Women's History Month 2021

Posted on Feb 26, 2021

March is Women's History Month! Celebrate women and learn more about the female experience with Austin PBS programming.

Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You
The first two decades of Dolly Parton's career sees her cross over from her rural Tennessee country roots to become one of the world's most popular and celebrated artists on stage, television and film; narrator Pam Tillis.
Monday, March 1 at 9:30 p.m. and Friday, March 12 at 11:30 p.m. on Austin PBS

Loretta Lynn: My Story in My Words
“Coal Miner’s Daughter,” the Loretta Lynn song that became a book, feature film and an indelible part of pop culture, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021. Like so many other songs written by Lynn, the lyrics told the story of her life and spoke to women who struggled to make ends meet. Her simple, straightforward songs gave legitimacy to the joys, heartaches, struggles and triumphs of daily life. Viewers will go back in time to when Lynn first hit the airwaves, following her rise to recordbreaking artist.
Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m., Monday, March 8 at 9:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 11 at 10:30 p.m. on Austin PBS

Tina Turner: One Last Time
In 2000, Tina Turner’s final UK concert was filmed at London’s Wembley Stadium with a state-of-the-art stage set, 18 cameras and one of the world’s top directors. Turner’s inspiring, powerful performance made it an unforgettable event. Blasting out hit after hit and taking the audience through her amazing four-decade career, Turner once again proved herself to be “simply the best.” Watching the show reveals why she has sold more concert tickets than any other female artist in history.
Thursday, March 4 at 8:30 p.m. on Austin PBS

Georgia O’Keefe: A Woman on Paper
This documentary highlights the artist's career while focusing on the little-known story of O'Keeffe's time spent in Columbia, S.C. as an art instructor at Columbia College. While teaching at the college in the fall of 1915 and the spring of 1916, O'Keeffe found her voice with a series of innovative black and white abstract charcoal drawings that represented a radical break with tradition and led her art, and her career, in a new direction.
Friday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m. on Austin PBS

Citizens At Last
Explore the strategic role Texas women played in the national suffrage movement and the pro-Jim Crow policies of the antisuffragists who stood in the way of progress. Black, Latina and white Texas women were a crucial part of the long struggle for equal voting rights. This local film's producers include Ellen Temple and UT professor Nancy Schiesari, co-producer Daniel Earney and consulting producer Karen Bernstein.
Friday, March 19 at 9 p.m. on Austin PBS

American Masters: Flannery
Explore the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery includes conversations with Mary Karr, Hilton Als and others. Through never-before-seen archival footage, examine the life and legacy of an American literary icon.
Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. on Austin PBS

Masterpiece: Little Women
Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott and loved by generations of women worldwide, Little Women is a universal coming-of-age story. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With their father away at war, the sisters come to terms with their new life, alongside their mother, Marmee. Then the girls make friends with Laurie, the new boy next door. Wwhen Mr. March falls ill, the fammily fears the worst. And as circumstances change for Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, the family must come together to face their most difficult challenge yet. This adaptation is from Heidi Thomas, the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife.
Part 1: Sunday, March 21 and Saturday, March 27 at 8 p.m. on Austin PBS
Part 2-3: Sunday, March 28 at 8 p.m. on Austin PBS

Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwelle
Explore the unique relationship between an African American aunt and niece who became accomplished artists and educators despite the hardships of the Great Depression and the inequities of racial segregation.
Friday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. on Austin PBS

American Masters: Twyla Moves
This Twyla Tharp documentary provides a first-hand glimpse into the legendary choreographer's storied career and famously rigorous creative process. A pioneer of both modern dance and ballet, Tharp shares intimate details behind her trailblazing dances ("Fugue," "Push Comes to Shove," "Baker's Dozen"), her cinematic partnership with Miloš Forman (Hair, Amadeus, Ragtime) and her wildly successful Broadway career alongside such luminaries as Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra and David Byrne. Tracing her influential career, the film follows Tharp as she builds a high-profile work from the ground up with an international cast of stars who rehearse by video conference during the coronavirus pandemic.
Friday, March 26 at 8 p.m. on Austin PBS