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KCETLink Commemorates Women's History Month with Inspiring Documentaries

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Ariel Carpenter or Rachel Coulson

KCETLink Communications Department

747-201-5243, acarpenter@kcet.org

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KCETLink Commemorates Women's History Month

with Inspiring Documentaries

 

 

Burbank, CA - Feb. 25, 2015 - KCETLink, a leading national independent public broadcast and digital network, commemorates Women's History Month with several fascinating documentaries throughout March. These programs celebrate the courage, commitment and strength of influential women and their significant impact on the U.S. as well as the world.

 

UNSUNG HEROES: THE STORY OF AMERICA'S FEMALE PATRIOTS

Wednesday, Mar. 4 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Link TV

Wednesday, Mar. 4 at 9 p.m. PT on KCET

 

Today more women serve in the armed forces than at any other time in our nation's history. Women pilot B-2 stealth bombers on combat missions, drive tanks in Iraq, direct Marines in Afghanistan, command carrier battle groups, fly jet fighters and helicopters, and continue the noble tradition of providing critical battlefield care as doctors and nurses.

 

This courageous heritage can be traced back to the Revolutionary War where women like Molly Pitcher and Sarah Shattuck donned men's clothes and took up arms against the British. And, though they did not have the right to vote, hundreds of women participated in the Civil War as nurses, spies and soldiers. Of the 33,000 women who served their country during the Great War, nearly 300 lost their lives. More than 700,000 women defended the country in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Today, there are almost two million living female veterans whose contributions spans three generations. The service of these women has been heroic and their sacrifices profound, but their enormous accomplishments largely ignored.

 

MEET MARY PLEASANT   

Wednesday, Mar. 11 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Link TV

Wednesday, Mar. 11 at 9 p.m. PT on KCET

 

This one-hour, award-winning documentary, narrated by renowned actress Ruby Dee, reveals the daring story and impact of 19th-century African-American activist-pioneer Mary Ellen Pleasant, now known as the Mother of Civil Rights in California. Using new research, a live one-woman performance based on Pleasant's own words, reenactments, montage, period music and photos, and scholarly commentary, the film uniquely brings Pleasant's story and achievements to life while reveals, for the first time how Pleasant's great court battle changed modern-day civil rights law.

 

 

 

INDIA: A DANGEROUS PLACE TO BE A WOMAN   

Wednesday, Mar. 18 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on Link TV

Wednesday, Mar. 18 at 9 p.m. PT on KCET

 

In December 2012, a young medical student was brutally gang raped on board a bus in Delhi.  Horrified by news of the attack, 28-year-old British Asian Radha Bedi travels to India to uncover the reality of life for young women.

 

CALIFORNIA WOMEN WIN THE VOTE   

Wednesday, Mar. 25 at 9 p.m. PT on KCET

 

Using both historical materials and live reenactments, this film presents the dramatic Suffrage campaign that won the women of California the right to vote nine years before the Federal Amendment. The campaign became a role model and motivation for the rest of the country; today, the tactics and spirit of these women are a guide and an inspiration for citizen activism in a democratic society.

 

In addition to the films, KCETLink will feature a series of articles, stories and videosonline, which will celebrate accomplished, inspirational women that have been featured in award-winning programs and blogs such as, ARTBOUND,DEPARTURESKCET FOOD and SOCAL CONNECTED.

 

 

ABOUT KCETLINK MEDIA GROUP

KCETLink Media Group, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV - DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 - and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.

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