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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 made Tupperware a household name in the 1950s. She recruited thousands of housewives to 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.
The elegant, poised and intensely private former First Lady, wife, mother, and arts patron
Outspoken, strong-willed, and celebrated actress. Considered one of the greatest film stars of classic Hollywood
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.
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!
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.
available for 2017
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.
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.