Women's History Month Programs, Events And Resources

ideastream is committed to using our multimedia platforms for sharing diverse and inclusive stories all year long. This March, join us in celebrating Women’s History Month. Throughout the month, ideastream is sharing enlightening programs, community events, performances and educational resources that highlight the impact and influence of women throughout history.

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Spot on Science: Female Scientists
This four-part series features a history of famous female scientists and interviews modern-day experts. Learn about the importance of dung beetles with an entomologist from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, find out how materials are designed for space with a scientist from NASA Glen, and get a lesson on biomimicry from a University of Akron researcher and her gecko! Spot on Science is featured in full episodes of NewsDepth, ideastream's current events show for kids. The segment is the recipient of a gold award for children's television from the Parents' Choice Foundation.

Know Ohio: Wonder Women
Ohio is home to amazing women who have broken past barriers! Meet a few of them in this video series, including international superstar sharpshooter Annie Oakley, the first female candidate for U.S. President Victoria Woodhull, abolitionist and former slave Sojourner Truth, and famous author Toni Morrison. Know Ohio is featured in full episodes of NewsDepth, ideastream's current events show for kids. The segment is the recipient of an approved award for children's television from the Parents' Choice Foundation.


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A Change of World: Poetry and the Women’s Movement
Tuesday, March 23 at 10:00 p.m.
Meryl Streep narrates this hour-long documentary special about how a generation of women poets radically changed the American poetry. "A Change of World" tells the story of how poets who were swept up in the Women’s Movement of the 1960s and 70s radically changed American poetry. As poet Alicia Ostriker says, "For the first time in the history of writing, which is about 4000 years or so, women could write without fear, without constantly looking over their shoulder to see if they were going to be approved of by men.” Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique was a primary catalyst of The Women’s Movement. In poetry, it was Sylvia Plath’s book “Ariel,” which electrified a generation of women poets. In the face of continuing sexism in the literary establishment, women poets began forming their own informal communities, with readings, magazines, bookstores, workshops and mentorships. Hear about this movement from poets who participated, like Sharon Olds, Judy Grahn, Sonia Sanchez, Susan Griffin.

Writer’s Voice: Women of the Civil War
Tuesday, March 30 at 10:00 p.m.
Author Karen Abbott talks about her book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, which tells the story of four courageous women of the Civil War who made history. The program also revisits an earlier interview with Lois Leveen, author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser. Ms. Bowser, an African American ex-slave, served as a Union spy inside the Confederate White House.


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Independent Lens: Coded Bias
Monday, March 22 at 10:00 p.m.
MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini's Algorithmic Justice League highlights racial bias in facial recognition algorithms.

American Masters: Flannery
Tuesday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m.
The life and work of author Flannery O'Connor, featuring archival footage, newly discovered journals and interviews with Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones and Hilton Als.

American Masters: Twyla Moves
Friday, March 26 at 9:00 p.m.
The career and creative process of choreographer Twyla Tharp, a pioneer of both modern dance and ballet


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On WCLV


Monday, March 22 at 5:10 p.m.: Lisa Wong, director of choruses at the Cleveland Orchestra

Tuesday, March 23 at 9:40 a.m.: Eliesha Nelson, violist with the Cleveland Orchestra

Wednesday, March 24 at 5:10 p.m.: Sheryl Modlin, carillonneur at Church of the Saviour

Wednesday, March 31 at 9:40 a.m.: Joan Katz Napoli, head of education at The Cleveland Orchestra

Throughout the month, WCLV will spotlight music by female composers and performers, and each featured Recording of the Week has been specifically selected to celebrate contributions to classical music made by women. We will also be featuring interviews throughout the month, with local woman composers, conductors, performers and arts administrators.

In 1908, 15,000 women marched in the streets to demand higher pay, shorter hours and voting rights. This led to the declaration of National Women’s Day in 1909. The day is celebrated worldwide under the auspices of the United Nations, falling on March 8. WCLV 104.9 will spend the day presenting the work of women composers and performers. In addition, tune in for interviews with some of Northeast Ohio’s most prominent women in music throughout the month of March.

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