Playlist Women's History Month
Women's History Month
The Little-Known Social Worker and Writer Who Embodied Chicago’s Role as a “Cauldron” for Social MovementsMeredith Francis
March 20, 2023
Though the history books rarely mention her, social worker and avant-garde writer Mary Field Parton embodies Chicago's role as a focal point of political and social movements.
What to Watch on WTTW for Women’s History MonthMeredith Francis
February 27, 2023
Celebrate Women's History Month with WTTW in March with the stories of women who were leaders in their fields.
Celebrate Women's History Month with WTTW in 2022Daniel Hautzinger
February 25, 2022
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.
Celebrate Women's History Month with WTTW in 2021Daniel Hautzinger
March 1, 2021
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.
The Chicago Suffragists Who Fought for Women’s Right to VoteMeredith Francis
March 20, 2020
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote. Chicago was home to some of the leading suffragists in the nation, and they brought Illinois women a limited right to vote years before 1920.
Our Women's History Month ProgrammingDaniel Hautzinger
March 5, 2020
March is Women's History Month, and we're celebrating with all sorts of programming: appreciative looks at some of America's funniest women, profiles of literary landmarks, documentaries looking at the dearth of women in various positions, and even a PBS Kids special.
Chicago's Unsung, Pioneering WomenDaniel Hautzinger
March 20, 2019
Even prominent female groundbreakers are rarely recognized – there are approximately 40 figurative statues of men in Chicago but only two of women – so what about equally important pioneers who have been forgotten, from activists to literary figures to businesswomen?
The First Female African American PilotDaniel Hautzinger
March 20, 2018
Only eighteen years after the Wright brothers' first flight, Bessie Coleman overcame both racism and sexism to become the first African American woman to earn a pilot's license, with the help of the Chicago Defender. But her high-flying career was cut tragically short.
What to Stream This MonthDaniel Hautzinger
March 15, 2018
Celebrate Women's History Month with stories of women forgotten or restricted by history like the six wives of Henry VIII, a trailblazing television pioneer, and a popular, binge-worthy discontinued series about women on the home front.
From the Archive: Toni MorrisonDaniel Hautzinger
March 13, 2018
In 1977, Toni Morrison spoke to WTTW's John Callaway about empathy, the importance of storytelling, and her deep love of writing in an extraordinary interview. Watch the Nobel Prize-winning novelist speak honestly early in her career.
Meet 20 of Chicago's Influential Women in CultureDaniel Hautzinger
September 26, 2017
The renowned Chicago-based artist Kerry James Marshall is painting a mural on the side of the Chicago Cultural Center that will honor twenty women "who've worked to shape the cultural landscape of the city, past and present."Who are they?
International Women's DayDaniel Hautzinger
March 31, 2017
Revisit exceptional women from Nora Ephron to Oprah, Christie Hefner to Maya Angelou, and all three Brontë sisters, with archival interviews, a countrified trivia quiz, explorations of historical figures, and more.
The Brontë Family and the Actors Who Portray ThemDaniel Hautzinger
March 25, 2017
To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters, which aired Sunday, explores the lives of the authors of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey. Do the actors in the film look like the people that they play?
From the Archive: 'New Yorker' Film Critic Pauline KaelDaniel Hautzinger
March 10, 2017
Hear the influential critic speak about writing a review and the animosity towards a woman writing criticism in this interview with WTTW's John Callaway in 1980.
From the Archive: 'Playboy' Executive Christie HefnerDaniel Hautzinger
March 9, 2017
Last month, Playboy brought back nude pictorials after a year without them. Hear part of the debate over the magazine's portrayal of women as it stood back in 1978, in an archival interview with Christie Hefner, then the VP of the company.
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