UNLADYLIKE2020 is an innovative multimedia series featuring diverse and little-known American heroines from the early years of feminism, and the women who now follow in their footsteps, timed to honor the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Presenting history in a bold new way, the rich biographies of 26 women who broke barriers in male-dominated fields at the turn of the 20th century, such as business, politics, science, journalism, sports, and the arts, are brought back to life through an imaginative mix of rare archival imagery, captivating original artwork and animation, and interviews with historians, descendants, and accomplished women of today who reflect on the influence of these pioneers. The series documents the role of diverse women in the building of this nation, including women of color.
Narrated by Julianna Margulies (ER, The Good Wife, Billions) and Lorraine Toussaint (Selma, Orange is the New Black, The Glorias), the series of 26 ten-minute animated documentary films are being released weekly on the digital platforms of PBS’s flagship biography series American Masters from March 4, 2020, Women’s History Month, to August 26, 2020, Women’s Equality Day; along with a television hour premiering on PBS July 10, 2020 focusing on trailblazers in politics and civil rights. The series is supported by a resource-rich interactive website at unladylike2020.com; a grades 6 through 12 U.S. history curriculum on PBS LearningMedia; and a nationwide community engagement initiative, in partnership with public television stations and community organizations.
Director(s): Charlotte Mangin
Writer(s): Charlotte Mangin, Sandra Rattley
Producer(s): Charlotte Mangin, Sandra Rattley
Editor(s): Virginie Danglades, Xuan Vu
Cinematographer(s): Bryan Gibel, Rafi Landau, Barbie Leung, Mickey Capper, Martina Radwan
Production Designer(s): Amelie Chabannes, Joel Orloff
Music Composer(s): Toni Romiti
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