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Jane Byrne raising her finger while speaking at a mayoral forum

A Q&A with the Producer of a New Jane Byrne 'Chicago Stories'

Meredith Francis

Jane Byrne was the first woman to be elected Mayor of Chicago and the first woman to lead a mayor U.S. city. A new Chicago Stories documentary follow's Byrne's rise to power and tenure as mayor. 
Independent Lens: Writing with Fire

Celebrate Women's History Month with WTTW in 2022

Daniel Hautzinger

This Women's History Month on WTTW, you can watch the stories of women fighting for change in male-dominated worlds in different realms, all in new documentaries, including one nominated for an Academy Award. 
Louise Bourgeois's "Helping Hands" in the Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

A Contemporary Chicago Park Full of History

Daniel Hautzinger

The Chicago Women's Park and Gardens contains a sculpture by a world-famous artist as well as two of Chicago's most important historic homes, including one that had to be relocated in complicated fashion over the L to get there.
Emily Taft Douglas. Image: Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

The Woman Who Beat Her Husband to Congress

Daniel Hautzinger

When Emily Taft Douglas won a statewide election to become Illinois's fourth woman in Congress, her husband Paul had already lost a run for Senate and wouldn't win until four years later. Emily also marched with Dr. King, appeared on Broadway, and wrote books.
Juliette Kinzie

Unpacking the Complicated Legacy of One of Chicago’s ‘Forgotten Founders’

Meredith Francis

When it comes to Chicago’s early history, people like William Ogden or Cyrus McCormick and their families are often brought up as the city’s founders. But, according to one expert, one of Chicago’s “forgotten founders" is the writer and historian Juliette Kinzie.
Sophonisba Breckinridge. Image: Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

‘Forgotten Feminist’ Sophonisba Breckinridge was a Woman of Many Firsts

Meredith Francis

Sophonisba Breckinridge, a feminist and social reformer, accomplished a lot in her long career, much of which was spent at the University of Chicago. But despite all she achieved, she is what historian Anya Jabour calls a "forgotten feminist."
A portrait of Jovita Idár from 'Unladylike2020.' Artwork by Amelie Chabannes

Celebrating the 'Unsung Women Who Changed America' a Century Ago

Daniel Hautzinger

American Masters: Unladylike2020 encompasses a documentary and series of video profiles of 26 little-known women from the turn of the twentieth century who were pioneers in their fields and fought for civil rights.
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