WTTW Celebrates Female Trailblazers for Women’s History Month

Throughout Women’s History Month, WTTW is honoring women change makers and trailblazers with programming that spotlights the achievements of women. From movies and documentaries, to television series and music, the schedule features stories of contemporary women working to reshape society, profiles of artistic women including musicians and authors, and more. Here’s the must-see programming you can still catch before March is over.

American Masters — Flannery O’Connor
Tuesday, March 23 at 8:00 pm

Flannery O’Connor, Courtesy of WTTW. Photo: Joe McTyre.

Explore the life of Flannery O’Connor through never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered journals, and interviews with Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones, Hilton Als, and more.

Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors
Thursday, March 25 at 9:00 pm

Lucy Worsley traces novelist Jane Austen’s life and career as she explores the homes and holiday apartments Austen lived and stayed. The Pride and Prejudice author used houses and property as central themes in her work, and was very much influenced by where she lived.

American Masters — Twyla Moves
Friday, March 26 at 9:00 pm

Explore legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp’s career and famously rigorous creative process, with original interviews, first-hand glimpses of her at work, and rare archival footage of select performances from her more than 160 choreographed works.

American Masters — Hedy Lamarr
Sunday, March 28 at 2:00 pm

Discover the story of the most beautiful woman in the world, an actress who was also an ingenious inventor. Hedy Lamarr’s pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication, including WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

American Masters — Mae West: Dirty Blonde
Sunday, March 28 at 3:30 pm

Dive into the life and career of groundbreaking writer, performer, and subversive star Mae West. Over a career spanning eight decades, she broke boundaries and possessed creative and economic powers unheard of for a female entertainer in the 1930s.

Leah Chase: The Queen of Creole Cuisine
Sunday, March 28 at 5:00 pm

For more than 70 years, Edgar ‘Dooky’ Chase, Jr. and Leah Chase worked tirelessly together to uplift their family and their community through their faith and their active involvement in social justice. The couple turned a family sandwich shop in Treme to a famous, fine dining restaurant called Dooky Chase’s, and Leah became a renowned chef known around the country.

The above schedule and summaries originally appeared at WTTW. For access to even more WTTW programming, check out WTTW Passport, an on-demand content library accessible to members for $5/month.

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