Celebrating Women's History in Our 50th Year

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It is fitting that Fred Rogers adorns this month’s cover. His national program debuted 50 years ago, and on March 25, 1968, Channel 10 signed on as Nevada’s first educational television station. Fifty years is a long time, and with the support of our viewers, Vegas PBS has transitioned from film, to video tape to digital recording; and from single channel analog black and white, monaural broadcasting to digital high definition, 5.1 surround sound color broadcasting, cable casting and internet streaming. We will celebrate in many ways in the next 12 months, but we want to thank our donors for their steadfast support over the decades.

This year our governing boards are led by women, and our major donor society is named for Charlotte Hill, who founded the Friends of Channel 10 to increase community support for our educational, cultural and public affairs programming. Thus, we kick off our 50th anniversary celebrations during Women’s History Month by presenting programs that highlight the vital contributions of women across the globe and examine the important ways they have influenced our history and are shaping our future.

Two featured documentaries share stories of remarkable women who were often overshadowed by their charismatic husbands. Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You’ll Have the Sky uses Anne's own words to help convey the inner life of the acclaimed author and the challenges of being part of America's most famous couple. In Untold Stories: Mina Miller Edison, the Wizard’s Wife, diaries and personal letters reveal Mina’s accomplishments and struggles, the lasting impact of her charity work, and her influence on her husband and his inventions.

Other films tell the history of extraordinary women who shaped our country. Dolores Huerta co-founded the first farmworkers union with César Chávez and led the fight for racial and labor justice. Peter Bratt’s film, Dolores, is presented by Independent Lens. We will host a special screening of the documentary on Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. at Springs Preserve. Details are at VegasPBS.org/indie. We are also pleased to sponsor the Nevada Women’s Film Festival’s screening of Dolores at Eclipse Theaters on Sunday, March 25. Visit nwffest.com for those details.

Another American legend, Wilma Mankiller, overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to become the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief in 1985. Mankiller reveals how she fought injustice and gave voice to the voiceless. Women Outward Bound chronicles the experiences of the first group of young women to participate in the survival school course, and reveals the lessons they learned during their one month in the woods that eventually changed the course of history.

In addition to these powerful new programs, we will rebroadcast MAKERS, a national documentary series featuring groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence. We will also air two local productions about Southern Nevada influencers. MAKERS: Women in Nevada History, a co-production with UNLV, showcases women who shaped Clark County from a vast desert populated by small towns and few residents into the world-famous and unique destination it is today. Finally, Women in Gaming, recorded live at the Mob Museum, highlights the role women played in the gaming industry throughout the state of Nevada.

Thank you for your crucial financial support of public service media for 50 years. Your support allows us to partner with our universities, museums, film festivals and others to produce and broadcast historical documentaries like those featured during Women’s History Month. As Fred Rogers would surely say... “Thank you all for encouraging us, allowing us, all these years to be your neighbor.”

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