On TV: Women's History Month - March 2018

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United Farm Workers leader Dolores Huerta organizing marchers on the 2nd day of March Coachella in Coachella, CA 1969. (Courtesy of © 1976 George Ballis / Take Stock / The Image Works)

KQED proudly celebrates the diversity of our community with a special Women's History Month programming lineup in March on KQED Public Television.

Premiere dates are listed below. Please click on each program for additional airdates and information.


Thursday, 3/1
11pm Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You’ll Have the Sky
This film brings one of the 20th century’s best-loved writers out from the shadow of her controversial husband, Charles Lindbergh.

Tuesday, 3/13
11pm Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price
See the inspiring story of the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra, overcoming prejudice and preconceptions.

Tuesday, 3/20
8pm Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story
How did a musician and author of a book of fairy tales become a daring spy who died fighting the Nazis? Hear the story of the incredible Noor Inayat Khan.


Thursday, 3/22
11pm Closing The Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay
On average, women still make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. This program explores the factors contributing to the wage gap and strategizes on ways to attain equal pay.

Tuesday, 3/27
8pm Mankiller (NEW)
This documentary illuminates the legacy of Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Wilma Mankiller and colleagues hold ceremonial shovels at the groundbreaking of the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center. (Courtesy of Wilma Mankiller Foundation)

9pm Independent Lens: Dolores (NEW)
Meet Dolores Huerta, one of the most defiant and unheralded feminist activists of the 20th century.

Dolores Huerta speaks at the podium. c1970s. (Courtesy of Courtesy of Walter P. Reuther Library Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs Wayne State University)


Thursday, 3/1
8pm Changing Face of … The Queen
Examine the way the queen’s royal image and wardrobe have changed over the course of her life, and hear the story of the royal family – and Great Britain itself – in the modern era.

Saturday, 3/3
11:30pm Penny: Champion of the Marginalized
Get to know Penny Cooper, a celebrated criminal defense attorney, art collector, supporter of female artists and protector of the underdog.

Thursday, 3/8
3pm Makers: Women in Comedy
Track the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 1970s sitcoms such as Maude to the 1980s American comedy club boom to today’s multifaceted landscape.

Friday, 3/9
3pm Makers: Women in Hollywood
Follow the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment.

Ava Duvernay. (Courtesy of Ava Duvernay)

11pm Women Outward Bound (NEW)
This film profiles the first group of young women to participate in an Outward Bound survival school course in 1965 and chronicles their experiences in the wild with archival footage, family home videos, photos and stunning aerial footage.

Saturday, 3/10
6am Storied Life of Millie Benson
Discover the story of Mildred Wirt Benson, amateur archaeologist, explorer and ghostwriter who authored 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew novels.

Monday, 3/12
3pm Makers: Women in Space
Trace the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program.

Tuesday, 3/13
3pm Makers: Women in Politics
View profiles of women in public office who were “firsts” in their fields and explore the challenges confronting American women in politics.

Wednesday, 3/14
3pm Makers: Women in Business
Hear about the exceptional women – past and present – who have taken the world of business by storm. Told by female business leaders themselves, this film is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it.

Thursday, 3/15
3pm Makers: Women in War
This film looks at American women’s increasing participation in war, featuring stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, from Vietnam to the present.

Monday, 3/19
3pm Keeper of the Beat: A Woman's Journey into the Heart of Drumming
This award-winning documentary reveals the life and music of acclaimed drummer, composer and teacher, Barbara Borden.

Friday, 3/23
7pm Mystery of Agatha Christie with David Suchet
David Suchet, TV’s Poirot, has spent more of his life acting out the plots and dramas created by Agatha Christie than anyone else. Join him as he embarks on a journey to learn more about the woman who created him.

Friday, 3/30
3:30pm Graceful Voices
This film captures the stories and experiences of the Bahamian and African-American women who were born in the MacFarlane Homestead Historic District, forged lifelong friendships and developed a passion for their community.

7pm Royal Wives at War
Take a fresh look at the abdication crisis of 1936 through dramatized monologues by the two women at its heart: the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson.

Wallis Simpson (Gina McKee) and Queen Elizabeth (Emma Davies) (Courtesy of Monika Kupper / ©BBC 2016)

Sat, 3/31
6am POV: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese-American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be.

7:30am POV: Iris
Meet Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who’s had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.

9am Powder & The Glory
This film tells a story of women’s entrepreneurship through the lens of the creation and development of the rival business empires of Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein.

10:30am Georgia O'Keeffe: A Woman On Paper
This documentary highlights artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s career while focusing on the little-known story of her time spent in Columbia, South Carolina, as an art instructor at Columbia College.


Saturday, 3/3
5pm Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings The Band
This film examines Mary Lou Williams’ life and career, following the trajectory of jazz through the lens of a pioneering African-American female instrumentalist.

7pm America ReFramed: Baddddd Sonia Sanchez
Sonia Sanchez emerged as a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts movement. This film examines Sanchez’s contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African-American culture over the last half century.

Tuesday, 3/6
4pm Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place
This program celebrates the career of Virginia Lee Burton, the groundbreaking author-illustrator of the beloved picture books Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Caldecott Award-winning The Little House.

6:30pm Harpist's Legacy: Ann Hobson Pilot and the Sound Change
Follow Ann Hobson Pilot’s trailblazing journey as the first black female principal player in a major symphony orchestra.

Friday, 3/9
3pm Soldier On: Life After Deployment
Three women confront the challenges of readjusting back to civilian life after their post-9/11 military service.

4pm Portraits for the Home Front: The Story of Elizabeth Black
This program explores Elizabeth Black’s lost art career and her distinguished service during WWII in the American Red Cross.

5pm Wings for Maggie Ray
Featuring re-enactments, archival photos and film and insightful interviews, this documentary pays tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of Margaret “Maggie” Ringenberg, a U.S. Army Air Force WASP (Women’s Air Service Pilot) and renowned long-distance aviation racer.

Saturday, 3/10
5pm Queen of Swing
Meet Norma Miller, a Harlem-born actress, dancer, choreographer and Jazz Age trailblazer whose show business career has spanned seven decades (and counting).

Wednesday, 3/14
4pm Women of ’69, Unboxed
As they turn 65, a group of female college classmates, who were both electrified and pummeled by the turbulent 1960s, look back, then ahead.

5pm LaDonna Harris: Indian 101
This documentary profiles Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who educated the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian Tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government.

Thursday, 3/22
3pm Medicine Woman
By and about women, this documentary interweaves the lives of Native American women healers of today with the story of America’s first Native doctor, Susan La Flesche Picotte.

Friday, 3/23
4pm Beyond The Powder: The Legacy of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race
This documentary follows the female pilots of the 2014 Air Race Classic racers as they make their way across the country and tells the story of the Powder Puff Derby, the first women’s cross-country air race of 1929.

5pm Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby
Hear the story of the 20 women who raced in the first women’s national air derby in August of 1929.

6:30pm Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote
This documentary chronicles the dramatic vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, and the years of debate about women’s suffrage that preceded it.

Saturday, 3/24
4pm No Evidence of Disease
This program follows a unique rock band made of six gynecologic oncology surgeons who are taking healing and the arts to a new level.

5pm Oceans of Pink
Oceans of Pink is an emotional journey that highlights the explosive growth of dragon boat racing among breast cancer survivors globally.

Thursday, 3/29
3pm Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem
This film presents the inspiring life story of the pioneering American mathematician Julia Robinson.

Friday, 3/30
4pm Lorraine Hansberry: American Masters
Explore the life and work of the A Raisin in the Sun playwright and activist who played a significant role in the civil rights movement.

Lorraine Hansberry leans over her typewriter in her Greenwich Village apartment on Bleecker Street during her April 1959 photoshoot for Vogue. (Courtesy of David Attie)

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This schedule also lists programs airing on KQED World (XFINITY 190, Channel 9.3 & 54.5).