CELEBRATING WOMEN'S HISTORY
Alabama Public Television celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with this collection of local and national stories of courageous women. The APT digital series They Dared! celebrates strong and determined Alabama women who dared to make a difference. This new series is produced by a cross departmental group of women from the APT staff.
June 25, 2020
Virginia Foster Durr was born in 1903 to an affluent family in Birmingham, Alabama. Throughout her life she dedicated herself to the fight for social justice. From works with Eleanor Roosevelt to helping bail out Rosa Parks after her infamous arrest when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus.
June 25, 2020
Claudette Colvin was born on September 5th, 1939 in Montgomery, AL. In 1955 at the age of 15, nine months before Rosa Parks, she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery Bus. Claudette Colvin’s contribution to history was overlooked for years before her decision to remain seated gained the recognition it deserved.
July 1, 2020
Pattie Ruffner Jacobs was a resourceful, passionate Alabama advocate who became most notable for her efforts to gain women's right to vote. She researched extensively to become a tactical legislative lobbyist, steadily becoming one of the suffrage movements most compelling and versatile speakers.
July 14, 2020
Bess Bolden Walcott dedicated the majority of her 100+ years to serving Tuskegee University. Recruited to teach by Booker T. Washington, she also served as librarian and curator of the Washington Carver Museum. But most notably she organized the first black-led chapter of the American Red Cross.
July 22, 2020
Lilly Ledbetter was born in 1938 in Jacksonville, AL. In 1998, after working at Goodyear for nineteen years, Ledbetter received an anonymous note revealing that she had been paid thousands less per year than her male counterparts. She has been fighting for fair pay for women ever since.
August 31, 2020
Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing to an illness at 19 months. As a child, she learned to understand and communicate with the world around her and went on to acquire an excellent education. As an adult, Keller devoted her time to humanitarian pursuits and was an important influence on the treatment of people with disabilities.
August 16, 2020
Evelyn Daniel Anderson became severely disable at the age of 4 and was unable to stand, walk, or sit. She followed her passion of teaching even though it was illegal for disabled people to be hired to teach in Alabama. Her dedication and effectiveness as teacher inspired the Alabama School Board and state senate to repeal the prohibition in 1953, making her Alabama's first disabled teacher.
July 5, 2020
One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.
June 30, 2020
In August 1920 in Nashville, Tennessee legislators cast the deciding vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, thus giving women in the United States the right to vote. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, ``By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South`` chronicles events leading up to that turbulent, nail-biting showdown.
July 9, 2020
Illuminating the stories of extraordinary American heroines from the early years of feminism, American Masters — Unladylike2020 is a multimedia series consisting of a one-hour special for broadcast and 26 digital short films featuring courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century.
June 28, 2020
And She Could Be Next follows a defiant movement of women of color as they transform politics from the ground up. Filmed during the historic 2018 midterm elections, the series features organizers and candidates (including Rashida Tlaib and Stacey Abrams) as they fight for a truly reflective government, asking whether democracy can be preserved—and made stronger—by those most marginalized.