CPTV Honors Women’s History Month with Special Programming Airing Throughout March

Release Date: 02/25/2009

HARTFORD, Conn. – March is National Women’s History Month, and CPTV is honoring the occasion with a series of programs celebrating some of America’s most influential women.

It all starts on Wednesday, March 18 at 9 p.m. with back-to-back specials about two of the funniest comediennes of all time. First comes Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character, a production of the Emmy-Award winning PBS series American Masters. This documentary pays tribute to the entertainer who transformed herself into a one-woman army of comedic characters and changed the landscape of television with her award-winning variety program, The Carol Burnett Show. And stay tuned for Erma Bombeck: A Legacy of Laughter, which looks at the life and career of beloved humorist Erma Bombeck. Bombeck’s honest tales of domestic life gave voice to millions of women, and at her zenith her syndicated news column appeared in 900 newspapers.

On March 23 at 9 p.m., CPTV airs the American Experience presentation of Sister Aimee. Sister Aimee tells the dramatic life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, a controversial, wildly popular evangelist who was instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture and American politics. Then at 10 p.m. comes The Powder and the Glory, which brings to light the struggles of visionary entrepreneurs Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. Beginning with almost no funds or resources – and in a time when businesses were rarely run by women – they went on to create what is now a $150 billion international health and beauty industry.

Finally, tune in on March 30 at 9 p.m. and watch as American Experience documents the life of Amelia Earhart. Earhart was first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, and she continues to inspire and intrigue the world with her extraordinary life and mysterious disappearance. And stay tuned for Betty Ford: The Real Deal airing at 10 p.m. This profile of former First Lady Betty Ford focuses on her time in the White House, her advocacy for equal rights and the substance addiction that led to the founding of the renowned rehabilitation clinic known as the Betty Ford Center.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with CPTV. Tune in beginning on March 18 and learn more about the legacies of seven illustrious American women.  Please see the schedule below:

American Masters - Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character
Airs Wednesday, March 18 at 9 p.m. (with repeat broadcasts on Friday, March 20 at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m.)

Erma Bombeck: A Legacy of Laughter
Airs Wednesday, March 18 at 10:30 p.m. (with repeat broadcasts on Saturday, March 21 at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m.)

American Experience - Sister Aimee
Airs Monday, March 23 at 9 p.m.

The Powder and the Glory
Airs Monday, March 23 at 10 p.m.

American Experience - Amelia Earhart
Airs Monday, March 30 at 9 p.m.

Betty Ford: The Real Deal
Airs Monday, March 30 at 10 p.m.

About CPTV
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television.  The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and / or www.wnpr.org.

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