Unsung Women Who Changed America

The Series

UNLADYLIKE2020 is a series of 26 short films and a one-hour documentary profiling diverse and little-known American women from the turn of the 20th century, and contemporary women who follow in their footsteps. Winner of the 2020 Women Transforming Media award, the series premiered on PBS’s American Masters in honor of the centennial of women's suffrage, and is narrated by acclaimed actors Julianna Margulies and Lorraine Toussaint.

Advocate for Trafficked Women & First Chinese American Woman Federal Government Employee


Social Work Pioneer & Champion of Children, Immigrant, and Women's Rights


Gender-Bending Harlem Renaissance Performer and Musician


First Woman to Lead Arctic Expeditions


Bonus Content

Explore more stories of contemporary women who continue the fight for equality and representation, and learn more about the making of UNLADYLIKE2020.

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