Heritage Month
AZPM Celebrates Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month – commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history and throughout the world. Read more about Women's History Month and its origins in the U.S.
Feature Suffragists picket in front of the White House. Washington, D.C., February 1917. Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote. (PHOTO: Library of Congress)
Enjoy a special collection of stories, programs and educational resources that highlight the historical, societal, and cultural accomplishments of women throughout the decades.

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Women's History Monthwomenshistorymonth.gov Resources from The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Explore More
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Arizona and the 19th AmendmentNPS.gov Women first organized and collectively fought for suffrage at the national level in July of 1848. Arizona ratified the 19th Amendment on February 12, 1920, one of the original 36 states to do so. Explore More
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American Women: A Guide to Women's History ResourcesThe Library of Congress The Library's unique and diverse collections are rich with resources for the study of women's history. This research guide gathers together a collection of topical guides and essays that tell the stories of women in America. Explore More
StoryAmerican Experience: The Cancer Detectives The untold story of the coalition of people who fought tirelessly to save women from cervical cancer. Premieres March 26.
StoryAmerica Reframed: A Woman on the Outside After watching nearly every man in her life disappear into prison, Kristal Bush channels her struggle into reuniting other Philadelphia families divided by incarceration. Premieres March 28.
StoryVoces: Sentir el Sol A poetic documentary short about an Afro-Mexican woman in search of her ethnic and gender identity through the West African and Afro-Mexican practices in music and dance.
StoryAmerican Experience: Fly With Me The lively but neglected history of the women who changed the world while flying it.
StoryFunny Woman Barbara Parker heads to London to take on the male-dominated world of comedy by storm.
StoryBeyond the Powder The history of the first women’s cross-country air race and the legacy today.
StoryPBS LearningMedia: Teaching Women's Suffrage This collection of video clips, lesson plans, and primary sources details key figures, events, and regional movements of the decades-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the United States.
StoryCelebrate Women's History: Rebel Girls Rebel Girls from History celebrates Women's History Month by focusing on the amazing, mostly forgotten women from the late 19th and early 20th century whose lives, actions, and sacrifices helped shape today’s America.
Story15 Children's Books to Celebrate Women's History Month In honor of Women’s History Month, here are 15 such books about impactful and inspirational historic and modern-day women.
StoryGirl Talk Set in the cutthroat, boy-dominated world of high school debate, GIRL TALK tells the timely story of five girls on a diverse, top-ranked Massachusetts high school debate team.
StoryIndependent Lens: Storming Caesars Palace After losing her job as a hotel worker in Las Vegas, Ruby Duncan joined a welfare rights group of mothers who defied notions of the “welfare queen.”
StoryIndependent Lens: Hidden Letters The bonds of sisterhood, and the parallels of struggles among generations of women in China, are drawn together by the once-secret written language of Nüshu, the only script designed and used exclusively by women.
StorySecrets of the Dead: Woman in the Iron Coffin Uncover the story of early America’s free Black communities via 150-year-old human remains.
StorySouthland Sessions: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt at The Soraya Aida Cuevas, La Marisoul, Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar and special guest David Hidalgo from Los Lobos pay tribute to the legend Linda Ronstadt.
StorySecrets of the Dead: Lady Sapiens Incredible scientific investigations from across the globe are helping piece together the untold story of prehistoric women shedding new light on our ancient foremothers.
StoryCall the Midwife Now in its 13th season, Call the Midwife is a moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery in 1960s London.
StoryAmerican Experience: The Vote One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote.
StoryBetty White: First Lady of Television A warm look at the life and career of the beloved television and film legend.
StoryJoni Mitchell: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize After getting her start in coffee shops Joni Mitchell went on to set a new standard for music. She became a household name with music that defies categorization.
StoryIndependent Lens: Dolores Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.
StorySanditon Jane Austen’s final and incomplete novel Sanditon tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood.
StoryAmerican Experience: Zora Neale Hurston, Claiming A Space Meet the influential author, anthropologist, and key figure of the Harlem Renaissance whose work reclaimed and honored Black life.
StoryAmerican Experience: The Codebreaker The Codebreaker reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government.
StoryTell Me More with Kelly Corrigan Hosted by four-time New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan, the show features insightful conversations with notable guests, reflecting on their lives and the impact they can have on their worlds.
StoryMiss Scarlet & The Duke Kate Phillips stars in a six-part mystery as the headstrong, first-ever female detective in Victorian London.
StoryNOVA Determined: Fighting Alzheimer's Follow three women at risk of developing Alzheimer’s as they join a groundbreaking study to try to prevent the disease.
StoryWild Rivers with Tillie Conservationist Tillie Walton explores wild rivers and their surrounding cultures and ecosystems.
StoryAMERICAN MASTERS: Searching for Augusta Savage Augusta Savage was the first person in the U.S. to open a gallery dedicated to African American art.
StoryFRONTLINE: Afghanistan Undercover Correspondent Ramita Navai's undercover investigation into the Taliban’s crackdown on women in Afghanistan.
StoryLa Otra Mirada Set in 1920s Seville, this series portrays the journey of brave women finding their own voice. From Walter Presents, in Spanish with English subtitles.
StoryInside the Mind of Agatha Christie Combining rare access to Agatha’s family, her personal archive and speaking to those who know her work best, discover what made the world’s most successful crime writer tick.
StoryFRONTLINE: Pelosi's Power An examination of former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi's life and legacy, how she has gained and wielded power across three decades, and how she has faced grave challenges to her leadership and to American democracy.
Story9 to 5: The Story of a Movement When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was singing about a real movement that started with a group of secretaries in the early 1970s seeking better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment.
Celebrate Women's History Month with this collection of stories from AZPM.
Eight decades after their wartime efforts, real-life 'Rosie the Riveters' reunite in D.C. to win the nation's top civilian honorEight decades after their wartime efforts, real-life 'Rosie the Riveters' reunite in D.C. to win the nation's top civilian honor Twenty seven "Rosies" traveled from across the country to attend Wednesday's award ceremony
First Lady Jill Biden stops in Arizona to launch Women for Biden-HarrisFirst Lady Jill Biden stops in Arizona to launch Women for Biden-Harris Dr. Jill Biden unveils re-election campaign for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, advocates for reproductive healthcare rights.
Carla Fabris: HarpistCarla Fabris: Harpist A delicate performance by Carla Fabris, Harp Instructor at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music
Artist Maria ArvayoArtist Maria Arvayo Pascua Yaqui artist draws inspiration from the Sonoran Desert landscape.
Navajo WeaversNavajo Weavers Sisters Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete are 5th-generation master Navajo weavers
Lex Gjurasic: Radical HappinessLex Gjurasic: Radical Happiness Creating joy filled paintings and sculptures is Lex's way of processing memories, emotions, and experiences in a chaotic world.
The Friends and the BeesThe Friends and the Bees Meet the women behind Buzzed Queens Apiary in Tucson.
Note of Life: Gertie and the T.O. BoyzNote of Life: Gertie and the T.O. Boyz As the only female band leader on the Tohono O'odham reservation, Gertie Lopez is a is a celebrated musician who has been a force in Tucson’s music community for decades.
Barbara RogersBarbara Rogers Painter of paradise, vulnerability, and beauty.
Working in Mental Health with Felicia JaimezWorking in Mental Health with Felicia Jaimez Providing therapy on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation.
Ana Maria Iordache: Classical GuitaristAna Maria Iordache: Classical Guitarist The classical guitarist from Romania, currently pursuing her DMA degree at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, sits down for an exclusive AZPM studio performance.
Working in Mental Health with Kate KincaidWorking in Mental Health with Kate Kincaid Kate Kincaid specializes in relationship therapy within systemically marginalized communities and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
BJ's Hand-Cranked SocksBJ's Hand-Cranked Socks Barbara Schroeder knits socks with a 130-year-old antique sock knitting machine and cannot emphasize enough, the importance of wearing wool socks, even in summer.
No more silence: Boarding school survivor Anita Yellowhair shares her story, over 60 years laterNo more silence: Boarding school survivor Anita Yellowhair shares her story, over 60 years later Anita Yellowhair, of Arizona, was one of thousands of children taken from their home to one of more than 400 boarding schools in the U.S.
Working in Mental Health with Sarai PegueroWorking in Mental Health with Sarai Peguero Sarai Perguero specializes in EMDR Therapy; her childhood lead her to want to help those struggling with their identities and marginalization.
Girls in STEMGirls in STEM Since 2013, the Arizona Science Center has hosted monthly "Girls in STEM" events, in the hopes of inspiring girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Rhymes and ReptilesRhymes and Reptiles Meet a local author who gets children and adults excited about science through clever rhymes and reptiles!
Meet a Sierra Vista civil rights pioneerMeet a Sierra Vista civil rights pioneer For Dorothy Coston-Tompkins, it’s about service, investing in people, and creating spaces and opportunities for everyone to have their voices heard.
Cecilia Vicuña: Sonoran QuipuCecilia Vicuña: Sonoran Quipu Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña has had solo shows at some of the most prestigious museums in the world. Now she brings her unique artistic practice to MOCA Tucson.
Jane HamiltonJane Hamilton Three decades ago she had $400 in the bank and was raising four children as a single mother, but that didn’t stop Jane Hamilton from starting her own business.
Nazafarin Lotfi: Carving a Space to Belong Nazafarin Lotfi: Carving a Space to Belong Nazafarin Lotfi is the founder of Hamrah Arts Club where she creates space for refugee-status youth through art in Tucson.
Tucson Chinese Chorizo ProjectTucson Chinese Chorizo Project The Chinese Chorizo is a symbol of how Chinese and Mexican communities once thrived throughout the barrios of downtown Tucson.
Borderlands BrewersBorderlands Brewers We follow Ayla Kapahi and Savanna Saldate of Borderlands Brewing Co. as they show off their craft and remind us what we should know about the history of beer.
Democrat Katie Hobbs takes office as Arizona governorDemocrat Katie Hobbs takes office as Arizona governor Hobbs was sworn in during a private ceremony at the state Capitol as she formally took over from Republican Doug Ducey.
Ivy, Gilded in BlackIvy, Gilded in Black Ivy Wahome's new exhibition shows the Victorian era from a different perspective.
Las AzaleasLas Azaleas Founded in 2020 by Diana Olivares, Las Azaleas is a women-led mariachi group that highlights the voices and talent of female musicians.
Fighting Foodborne IllnessFighting Foodborne Illness Sadhana Ravishankar has spent her career keeping agricultural products in Arizona safe, and was recently awarded Inventor of the Year by Tech Launch Arizona for developing natural antimicrobial washes.
Chubasco ChannelChubasco Channel Alex! Jimenez’s Chubasco Channel is an immersive sound installation that celebrates the monsoons and raises awareness about the future of water in the Southwest Region.
Returning to EarthReturning to Earth Dr. Sian Proctor is a geoscientist, educator, afrofuturist artist, and most recently-- the first black female astronaut to pilot a spacecraft.
Birth WitnessBirth Witness Ofelia Zepeda, former Tucson poet laureate and Tohono O’odham tribal member reads an excerpt from her poem.
First Lady Jill Biden promotes cancer moonshot in visit to Southern ArizonaFirst Lady Jill Biden promotes cancer moonshot in visit to Southern Arizona Biden administration aiming to cut the cancer death rate in half over the next 25 years.
AlannaAlanna At the age of 47, Alanna Airitam left a successful career in advertising to pursue photography full-time.
Racing women take to southern Arizona track for high-speed honorsRacing women take to southern Arizona track for high-speed honors The fastest will win a place in the European-based W Series this summer.
From painting in prison to professional artist From painting in prison to professional artist Tucson resident makes a life-changing transformation with her talents.
Navajo MustangNavajo Mustang In Navajo (Diné) culture, the horse is central to life and an understanding of the world.
Tamales with JosefinaTamales with Josefina Meet the feisty and active octogenarian carrying on a thousand year old Mesoamerican tradition.
New astronaut list includes trainees with UA ties  New astronaut list includes trainees with UA ties They could be in line for upcoming missions to the ISS and maybe the moon.
UA doctoral student's satellite gathering upper atmosphere data for climate forecastersUA doctoral student's satellite gathering upper atmosphere data for climate forecasters The self-designed research package went aloft on a high-altitude balloon in August.
Atifa Rawan on AfghanistanAtifa Rawan on Afghanistan Atifa Rawan, an Afghan American and UA Library Sciences professor emerita, shares insight on her upbringing in Afghanistan and her most recent work in the region.
Coach Adia Barnes on MotherhoodCoach Adia Barnes on Motherhood The University of Arizona Women’s Basketball coach on balancing family, being a role model for her players, and normalizing what it means to be a mom.
Tigist: MidwifeTigist: Midwife A look at Tigist Ejeta and the long road it took for her to become a licensed home birth midwife. (6:34)
FireballFireball Astronomer Erika Hamden's discovery through failure. (09:54)
Grand Mama JonesGrand Mama Jones Grand Mama Jones, as she is known in her family, has been a rock for everyone around her. (07:32)
Stella TuckerStella Tucker Remembering the Tohono O'odham elder and face of the annual saguaro fruit harvest in southern Arizona
ZairaZaira A profile of Tucson community organizer, Zaira Livier.
The SurvivorThe Survivor There are 42 million sexual abuse survivors living in the U.S. today, and most have never told their story. Danielle McFarlin has made it her mission to break that silence.
Drawn to ScienceDrawn to Science Tucson scientist and artist Nathalie Aall has combined two of her favorite interests into an unusual career.
When Sarah RunsWhen Sarah Runs Tucson nurse Sarah Sellers stuns at the Boston Marathon.
In Her Own Words: Helping Migrants and DeporteesIn Her Own Words: Helping Migrants and Deportees Video commentary from Joanna Williams with the Kino Border Initiative.
The Full NelsonThe Full Nelson Life has thrown her a few curve balls. She is a mother, author and performer ... Adiba Nelson is a force of nature.
The PreventionistThe Preventionist Joronda Montaño is turning her painful past into a positive force for change—fighting substance abuse, rising suicide rates, and the toll of trauma and violence one kid at a time.
Angel's AwakeningAngel's Awakening A local author of young adult science fiction reflects on her life experiences and how they have influenced her writing.
The Architect: Judith ChafeeThe Architect: Judith Chafee Judith Chafee is one of the most critically acclaimed and controversial architects to have practiced in Southern Arizona.
The River WomanThe River Woman Katie Lee is still mourning the loss of her beloved Glen Canyon
Fighting MollyFighting Molly Molly Helsel is a single mom and a veteran MMA fighter.
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