Rise Up: Songs of the Women's Movement

Rise Up: Songs of the Women's Movement

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

RISE UP: SONGS OF THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT: Women marching hold banners and posters for equality

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Rise Up: Songs of the Women's Movement celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by chronicling the role that music played in one of the nation’s most dynamic social movements of the 20th century. Airs March 29 at 1 p.m-2:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV.  

Hit songs that became empowering and beloved anthems are performed by Aretha Franklin, Lesley Gore, Helen Reddy, Loretta Lynn, Janis Ian, Holly Near, Gloria Gaynor, Dolly Parton, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Tina Turner, Eurythmics (Annie Lennox) and others. Rise Up: Songs of the Women's Movement is part of special programming premiering on WXXI in March 2020 as part of Women’s History Month programming. See more programming at WXXI's Celebrate 2020 website 

 This dynamic soundtrack of the women’s movement also features footage of historic milestones in women’s liberation woven together with new interviews with performers and leading activists, including Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Toni Van Pelt, President of NOW. The special chronicles the music and events from the early 1900s through the late 80s, with a second installment bringing the movement up to the present day planned.


RISE UP: SONGS OF THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT is produced by Heather A. Smith, Donna Korones and multiple Emmy Award-winner Jim Brown.


RISE UP: SONGS OF THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT features these performances:

  • “March of the Women” – Suffragette song recording
  • “Saint Louis Blues” – Bessie Smith
  • “Down By the Riverside” – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  •  “You Don't Own Me” – Lesley Gore
  • “Respect” – Aretha Franklin
  •  “I Am Woman” – Helen Reddy
  • “The Pill” – Loretta Lynn
  • “Hello Hooray” – Women on Wheels
  •  “Amazon” – Judith Casselberry and Aleah Long
  •  “At Seventeen” – Janis Ian
  • “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  • “Fight Back” – Holly Near