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|Bay Area Heroes Chosen For 2004 Women's History Month|
KQED and the Women's Foundation of California to Honor Seven Bay Area
Women as Local Heroes
More Than 75 Women-Themed Programs to Air on KQED Public Television
San Francisco, California, February 25, 2004 -- In conjunction with Women's History Month in March, seven Bay Area residents will be recognized at the KQED and the Women's Foundation of California Local Hero Awards, a program honoring outstanding local women and their significant contributions to the Bay Area community. The award ceremony will take place at a special celebration at KQED on March 3. The 2004 recipients are:
Miriam Abrams, Elizabeth Seja Min and Nan Washburn, all of the Women's Philharmonic
Pat Loomes, Girls Inc. of Alameda County
Kavita Ramdas, Global Fund for Women
Diana Spatz, Lifetime
Wanna Wright, Womens Cancer Resource Center
Nominated by members of the community, Women's History Month local heroes are selected for their exceptional commitment and contributions to the Bay Area through the arts, business, community activism, education and social services.
Also in honor of Women's History Month, KQED Public Television will broadcast a unique lineup on channel 9 as well as on KQED digital channels throughout the month of March, offering programming with a focus on women's themes and issues. Highlights include the following:
Thursday, March 4
11:00pm | Independent Lens Sisters in Resistance. During the Nazi occupation of France, four very young women chose to risk their lives as resistance fighters. Their intense friendship, riveting memories and social activism lasted long after the war was won.
Saturday, March 6
4:30pm | Stories of Mothers and Daughters. A moving portrait of the joys and sorrows shared by all daughters and mothers.
Thursday, March 18
7:30pm | Rosemary Clooney: Girl Singer. Clooney mesmerized audiences with her warmth and unsurpassed craft. Vintage performances mix with interview segments with Clooney's family and friends. Also this evening, Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee (9:00pm) and Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters (10:30pm).
Monday, March 22
10:00pm | American Experience The Pill. In 1960, the FDA approved the sale of a pill that arguably would have a greater impact on American culture than any other drug in the nation's history.
Repeats Tuesday, March 23, at 9:00 p.m. on KQED Encore.
Tuesday, March 23
1:00pm | Cancer Rainbow: Snapshots From My Journey. This empowering film shows how women make it through the emotional side of breast cancer. The filmmaker shares her journey through breast cancer by telling the powerful stories of the people who have inspired her along the way.
Friday, March 26
9:00pm | Independent Lens Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai. Hawaiian legend Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn, who died of breast cancer at the age of 47, was known as a pioneer of women's professional surfing and as a high-profile community activist.
Also airs Saturday, March 27, at 5:00pm on KQED World, and at 8:00pm on KQED Encore.
Please visit http://www.kqed.org/heritage for the Women's History Month online resource guide, which includes further KQED programming information in addition to listings of community resources.
The Women's Foundation of California is a statewide non-profit foundation that makes grants to community-based organizations and programs that remove barriers to equity and create opportunities for women and girls. Over the past 25 years, we have awarded a combined $13 million in grants and scholarships to more than 1,000 organizations in every region of California. The Foundation serves as an advocate for women and girls throughout the state and works to inspire donor-activists and strategic philanthropists through education and partnerships with individuals and institutions. To learn more about the Women's Foundation of California please visit our website at www.womensfoundca.org or call 415-837-1113.
KQED Public Broadcasting operates KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during prime-time, and KQED's digital television channels, which include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids; KQED Public Radio, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento); KQED.org, one of the most visited station sites in Public Broadcasting; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.