Manager's Memo



Finding Your Roots

WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE AND DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES THROUGH PROGRAMMING

Tom Axtell

Following last month’s all-mail-in primary election, our nation prepares to celebrate 100 years since the passage of the women’s suffrage amendment to the United States Constitution. This month also marks 106 years since Nevada helped lead the way to this equal rights reform. The national trailblazers who fought for this right will be highlighted in a documentary on the 19th Amendment. The Vote: American Experience airs Monday and Tuesday, July 6 and 7 at 9 p.m. It explores the final decade of the fight for women’s right to vote in the United States. The program looks into the debate within the movement on how to best affect change, contrasting views including militant tactics versus hunger strikes and peaceful protests. Our award-winning 2014 local documentary on the Nevada women’s suffrage movement is also available for on demand streaming at vegaspbs.org/shows.

As our nation has witnessed wide-spread debates about racism, Vegas PBS will offer historical insight and diverse perspectives on women’s rights beyond suffrage. On Daring Women Doctors: Physicians in the 19th Century airing Friday, July 10 at 11 p.m., we highlight the pioneering women who faced resistance in their pursuit of medical education.Then on POV: We Are The Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls in Oakland, California, are on the frontlines of social justice, earning badges for completing units on preserving the environment, disability justice and more.The documentary airs Monday, July 20 at 9 p.m.

As a member of Vegas PBS, you can always find these and other titles on Vegas PBS Passport — your on-demand library of local and national public television programming. During this time of social distancing our Vegas PBS Passport streaming is at an all-time high, with more than 750,000 minutes of programming viewed last month. It is another way we say thank you to our loyal members.

With the end of the school year, we’ve returned to our regular afternoon programming on weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Our at-home learning efforts to reach educators and families during school closures lead to more than 17 million instructional interactions with our broadcast and online content. We thank viewers for being patient while we adjusted our programming to provide these resources for children, teachers and families and are pleased to return to the shows you love.

The entire team at Vegas PBS has been working hard to adapt to the quickly changing circumstances in our community. From at-home learning resources for students to career courses for adults; from online health updates on the pandemic to recovery discussions on Nevada Week, Vegas PBS has leveraged your member contributions to serve Southern Nevadans in ways only Vegas PBS can. We are dedicated to continuing this work as our city returns from tough circumstances. Thank you for your continued support of these efforts.

Thank you for supporting Vegas PBS. Stay safe and healthy.

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