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#ThrowbackThursday: Charlotte Mangin's Unladylike 2020

Unladylike 2020 is the brainchild of documentary filmmaker Charlotte Mangin. It's an innovative multimedia series about little known but extraordinary women from the turn of the 20th century whose legacies we all benefit from today. Produced with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Unladylike 2020 comprises 26 10-minute films that combine archival footage, diary entries, animation, and dynamic artwork to bring these notable women to life. With narration by actors Julianna Margulies and Lorraine Toussaint, Unladylike 2020 puts the biographies of women like aviator Bessie Coleman, politician Jeannette Rankin, and actor Anna May Wong in their historical and social context. The series also include interviews with contemporary women who are the direct beneficiaries of these trailblazers' legacies. The family-friendly series launched in early March 2020 and episodes are available to view at both the Unladylike 2020 and PBS American Masters websites. 

When Charlotte Mangin joined us for an episode of the Art Works podcast this past March, she took us behind the scenes of Unladylike 2020, sharing stories about some of the women featured in the series, the innovative techniques she used to bring these women to life digitally, and the joy of working with a team of women on stories about women. Listen here.

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