WXXI AND THE AVANGRID FOUNDATION CELEBRATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT WITH SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Release Date: 
Fri, 05/01/2020

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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, 258-0253

WXXI AND THE AVANGRID FOUNDATION CELEBRATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT WITH SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

(Rochester, NY) May 1, 2020 – WXXI celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment throughout 2020 with special television and radio programming, as well as a screening at The Little Theatre. Support for this programming is made possible in part by a grant from the Avangrid Foundation, part of a slate of grants, initiatives, and communications dedicated to recognizing the contributions of women and work to reduce inequalities both on the local and national level. Additional support is provided by Cobblestone Capital Advisors.

Programming includes:

  • Celebrate 2020, a series of one-minute video segments that feature moments in women’s history that had their roots in Rochester, is online at: WXXI.org/celebrate2020 and is part of WXXI-TV’s current schedule.

  • Suffrage related programming/coverage on Classical 91.5 and AM 1370 including special programming on Connections with Evan Dawson.

  • A slate of women suffrage programs from PBS comes to WXXI-TV 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. Unladylike2020, an American Masters multimedia series, features courageous, little known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century. 

  • Ken Burns’ documentary Not for Ourselves Alone will have a special screening at The Little Theatre, tentatively scheduled for August 26, 2020 to coincide with the actual adoption date of the 19th amendment. The film recounts the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony as they strive to give birth to the women’s movement. Not until their deaths was their shared vision of women’s suffrage realized.

For a list of programs and events honoring the anniversary of the 19th Amendment visit: WXXI.org/wh. Please note: This web page will continue to be updated throughout the year.

The Avangrid Foundation is a private foundation that receives funding in part from AVANGRID companies, such as NYSEG and RG&E. It is an independent, nonprofit organization that funds philanthropic investments that primarily impact communities where AVANGRID, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate.

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WXXI Public Media
WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. WXXI also has a long-term affiliation with Little Theatre, which helps enhance the cultural life of the community and strengthens two of Rochester's most vital arts institutions. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.

Avangrid Foundation
The Avangrid Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that funds philanthropic investments that primarily impact communities where AVANGRID, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate. Since 2002, the Avangrid Foundation and its predecessors have invested more than $21 million in partnerships that focus on building sustainable, vital and healthy communities; preserving cultural and artistic heritage; advancing education; and improving people’s lives. The Avangrid Foundation is committed to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the United States. For more information, please visit www.avangridfoundation.org.

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