Unladylike2020: Unsung Women Who Changed America
Illuminating the stories of extraordinary American heroines from the early years of feminism, American Masters — Unladylike2020 is a multimedia series consisting of a one-hour special for broadcast and 26 digital short films featuring courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century.
Grace Abbott spent her life fighting for the rights of women, children and immigrants. Her
Lillian Gilbreth was the first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Anna May Wong spent her acting career resisting racism and typecasting in Hollywood.
Meta Warrick Fuller celebrated African American cultural identity through her artwork.
Tye Leung Schulze was the first Chinese American woman to vote in a U.S. election.
Rose Schneiderman was a pioneering labor organizer and suffragist.
Margaret Chung became the first American-born Chinese woman doctor in 1916.
Gladys Bentley was a musical sensation and gender identity pioneer.
She was a record-breaking mountaineer, educator and suffragist.
Susan La Flesche Picotte became the first American Indian woman doctor.
Sissieretta Jones was the first Black woman to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall.
Queen Lili‘uokalani was the first sovereign queen, and the last monarch of Hawai'i.
Gertrude Ederle made history in 1926 as the first woman to swim across the English Channel
Director Charlotte Mangin discusses what went into making Unladylike2020.
Brittany Packnett Cunningham is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice.
Sonora Webster Carver (1904-2003) was one of the most famous horse divers in the world.
Mary Church Terrell was a suffragist, civil rights activist and co-founder of the NAACP.
Martha Hughes Cannon was a historic state senator and public health pioneer.
Modern day women from the series discuss what the term "unladylike" means to them.
Jovita Idar was a Latina journalist who worked for an end to segregation and racism.
Jeannette Rankin made history as the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
Zitkála-Šá co-composed and wrote the libretto for the first American Indian opera.
Charlotta Bass was the first Black woman to run for Vice President of the United States.
She created the 1619 Project on slavery for The New York Times Magazine.