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WXXI honors Women's History Month

March is “Women’s History Month” and 2020 will be a remarkable year for women’s rights as the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment . WXXI will join in this celebration with television, radio, and online programming, as well as special events. WXXI-TV has produced a series of video sements, called Celebrate 2020,  that feature moments in women’s history that had their roots in Rochester. In addition, Classical 91.5 will present the accomplishments of female composers and performers, presenting works and performances throughout the month. Classical 91.5 host Kearstin Piper Brown will take you on a journey through women’s suffrage with a series of one-minute radio spots called “Suffrage Moments.”

PBS is also commemorating the fight for women’s suffrage with a slate of programs coming this summer. This includes The Vote, an American Experience film that tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote.  And She Could Be Next is a POV miniseries that tells the story of a defiant movement of women of color, transforming politics from the ground up. We’re also proud to present Unladylike2020, an American Masters multimedia series featuring courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century. For a list of programs and events honoring the anniversary of the 19th Amendment (also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) and Women’s History Month, visit WXXI.org/wh

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