PBS’s American Masters is helping to illuminate the stories of extraordinary American heroines from the early years of feminism with Unladylike2020. The multimedia series consists of a one-hour special for broadcast and 26 digital short films profiling courageous and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century, and the contemporary women who follow in their footsteps.
“American Masters: Unladylike2020” airs Friday, July 10 at 10 p.m. on Mountain Lake PBS, and touches on topics such as the labor movement, immigration, politics, civil rights, and women’s suffrage, and helps make connections between our past and our present.
Diverse in profession, race, ethnicity, geographical and class backgrounds, sexual orientation, and gender expression, these women broke barriers in fields dominated by men like science, business, journalism, exploration, and the arts.
Check out these profiles of two the trailblazing women featured in the series: Queen Lili‘uokalani, the first sovereign queen, and the last monarch of Hawai‘i and Sissieretta Jones, the first Black woman to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall.
Beyond the 26 short films and broadcast hour, Unladylike2020 has also collected the stories of over 200 other extraordinary women from the turn of the 20th century. On their website, you can read more about the “unsung women who changed America” like desegregation activist, Mary Tape, and radical labor organizer, Lucy Gonzalez Parsons.
“Let us sink such differences as nationality, religion, politics, and set our eyes eternally and forever toward the rising star of the industrial republic of labor.” – Lucy Gonzalez Parsons
If you want your kids to learn along, check out the Unladylike2020 PBS LearningMedia collection that will update with new digital resources every Wednesday through August 26, 2020 — the 100th anniversary of the date when the 19th Amendment was signed into law.