Illuminating the stories of extraordinary American heroines from the early years of feminism, American Masters — Unladylike2020 presents 26 digital short films featuring courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century.
Charlotta Bass was the first Black woman to run for Vice President of the United States.
Zitkála-Šá co-composed and wrote the libretto for the first American Indian opera.
Jeannette Rankin made history as the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
Jovita Idar was a Latina journalist who worked for an end to segregation and racism.
Martha Hughes Cannon was a historic state senator and public health pioneer.
Mary Church Terrell was a suffragist, civil rights activist and co-founder of the NAACP.
Sonora Webster Carver (1904-2003) was one of the most famous horse divers in the world.
Gertrude Ederle made history in 1926 as the first woman to swim across the English Channel
Queen Lili‘uokalani was the first sovereign queen, and the last monarch of Hawai'i.
Sissieretta Jones was the first Black woman to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall.
Gladys Bentley was a musical sensation and gender identity pioneer.
Tye Leung Schulze was the first Chinese American woman to vote in a U.S. election.
Williamina Fleming went from doing domestic work to becoming a trailblazing astronomer.
Meta Warrick Fuller celebrated African American cultural identity through her artwork.
Anna May Wong spent her acting career resisting racism and typecasting in Hollywood.
Ynés Mexía became one of the most accomplished plant collectors of her time.
Maggie Lena Walker was the first African-American woman bank founder and president.