PBS SoCal and KCET celebrate Women’s History Month 2020 with a slate of special programming that highlights the lives and legacies of some of the most influential female leaders and innovators of our time. From Frances Perkins, the first woman appointed to a U.S. Presidential cabinet, to iconic chef Julia Child, this lineup of remarkable documentaries celebrates the legacy of women who continue to inspire the world.
See the full line-up below.
Holly Near: American Masters
Wednesday, March 4, 9:00 p.m. on KCET
Experience the power of song in the struggle for equality through the story of feminist singer and activist Holly Near, who for the last 40 years has worked on global social justice coalition-building in the women’s and lesbian movements. Watch Now.
Summoned: Frances Perkins And The General Welfare
Wednesday, March 4, 10:00 p.m. on KCET
The first woman appointed to a U.S. Presidential cabinet, Frances Perkins created the social safety net that continues to shape the lives of Americans today. In her 12 years as Labor Secretary under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Perkins created the Social Security program, a federal minimum wage, the 40-hour work week and unemployment compensation, and ended the legal use of child labor. Watch Now.
Julia Child’s Best Bites
Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 15, 6:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
Thursday, March 12, 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on KCET
Join Martha Stewart, Jacques Pepin, Vivian Howard, Marcus Samuelsson, Jose Andres, Eric Ripert, Rick Bayless and other chefs to celebrate the first lady of cuisine. Chefs and celebrities share personal insights as they screen Julia’s most-beloved episodes. Watch Preview.
Elizabeth Murray: American Masters
Wednesday, March 11, 9:00 p.m. on KCET
Take an intimate look at artist Elizabeth Murray, voiced by Meryl Streep. This film chronicles her remarkable journey from an impoverished childhood to artistic maverick, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history. Watch Now.
Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story
Wednesday, March 11, 10:00 p.m. on KCET
“Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story” traces Dorothy Day’s journey from a young communist journalist, to a Catholic convert, to the co-founder of The Catholic Worker newspaper and the first “houses of hospitality,” which sheltered New York City’s homeless during the Great Depression. The documentary uses extensive archival footage from Day’s own collection, and features interviews with actor Martin Sheen, public theologian Cornel West, Senator Tim Kaine, biographer Robert Ellsberg, and Day’s granddaughters. Watch Now.
Wednesday, March 18, 9:00 p.m. on KCET
“Singular” tells the story of Cecile McLorin Salvant, a talented jazz singer with a timeless voice, who developed an inimitable vocal style and earned three Grammy Awards before the age of 30. Interviews with fellow jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Bill Charlap, along with Cecile, her mother Lena, her sister Aisha and her bandmates, tell the story of Cecile’s success in the insular world of jazz. The program chronicles her childhood as a Haitian-American in Miami, her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, and her 2010 victory at the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Watch Now.
Leah Chase – The Queen Of Creole Cuisine
Wednesday, March 18, 10:00 p.m. on KCET
Narrated by journalist Michelle Miller, “Leah Chase – The Queen Of Creole Cuisine” chronicles the humble beginnings of a young girl from Madisonville, Louisiana and how she became one of the top, multi-award-winning chefs in the nation. Watch Preview.
Julia Child: American Masters
Friday, March 27, 8:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
Savor the life and legacy of Julia Child, who introduced French cuisine to America through her series, “The French Chef,” in 1963. This film tells two love stories: “Julia & Paul Child” and “Julia & French food.” Watch Preview.
Alice Waters American Masters
Friday, March 27, 11:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
Discover Alice Waters, who, with her cafe Chez Panisse, became a major force behind the way Americans eat and think about food, launching the explosion of local farmers’ markets and the edible schoolyard. Watch Preview.