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Evita
Long after Evita was embalmed and secretly buried under a fictitious name in Milan, the former First Lady of Argentina once again was catapulted to fame after Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical. A few years later, Alan Parker's movie adaptation…
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The Queen and I - Empress Farah Pahlavi - Former Queen of Iran
When Nahid Persson Sarvestani, an Iranian exile, set out to make a documentary about Empress Farah Pahlavi, the wife of the Shah of Iran, she expected to encounter her opposite. As a child, Persson Sarvestani had lived in dire poverty,…
Political Animals - Pioneering Women Who Paved the Way for LGBT Equality
Political Animals celebrates the legendary civil rights victories of the first four openly gay elected California state politicians - who were all women: Carole Migden, Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe. Documenting the tough struggles they endured, the film…
Eleanor Roosevelt
Part of the Series: American Experience
PBS
She was the nation's conscience, a tireless advocate for the disadvantaged, a woman who influenced American social policies for decades and pushed through the first international charter on human rights. Eleanor Roosevelt survived a painful childhood and a difficult marriage…
Widow of the Revolution: The Story of Anna Larina
Anna Larina was the young bride of Nikolai Bukharin, one of the top leaders in the early years of the Russian Revolution. This documentary is based on her memorable autobiography, "This I Cannot Forget," which she wrote late in life,…
Martha Kanter's Plan for Cutting College Tuition (Commonwealth Club)
Martha Kanter, U.S. under secretary of education, discusses her plan for cutting college tuition. The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum, bringing together its members for events on topics ranging across politics, culture,…
Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way
Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way is a feature-length documentary about the life and legacy of the trailblazing woman who made history in 1984 as the first female Vice Presidential nominee on a major party ticket in the United States. The…
Women In Politics
Part of the Series: Advocates of Change
They have made a difference and revolutionized the world. They come from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe. These remarkable individuals have pioneered, developed and forever improved their industry and the world in which we…
Sandra Day O'Connor: Supreme Court's First Female Justice (Commonwealth Club)
Sandra Day O'Connor, former justice and the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, discusses her new book "Lazy B," and how growing up on a cattle ranch impacted her decisions on the bench. The Commonwealth Club of…
Mystery of Eva Paron - The Story Behind Argentina's Most Famous First Lady
The True Story of Evita, as told by her Father Confessor, Her Friends, and ... Her Enemies. Actress, seductress, political powerhouse and cultural icon of Argentina and the world, the life and legend of Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, or…
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Part of the Series: ICONS: Big Star Profiles
This program presents a biographical profile of Hillary Rodham Clinton prior to her becoming the United States' 67th Secretary of State. As we see, most American First Ladies have been content to stay in the background, but Hillary Rodham Clinton…
The Making of Merkel
BBC
Germany's first female Chancellor Angela Merkel rose from humble roots to become the most powerful woman in the world. This fascinating portrait reveals how her astonishing ascent to power has been on her own terms - as a woman, a…
Madeleine Albright's Remarkable Story of War and Diplomacy (Commonwealth Club)
When Albright was U.S. secretary of state in the 1990s, she brought to her job as America's top diplomat a deeply felt understanding of the lessons and wounds of history. The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and…
Getting Back to Abnormal
"They say that a mixture of every nation is to be found in New Orleans. But in the midst of this confusion, what race should dominate and give direction to the rest?" - Alexis de Toqueville, 1832 What happens when…
Green Politics: Elizabeth May
Interview with Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and the first elected Green Party Member of Parliament in Canadian history, representing the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands in British Columbia. A lifelong environmental activist and a lawyer, May…
Benazir Bhutto: Duel In Pakistan
Part of the Series: Political Assassination Series
Since its independence in 1947, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been torn between civil rule and military dictatorship. The first civilian to take power is Zulfikar Ali Bhutto when he triumphantly wins the 1971 elections. But only six years…
Bhutto - Democracy Was Her Greatest Revenge Against Extremism
The epic story of Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history elected to lead a Muslim nation. A favored daughter of the family often called the "Kennedys of Pakistan," Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and…
What Can One MP Do? Plenty: Elizabeth May (follow-up)
Interview with Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada and Canada's first elected Green Party Member of Parliament (MP). In this second of two Green Interviews, May discusses her role, and her power, as the only sitting member…
Nancy Pelosi: Commemorating 25 Years in Congress (Commonwealth Club)
U.S. House Democratic leader Nacy Pelosi headlines this special Commonwealth Club conversation, commemorating her 25 years of representing San Francisco in Congress. The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum, bringing together its members…