelTwyla Tharp instructing at Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2008. Photo: Marc von Borstel

Explore legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp's career and famously rigorous creative process, with original interviews, first-hand glimpses of her at work, and rare archival footage of select performances from her more than 160 choreographed works.

American Masters — Hedy Lamarr

Sunday, March 28 at 2:00 pm on WTTW

Discover the story of the most beautiful woman in the world, an actress who was also an ingenious inventor. Her pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication, including WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

American Masters — Mae West: Dirty Blonde

Sunday, March 28 at 3:30 pm on WTTW

Dive into the life and career of groundbreaking writer, performer, and subversive star Mae West. Over a career spanning eight decades, she broke boundaries and possessed creative and economic powers unheard of for a female entertainer in the 1930s.

Leah Chase: The Queen of Creole Cuisine

Sunday, March 28 at 5:00 pm on WTTW

For more than 70 years, Edgar 'Dooky' Chase, Jr. and Leah Chase worked tirelessly together to uplift their family and their community through their faith and their active involvement in social justice. The couple turned a family sandwich shop in Treme to a famous, fine dining restaurant called Dooky Chase, and Leah became a renowned chef known around the country.