Women in Comedy
Part of the Series: Makers: Women Who Make America

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A gender-bending farce set among the cliff-dwelling 18th century Dogon people, makes serious points about the status of women in Africa. It shows how ancient mythology can still shed light on modern issues. This proleptic tale about a comic revolution in which women's and men's roles are reversed was, in…
Women in Hollywood
Part of the Series: Makers: Women Who Make America
Makers: Women in Hollywood showcases the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country's biggest commodities: entertainment. Audiences hear from actress-producer-activist Jane Fonda; television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes, who created Grey's Anatomy and Scandal; screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who…
Makers: Women Who Make America - Season 2
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In the last half-century, women have fought their way into nearly every sphere of American life, from the battlefield to the comedy club, the soundstage to the Senate. Each documentary in this six-part series examines the impact of the women's movement on six fields once largely closed to women: business,…
Passion and Power - The Technology of Orgasm
This is the story of one simple invention, the vibrator, and its relationship to one complex human behavior, the female orgasm. The history of the vibrator and its medical use had virtually vanished until historian, Rachel Maines, researching needlework patterns in early 20th century women's magazines, ran across ads for…
Women of the Impressionist Movement
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Woman Being
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The Buddha's Forgotten Nuns
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The Girls in the Band - Female Jazz Musicians
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No Men Beyond This Point
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The Bro Code - How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men
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