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|KQED Public Broadcasting Celebrates
Women's History Month in March|
Over 90 Women's History Related Programs to Air on KQED Public Television
Five Local Heroes to Receive Accolades in Annual Awards Ceremony Sponsored by Gap Inc.
San Francisco, CA, March 10, 2005 - This March, KQED Public Broadcasting proudly celebrates the culture, experience, and history of women in the United States and other locations around the world. This month-long commemoration includes special programming and an event honoring a group of five local leaders for their outstanding accomplishments and service within their communities.
KQED Public Broadcasting and Gap Inc. will celebrate this year's Local Heroes on Wednesday, March 31 in San Francisco. The event will feature live entertainment and an awards ceremony.
The 2005 Women's History Month honorees are:
Also in honor of Women's History Month, KQED Public Television will offer over 90 programs that focus on themes and culture related to women's history. Some of the month's highlights include:
- RUTH BRINKER, Founder, Project Open Hand, San Francisco, CA
- HOPE LUGO, Retired Executive Director, Napa County Council for Economic Opportunity, Napa, CA
- JEANNE RIZZO, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Fund, San Francisco, CA
- JUDITH SMITH, Artistic Director, AXIS Dance Company, Oakland, CA
- IDA STANFORD, Special Education Paraprofessional, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, CA
Program listings and descriptions for March can be found in the KQED Women's History Month Guide, online at www.kqed.org/heritage.
- Slavery and the Making of America chronicles the institution of American slavery from its origins through the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the adoption of the 13th Amendment and Reconstruction. Entirely new perspectives on slavery challenge long-held notions and highlight the contradictions of a country that was founded on the principile of "liberty and justice for all" but that embraced slavery.
Airs Wednesdays, February 9 and 16, at 9:00pm on KQED Public Television 9, simulcast on KQED HD. Repeats on Saturdays, February 12 and 19 at 3:00am on Channel 9. Also airs on KQED HD and KQED World; visit www.kqed.org/dtv for details.
- The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo explores the fascinating life of the acclaimed Mexican painter, who became an international sensation in the world of modern art and lived against a backdrop of political, social and artistic revolution. Kahlo balanced private illness and pain with a flamboyant and irreverent public persona.
- Airs Wednesday, March 23, at 9:00pm on KQED Public Television 9 and is simulcast on KQED HD. Repeats on Friday, March 25, at 3 am. Also airs on KQED Encore, KQED HD, and KQED Life; www.kqed.org/dtv for details.
- In Einstein's Wife, When Albert Einstein died, he left behind an extraordinary secret. Before moving to America with his second wife, Einstein had married his university sweetheart and scientific collaborator, Mileva Maric, a courageous young woman of exceptional intellect. The forgotten woman contributed substantially, as both wife and scientific equal, to Einstein's great achievements.
- Airs Wednesday March 23, at 10:30pm on KQED Public Television 9. Also airs on KQED Encore and KQED World; visit www.kqed.org/dtv for details.
- INDEPENDENT LENS: Afghanistan Unveiled Filmed by the first-ever team of female video journalists trained in Afghanistan, this uncompromising film reveals the effects on Afghan women of the Taliban's repressive rule and of the U.S.-sponsored bombing campaign.
- Airs Thursday, March 24, at 10:00pm. on KQED Public Television 9. Repeats on Saturday, March 26, at 3:00am. Also airs on KQED Encore and KQED World; visit www.kqed.org/dtv for details.
- WIDE ANGLE: Ladies First examines Rwanda ten years after the bloody genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people in just 100 days. Rwanda's women are leading their country's healing process and taking their society forward into a different future.
- Airs Thursday, March 24, at 11:00pm on KQED Public Television 9. Repeats on Saturday, March 26, at 4:00am. Also airs on KQED Encore; visit www.kqed.org/dtv for details.
- Daughters of Everest reveals the remarkable story of the first-ever expedition of Sherpa women to attempt climbing Everest. To the Sherpa people, the mountain is a holy place. But Sherpa women have long been discouraged from climbing the powerful and daunting peak. This is a dramatic and inspiring Everest story as well as an absorbing portrait of the Sherpa community.
- Airs Tuesday, March 29, at 10:00pm. on KQED Public Television 9. Also airs on KQED Encore; visit www.kqed.org/dtv for details.
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.