Celebrate Women's History Month with Austin PBS

Posted on Mar 1, 2023

March is Women's History Month. Join Austin PBS in celebrating and commemorating the vital role of women in American history. Tune in all month to watch these stories.

Tuesday, March 7

11 p.m. Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom

Go beyond the legend and meet the woman who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. One of the greatest freedom fighters in U.S. history, Tubman was an Underground Railroad conductor, a Civil War scout and a spy.

Friday, March 10

7:30 p.m. Pack Horse Librarians of Appalachia

A historical documentary detailing the work of the Pack Horse Library Project, a Works Progress Administration (WPA) program that delivered books to remote regions in the Appalachian Mountains between 1935 and 1943.

8 p.m. Olympia

Olympia is an intimate look into the life and career of beloved Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis and her courageous journey to find her own voice.

9 p.m. Awakening In Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story

Mabel Dodge was an independently wealthy writer, early feminist, social activist, and champion for women and native America rights. In 1917 she moved from Greenwich Village to Taos, New Mexico where she met and eventually married Tony Lujan a full blooded Tiwa Indian from Taos Pueblo. She was responsible for bringing major modern artists to New Mexico including Georgia O'Keeffe, Ansel Adams and D.H. Lawrence.

Saturday, March 18

7 p.m. Austin City Limits: The Best of Nanci Griffith

Enjoy an hour of late Texas singer/songwriter legend Nanci Griffith's best Austin City Limits performances.

Sunday, March 19

6 p.m. History with David Rubenstein: Stacy Schiff

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff uncovers the truths behind the mythology of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, connecting the influences this dark chapter in Colonial America had on the future republic.

Monday, March 20

9 p.m. Independent Lens: Storming Caesars Palace

Meet activist Ruby Duncan, who led a grassroots movement of mothers who challenged presidents, the Vegas mob, and everyday Americans to fight for a universal basic income and rethink their notions of the "welfare queen."

Tuesday, March 21

10 p.m. Daring Women Doctors: Physicians in the 19th Century

Hidden in American history, all women's medical schools began to appear in the mid 19th century long before women had the right to vote or own property. "Daring Women Doctors" highlights the intrepid, pioneering and diverse women who faced hostility and resistance in their pursuit of medical educations. This documentary examines how these women physicians greatly impacted their communities around the United States and internationally. It also demonstrates how women doctors exerted a long-lasting influence on the movement towards women's rights.

Thursday, March 23

8:30 p.m. Story of the D-Day Forecast: Three Days In June

For a few tense days in June 1944, the success of the D-Day military invasion was completely reliant on weather readings taken by a young woman at a remote weather station on Ireland's west coast. THE STORY OF THE D-DAY FORECAST: THREE DAYS IN JUNE includes a special interview with the now 96-year-old Maureen Sweeney - providing a living link to a unique moment in history, where military might and meteorological analysis collided. Sweeney's data threw General Dwight D. Eisenhower's meticulously planned invasion strategy into chaos, forcing him to make one of the most difficult decisions in the entire war. Completely unaware of the significance of her work, Sweeney's readings were the first to point out an impending storm that would lead to the postponement of the invasion. Featuring contributions from Susan Eisenhower (granddaughter of the General), renowned historian Antony Beevor, D-Day veteran Joe Cattini, and a selection of military experts, meteorologists and archive footage, this fascinating documentary paints an incredible picture of Ireland's previously unknown role in one of the most pivotal events in world history.

9:25 p.m. American Experience: The Codebreaker

Discover the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst who helped bring down Al Capone and break up a Nazi spy ring in South America. Her work help lay the foundation for the National Security Agency (NSA).

10:25 p.m. Charlotte Mansfield: A Woman Photographer Goes To War

This half-hour program tells the remarkable story of the pioneering military career of Charlotte Dee Mansfield, a photographer and photo analyst in the Women's Army Corps. The film draws from her personal writings, archival film resources, historian interviews, and a conversation with Charlotte's lifelong companion, Chief Master Sgt. Lorraine Caddy, to add context to Charlotte's career and the legacy of women's military service during WWII. The program not only provides a look at how women navigated new roles in the military, but also offers an opportunity to expand the popular conversation around women's contributions during the war.

Monday, March 27

9 p.m. Independent Lens: Hidden Letters

The bonds of sisterhood, and the parallels of struggles among generations of women in China, are drawn together by the once-secret written language of Nushu, the only script designed and used exclusively by women.

Tuesday, March 28

9:30 p.m. Citizens at Last

CITIZENS AT LAST is a documentary film that celebrates the persistence of Texas suffragists to organize, demonstrate, and win the vote for women. The film explores the strategic role Texas women played in the national suffrage movement and exposes the pro-Jim Crow policies of the anti-suffragists who stood in their way. CITIZENS AT LAST shows the crucial role Texas women-white, Black, and Latina- played in the long struggle for equal voting rights.

Thursday, March 30

7:30 p.m. Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan: Selma Blair

Kelly Corrigan has a conversation with Selma Blair about her personal journey overcoming alcoholism, abuse and multiple sclerosis. Selma shares stories from her childhood and explains that the labels imposed on her as a kid shaped who she became as an adult. They also talk about being the dangerous issue in the medical community of women’s symptoms being ignored and how that contributed to Selma’ s late diagnosis of MS.

9:29 p.m. When Patsy Cline Was Crazy

WHEN PATSY CLINE WAS CRAZY is an acclaimed documentary about an American music icon. From humble roots, she grew into that rare and mythical artist - a self-taught singer with a distinctive, precise, disciplined voice and a unique depth of emotional expression.

Friday, March 31

The incomparable, trail-blazing talent of Joni Mitchell is celebrated in Washington, DC's historic DAR Constitution Hall by a cadre of musical stars who all drew inspiration from the woman many consider to be the most influential musical artist of her time. Be it lyrics, composition, playing, singing, or even painting, no artist has demonstrated the creative length, depth and breadth of Joni Mitchell.

9 p.m. Ruth Stone's Vast Library of the Female Mind

RUTH STONE'S VAST LIBRARY OF THE FEMALE MIND is an award-winning documentary about the poetry and life of Ruth Stone, who forged her art out of loss and inspired countless others to create from her hilltop home in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Using an intimate approach, the film combines archival footage of Ruth at different times of her life, capturing her reciting poetry and talking about her writing process. The film also intertwines lively and heartfelt observations from her family, and people who knew her well.