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UNLADYLIKE2020 is a timeless and resource-rich repository of U.S. women’s histories from the early years of feminism. In honor of the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020, we are proud to present the comprehensive biographies of 26 bold American women who broke barriers in male-dominated fields at the turn of the 20th century, and the women who now follow in their footsteps. These trailblazers excelled in science, medicine, politics, business, journalism, sports, aviation, and the arts — including the first woman to lead scientific expeditions in the Arctic, join the National Academy of Engineering, found a hospital on an American Indian reservation, serve in the U.S. Congress, become a bank president, swim across the English Channel, earn an international pilot’s license, sing opera on the main stage at Carnegie Hall, or direct a feature-length movie. Presenting history in a bold new way, our 26 digital shorts bring extraordinary stories of daring and persistence back to life through captivating original artwork and animation, rare archival imagery, and interviews with historians, descendants, and accomplished women of today who reflect on the influence of these pioneers.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, UNLADYLIKE2020 and WNET’s Kids Media & Education team developed U.S. history curriculum and lesson plans aligned with state and national standards for grades 6 through 12, based on the lives and accomplishments of the 26 women featured in the series. Touching on topics such as the labor movement, immigration, politics, civil rights, and women’s suffrage, these educational resources develop students’ historical thinking skills and help them make connections between past and present.

According to Gabriela González, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at San Antonio: “UNLADYLIKE2020 is destined to become a favorite teaching tool from K-12 to college. This is a powerful, primary source-based documentary film series with an amazing artistic presentation that frankly, I’ve never seen before. This beautiful blend of history and art will make it stand out many years beyond the 2020 Centennial.”

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