Alice Paul masterminded some of the most innovative tactics used in the fight for women's suffrage. She organized parades, lobbied against the political party in power, and endured imprisonment for her beliefs. In 1917, she arranged the first picketing demonstration ever held outside the White House.
Chicago socialite, pace-setting art collector, and wife of real estate magnate Potter Palmer, Bertha Palmer is best remembered today for her Impressionist Art Collection and her posh Lake Shore Drive mansion.
Civil War Nurse Clara Barton
ClaraBarton earned fame as the first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield. This program, set in 1864, explores how she became a nurse and the medical conditions of the American Civil War.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Babe Didrikson Zaharias was an All-American basketball player, an Olympic medalist in track and field, and a champion golfer. In this portrayal, Babe reminisces about winning medals at the 1932 Olympics to triumphing in 82 golf tournaments. Tough-minded, fearless, and funny, "Babe" remains America's greatest female athlete.
Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Kennedy
If Mary Lincoln and Jackie Kennedy met, what would they discuss? In this imagined meeting between the two at the Smithsonian Museum's First Ladies exhibition, Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Kennedy remember life in the White House, the role of First Lady, and the challenges of facing life after their husbands' deaths.
In her ground-breaking book Silent Spring (1962), Rachel Carson warned the world about the environmental impact of chemical pesticides. In this living-history program, Carson shares stories about her love nature, her passion for writing, her three books about ocean life, and her work to awaken the world to the beauty and fragility of nature. Carson was not only an early environmental activist but also a gifted writer whose words revealed the power of language to change how we view our place in the world.
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Meet the real Schuyler sisters behind the characters in the smash hit musical Hamilton: his wife, Elizabeth Hamilton and her sisters, Angelica and Peggy.
Few survivors of the sinking of the HMHS Britannic in 1916 had a toothbrush, but Violet Jessop had hers, remembering what she missed after surviving the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. A stewardess who survived both sinkings of both ships, Jessop tells unforgettable stories about the tragedies from the perspective of a crew member and gives a fascinating glimpse at life behind-the-scenes on the most glamorous luxury liners of the day. Based on the book Titanic Survivor by Violet Jessop, ed. John Maxtone-Graham, 1998.
The courageous exploits and spirited personality of aviator Amelia Earhart made her an international celebrity. Her dazzling achievements include being the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane (1928), the first woman to pilot herself across the Atlantic by plane (1932). She set numerous speed and altitude records before disappearing mysteriously in 1937 during an attempted around-the-world flight.
Single mother Brownie Wise propelled Tupperware to skyrocketing success in the 1950s through the innovative home party approach. With an intuitive understanding of motivation, she grew Tupperware's dealership staff and sent sales soaring. When her fame started to eclipse that of Tupperware, she was abruptly fired and largely disappeared. But the techniques she pioneered remain the gold standard for home party selling. Today, an estimated 90 percent of American homes own at least one piece of Tupperware.
Eleanor Roosevelt grew from a shy, homely orphan into a confident, driven champion of human rights. In this program, Eleanor grapples with the question or whether or not to accept an invitation to join the American delegation to the new United Stations. As she considers her options, she shares stories of her childhood, her marriage to Franklin D. Roosevelt, her work during World War I, Franklin's bout with polio, coming to the White House in 1933, World War II, and Franklin's death. As she speaks, she reveals the warm, honest, and passionate First Lady and stateswoman she was.