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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 survivor of both sinkings, Jessop tells unforgettable stories about the tragedies 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.
DEBUTS OCTOBER 2017. One of the most acclaimed artists of the 20th century, Georgia O'Keeffe is renowned for her brilliant paintings of flowers, nature, and the landscape around her homes in New Mexico. Learn about the creation of these paintings, as well as the complex woman whose mythmaking encompassed both her paintings and her life.
DEBUTS JAN 2018. In 2018, the beloved novel Little Women celebrates its 150th birthday. Mark the occasion with this newly revised and updated living-history portrayal of celebrated author Louisa May Alcott. As Miss Alcott shares stories about the creation of Little Women, she also reminisces about her life, including her poverty-stricken childhood, her struggles to succeed as a writer, and the unexpected, phenomenal success of Little Women in 1868.
Meet the real women in Alexander Hamilton's life: His wife, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton and two of her witty, charming sisters, Angelia Schuyler Church and Peggy Schuyler van Rensslaer. You don’t need to have seen the smash hit musical Hamilton to enjoy this, but if you have, it’ll bring the history behind the show alive!
Suffragist Alice Paul was the most dynamic leader in the fight to win votes for American women. An innovative and tireless worker, Paul arranged spectacular parades, organized the first picketing demonstrations ever held outside the White House, lobbied politicians, and endured imprisonment for women’s suffrage. As fearless as she was pioneering, she remains an icon in the struggle for equal rights.
Eleanor Roosevelt grew from a shy, homely orphan into a confident, driven champion of human rights. In this program, Eleanor grapples with whether or not to join the United Nations. As she considers her options, she shares stories of her childhood, her marriage , her work during two wars, her husband's bout with polio, coming to the White House in 1933, and Franklin's death. As she speaks, she reveals the warm, honest, and passionate woman she was.
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The elegant, poised and intensely private former First Lady, wife, mother, and arts patron
Brownie Wise: The Original Tupperware Home Party Lady
Pioneer of home party sales who took Tupperware to skyrocketing success in the 1950s
Chicago socialite, pace-setting Impressionist art collector, and wife of real estate magnate Potter Palmer
During the American Civil War, Clara Barton became the first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield. Learn what she experienced on the battlefield and in inspiring support for America's soldiers.
Rachel Carson: The Woman Who Launched the Environmental Movement
Environmental writer, marine biologist, author of the ground-breaking book Silent Spring (1962).
Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Kennedy
An imagined meeting at the Smithsonian Museum's First Ladies exhibition, Mrs. Lincoln (portrayed by Laura Keyes) and Mrs. Kennedy (portrayed by Leslie Goddard) remember life in the White House, the role of First Lady, and the challenges of facing life after their husbands' deaths.
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.