Women Making History! Thursday Nights On WLRN-TV.

Mar 21, 2014

WLRN brings you programs that explore more than a century of history and culture of women in America.

Makers: Women Who Make America (8:00 PM

Makers: Women Who Make America

In the third part “Charting a New Course”, a new generation of women were re-evaluating some of its most basic assumptions, especially the balance between work and family. By the 2000s, the movement was again under attack from conservatives seeking to rollback abortion and contraception laws, and by younger women fleeing the very word “feminism.”

American Masters: Billie Jean King (9:00 PM)

Six-time Wimbledon singles champion Billie Jean King of the United States stretches to return the ball to Dianne Fromholtz (not pictured) of Australia during their semi-final match in the $150,000 Toray Sillook Tennis Tournament in Tokyo on Saturday, Sept. 17, 1979. Sixth-seeded King defeated second-seeded Formholtz 6-2, 7-6.

American Masters looks back to the 12-year-old Long Beach, California, girl who played tennis on public courts, observed disparity and, as she soared athletically, never stopped trying to remedy inequality. During her professional tennis career, King won 39 Grand Slam titles, helped form the Virginia Slims Series (pre-cursor to WTA Tour), founded the Women’s Sports Foundation and Women’s Sports magazine, and co-founded World TeamTennis (WTT). Her competitiveness on the circuit was matched by her efforts on behalf of women and the LGBT community, and her commitment to prove there is strength in diversity.

Annie Oakley: American Experience

Annie Oakley: American Experience

She was the toast of Victorian London, New York, and Paris. She was "adopted" by Indian chief Sitting Bull, charmed the Prince of Prussia, and entertained the likes of Oscar Wilde and Queen Victoria. Annie Oakley excelled in a man's world by doing what she loved, and won fame and fortune as the little lady from Ohio who never missed a shot.