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Rise Up: Songs Of The Women’s Movement

Stream now or tune in Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Women's Liberation March, 1971.

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Above: Women's Liberation March, 1971.

A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote Reflected in Popular Music

"Rise Up: Songs Of The Women's Movement" celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by chronicling the role that music played in one of the nation’s most dynamic social movements of the 20th century.

Hit songs that became empowering and beloved anthems are performed by Aretha Franklin, Lesley Gore, Helen Reddy, Loretta LynnJanis Ian, Holly Near, Gloria Gaynor, Dolly Parton, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Tina Turner, Eurythmics (Annie Lennox) and others.

This dynamic soundtrack of the women’s movement also features footage of historic milestones in women’s liberation woven together with new interviews with performers and leading activists, including Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Toni Van Pelt, President of NOW

The special chronicles the music and events from the early 1900s through the late 80s, with a second installment bringing the movement up to the present day planned.

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Celebrate the centennial of women’s right to vote through the soundtrack of the women’s movement.

The film features these performances:

  • “March of the Women” – Suffragette song recording
  • “Saint Louis Blues” – Bessie Smith
  • “Down By the Riverside” – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • “You Don't Own Me” – Lesley Gore
  • “Respect” – Aretha Franklin
  • “I Am Woman” – Helen Reddy
  • “The Pill” – Loretta Lynn
  • “Hello Hooray” – Women on Wheels
  • “Amazon” – Judith Casselberry and Aleah Long
  • “At Seventeen” – Janis Ian
  • “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  • “Fight Back” – Holly Near
  • “9 to 5” – Dolly Parton
  • “Bad Reputation” – Joan Jett
  • “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
  • “Like the Way I Do” – Melissa Etheridge
  • “What's Love Got to Do With It” – Tina Turner
  • “Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves” – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
  • “Play Like a Girl” – June and Jean Millington and the institute for the musical arts girls

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Producer: Ginger Group Productions. Produced by Heather A. Smith, Donna Korones and multiple Emmy Award-winner Jim Brown.


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