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Woman Athletes: Babe Didrikson Zaharias (06:51)


Olympic gold medalist, Babe Didrikson was one of America's greatest female athletes, renowned for her determination and skill in multiple sports as well as for helping found the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in 1948.

Woman Adventurer and Athlete: Annie Oakley (03:13)

At the age of eight years old Annie Oakley began hunting to help support her family. She exhibited talent as a sharpshooter and gained notoriety in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show while encouraging equality and fitness for women.

Women Artists: Georgia O'Keeffe (05:59)

Artist, Georgia O'Keeffe painted and lived in New Mexico for most of her life. Whether flowers or scenes, O'Keeffe enjoyed sharing her perspective of the world through her paintings.

Women Performers: Bessie Smith (03:35)

Blues singer and actress, Bessie Smith typically sang only in black establishments despite popularity among whites. As a black woman in a white world, Bessie Smith lived by her own rules and encouraged other women to do the same.

Woman Ground-breaker and Hero: Madame C.J. Walker (06:34)

The first African-American millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker created the Walker Manufacturing Company and built her financial empire based on the sale of beauty products. Walker advocated economic independence for all women.

Woman Ground-breaker and Hero: Christa McAuliffe (05:16)

A school teacher who wanted to fly in space to help children understand its importance, Christa McAuliffe died in the Challenger explosion after being selected for the NASA Teacher in Space Project.

Suffragette and Stateswoman: Susan B. Anthony (09:44)

Susan B. Anthony campaigned tirelessly for women to gain the legal right to vote and at one time was arrested and fined for attempting to vote. Hillary Rodham Clinton comments on early woman leaders and importance of the suffrage movement.

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In this highly acclaimed program, ABC News correspondent Lynn Sherr takes us on a lively trip across America to visit the landmarks and places that celebrate famous American women. She maps out a unique tour of the nation following in the footsteps of these women, and in doing so creates mini-biographies of them.

In four different categories, seven women are featured. Adventurers and Athletes: Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Annie Oakley; Artists and Performers: Georgia O’Keeffe and Bessie Smith; Groundbreakers and Heroes: Madame C. J. Walker and Christa McAuliffe; and Suffrage and Stateswomen: Susan B. Anthony.

Each category is hosted by a notable contemporary woman. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on Suffrage and Stateswomen tells us about Susan B. Anthony, with a special personal message about the importance of women’s right to vote. Olympic Gold Medalist and sportscaster Donna de Varona profiles Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Annie Oakley. Actress Blair Brown tells us the stories of Georgia O’Keeffe and Bessie Smith, and Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman astronaut, takes us into the lives of Mme. C. J. Walker and Christa McAuliffe.

There are many other montage-vignettes that include other great American women like Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sacajawea, Isadora Duncan, Jacqueline Cochran, Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Molly Brown, Harriet Tubman, and many others. (47 minutes)

Length: 47 minutes

Item#: BVL6017

ISBN: 978-1-4213-8307-1

Copyright date: ©1995

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

Winner: Documentary; National Network Portrait—Twenty-first Annual American Women in Radio and Television Awards

Highly recommended by Video Librarian.

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