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PBS SoCal and KCET invite you to commemorate and celebrate the achievements and contributions of women to culture, history and science. First proclaimed as "Women's History Week" in 1982, Women’s History Month is now celebrated in many countries. Catch the full line-up of programs on PBS SoCal and KCET, and on the free PBS app.

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Henrietta Leavitt c. 1898 at about 30 years old | Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian, Photographic Glass Plate Collection
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Lost LA

How One Woman Helped Measure the Universe

At a time when women astronomers were few and most often relegated to working as assistants, Henrietta Swan Leavitt provided the key to solving one of the most significant celestial uncertainties of her time.
Biddy Mason | Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons
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Lost LA

Biddy Mason and the Founding of Los Angeles: From Slavery to Entrepreneurship

As an enslaved woman in the south, Biddy Mason was valued highly because of her knowledge in herbal medicine, but as a free woman in Los Angeles, Mason became a boundry-breaking midwife, nurse and philantropist. 
A handful of the female aviators who competed in the first women’s transcontinental air derby which began in Santa Monica on August 18, 1929. Amelia Earhart is fourth from the right. Louise Thaden, who won the 2700-mile race, is fifth from the right.
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Blue Sky Metropolis

Soaring into Herstory: The Women's Air Derby of 1929

In 1929, Santa Monica was overflowing with spectators as the host for the first Intercontinental Woman’s Air Derby, where twenty female aviators signed up to participate in the 2,759-mile course to the finish line in Cleveland, Ohio.
Astronaut Kalpana Chawla, STS-107 mission specialist, prepares to simulate a parachute drop into water during an emergency bailout training session in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. | Flickr/NASA Johnson/Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0)​
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A Woman's Place is in Space: Meet Eight Asian American Women Reaching for the Stars

There have been numerous women on the ground who made NASA's journeys possible. The following women are just a fraction of the Asian Americans whose remarkable work continues to impact the investigation of worlds beyond our own.
Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea (top row), Leonor Xochitl Perez, Ph.D. (top row, sixth, clockwise) and Las Adelitas (bottom row, in red) in London at the International Mariachi Women’s Festival, July 21, 2018. | Eddie Sakaki Photographer
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Southland Sessions

The Rise of the Female Mariachi: A Brief History

With mainstream exposure and a growing fan base, female mariachis are making significant inroads in the historically male-dominated music genre.
Reyna Garcia | Samanta Helou Hernandez
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City Rising

Voices of Resilience: Stories from Women Navigating Informal Labor

Many women immigrants are often forced into informal jobs that take advantage of their precarious situation, yet their contributions often go unrecognized and their labor is exploited and undervalued.
Singer Linda Ronstadt belts out songs in Spanish from her "Canciones de Mi Padre" album at a 1988 Los Angeles, California concert. | George Rose/Getty Images
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Southland Sessions

How Linda Ronstadt Continues to Inspire New Generations of Musicians

Linda Ronstadt is an icon in music, and she continues to use her fame to open doors for generations of musicians of Mexican American heritage and beyond.
 ICE Not Welcome poster | Audrey Chan, ACLU SoCal
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Southland Sessions

ACLU SoCal’s First Artist-in-Residence on Creating Art During a Fraught Time

Amid the pandemic, ACLU SoCal's first resident artist has been responding creatively in support of civil rights.
Rosie Lee Hooks | Courtesy of Watts Towers Arts Center
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Artbound

Advocate Above All: Watts Towers Art Center's Rosie Lee Hooks 

From performing with an ensemble to working at the Smithsonian to mentoring Watts youth (including a young Nipsey Hussle), WTAC's advocate has done it all and keeps fighting for her adopted neighborhood.
Susie Keef Smith and Lula Mae Graves on the Bradshaw Trail, a historic gold road through the California desert, 1930.| Warner Graves Collection.
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Artbound

Into the Chuckwallas: Rediscovered Desert Photographs of Susie Keef Smith and Lula Mae Graves

In the 1920s, armed with a .38 revolver and a large format camera, Susie Smith and her cousin Lula Mae Graves set out to photograph the last of the prospectors, burro packers and stage stops in the remote desert to the east.
Sue Finley making calculations on the board. | Still from “Blue Sky Metropolis” Episode 4
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Blue Sky Metropolis

Sue Finley: Human Computer, Wife and Mother

Sue Finley began working at NASA in 1958, the year President Eisenhower announced its creation. As society changed around her, Finley also navigated the complexities of being a woman with a career, in engineering no less.
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Blue Sky Metropolis

Women’s Work During WWII

Wives, mothers and sisters keep the war effort alive.
Diana Trujillo speaks during the Aspira con NASA/Aspire with NASA Hispanic Heritage Month event on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 at NASA Headquarters in Washington | Flickr/NASA HQ PHOTO/Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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Blue Sky Metropolis

Worth the Struggle: Diana Trujillo's Journey from Colombia to NASA

After immigrating from Colombia, Diana Trujillo took the long path to becoming an aerospace engineer at JPL, but for the Colombian aerospace engineer, it was worth it.
 Bessie Coleman, shown here on the wheel of a Curtiss JN-4 “Jennie” in her custom-designed flying suit (circa 1924). | Smithsonian Institution
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Blue Sky Metropolis

Meet the Daring Women of Color Who Beat Bigotry in Aviation

Despite gender and racial discrimination, Bessie Coleman and those inspired by her blazed the trail for future female aviators.
The Woman's Building, North Spring Street, Los Angeles
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Lost LA

The Woman’s Building: L.A.’s “Feminist Mecca”

Throughout its 18-year run, The Woman’s Building cultivated an experimental space for women from around the world to explore ideas in feminist theory and sexuality through art.
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Departures

Rockhaven: L.A.'s First Feminist Sanitarium

Rockhaven in La Crescenta is unique among other mental institutions of its time largely because of Richards' feminist mission for a sanitarium where female patients would be treated with respect and dignity.
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