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.


They Dared! : Gwendolyn Patton

They Dared!

August 23, 2020

Gwendolyn Patton

Dr. Gwendolyn Patton was active in desegregation, voting rights, anti-war and anti-draft movement as well as a teacher and theorist in the black freedom struggle.

They Dared! : Virginia Foster Durr

They Dared!

June 25, 2020

Virginia Foster Durr

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.

They Dared! : Claudette Colvin

They Dared!

June 25, 2020

Claudette Colvin

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.

They Dared! : Pattie Ruffner Jacobs

They Dared!

July 1, 2020

Pattie Ruffner Jacobs

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.

They Dared! : Bess Bolden Walcott

They Dared!

July 14, 2020

Bess Bolden Walcott

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.

They Dared! : Lilly Ledbetter

They Dared!

July 22, 2020

Lilly Ledbetter

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.

They Dared! : Helen Keller

They Dared!

August 31, 2020

Helen Keller

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.

They Dared! : Adella Hunt Logan

They Dared!

August 12, 2020

Adella Hunt Logan

Adella Hunt Logan was an African American activist, educator and suffragist. She saw universal suffrage as the path to universal education and social equity, organizing and writing on behalf of the right to vote for all.

They Dared! : Evelyn Daniel Anderson

They Dared!

August 16, 2020

Evelyn Daniel Anderson

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.

They Dared! : Zora Neale Hurston

They Dared!

August 2, 2020

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston is celebrated for her most famous book, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” but did you know this Alabama-born writer was also an influential anthropologist considered to be the first African-American female filmmaker?

They Dared! : Amelia Boynton Robinson

They Dared!

August 26, 2020

Amelia Boynton Robinson

Did you know Martin Luther King Jr. was invited to Selma by Amelia Boynton Robinson, who had been organizing locally for justice decades before his arrival in the 1960s? Learn more about this courageous civil rights leader with They Dared!

They Dared! : Juliette Hampton Morgan

They Dared!

July 8, 2020

Juliette Hampton Morgan

Juliette Hampton Morgan was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1914, into a life of white privilege, but among her white peers, chose to challenge racism and support civil rights for all.


American Experience : Part 1 | The Vote | American Experience

American Experience

July 5, 2020

Part 1 | The Vote | American Experience

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.

By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South : By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South

By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South

June 30, 2020

By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South

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.

American Masters : Unladylike2020: Unsung Women Who Changed America

American Masters

July 9, 2020

Unladylike2020: Unsung Women Who Changed America

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.

POV : And She Could Be Next (Ep. 1)


June 28, 2020

And She Could Be Next (Ep. 1)

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.

American Masters : Mae West: Dirty Blonde

American Masters

June 15, 2020

Mae West: Dirty Blonde

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.

Antiques Roadshow : Women's Work

Antiques Roadshow

July 5, 2020

Women's Work

Celebrate trailblazing women in a special hour spotlighting outstanding contributions from female athletes, artists, activists, and more who left an indelible mark on the world around us through their thought-provoking objects and accomplishments.

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