Telling Her Story

Powerful portraits of women in academics, literature, film and music this week for Women's History Month.


Heroines abound in the PBS Sunday night dramas Call the Midwife, Sanditon and Marie Antoinette. In honor of Women's History Month, however, we're also paying extra attention to remarkable women in American history this month. This week we present two episodes of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and two of AMERICAN MASTERS that share the stories of women in academics, literature, film and music.

American Experience

Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space
Thursday, March 23 at 8:00pm
Meet the influential author and key figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Also an anthropologist, Hurston collected folklore throughout the South and Caribbean — reclaiming, honoring and celebrating Black life on its own terms.  Watch Now

Voice of Freedom
Sunday, March 26 at 2:00pm
Voice of Freedom explores contralto Marion Anderson’s rich life story, exploring fundamental questions about talent, race, fame, democracy, and the American soul. Watch Now


American Masters

Mae West: Dirty Blonde
Monday, March 27 at 9:00pm
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.  Watch Now

Thursday, March 30 at 8:00pm
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.  Watch Now

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