Two Upcoming Events in Utah, Featuring Women Who Had a Tremendous Impact on UT History

All artwork by Amelie Chabannes

All artwork by Amelie Chabannes


We are very excited for two special events we’re hosting next week in Utah, in partnership with our local partner Better Days 2020, and supported by a fellowship award from the Utah Humanities Council- at the Salt Lake City Public Library on April 22, and the Uintah County Library in Vernal, UT, on April 23.

In addition to screening the UNLADYLIKE2020 trailer and a sneak peek of the first film of the series about Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman pilot, UNLADYLIKE2020’s series creator and director Charlotte Mangin be giving a presentation on two amazing women featured in the series: Native American civil rights activist, author and musician Zitkala-Ša, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, whose Sun Dance opera was first performed in Vernal, UT, and the first female state senator, Martha Hughes Cannon. Charlotte Mangin will not only share her research on these women, but also speak about the creative process behind creating animated documentary films about them for the series.

Following the presentation, each event will have a fantastic panel of women who will bring Cannon’s and Zitkala-Ša’s stories into the present through sharing their own experiences and perspective on these two women’s work.

In Salt Lake City, the panel will include:

  • Charlotte Mangin, UNLADYLIKE2020’s series creator, director, and producer

  • Jane Hafen, Professor Emerita of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and editor of a collection of Zitkala-Ša’s writings Dreams and Thunder

  • Holly Richardson, former member of Utah’s House of Representatives, Communications Director for Hope Humanitarian, a columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune, and an award-winning blogger

In Vernal, the panel will include:

  • Charlotte Mangin, UNLADYLIKE2020's series creator, director, and producer

  • Jane Hafen, Professor Emerita of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and editor of a collection of Zitkala-Ša’s writings Dreams and Thunder, and other special guests

  • Cheryl Lone Bear, Ute beadworker and historic preservationist

  • Sonja Norton, the first female mayor of Vernal and entrepreneur

Check out the facebook events for the SLC event here, and Vernal’s here, and spread the word to your friends in Utah! And stay tuned for more info on the films about these two incredible women in 2020!

UNLADYLIKE2020 is Awarded 'Made in NY' Women's Film, TV & Theatre Fund Grant!

UNLADYLIKE2020’s series creator, director, and producer Charlotte Mangin with Kathy Leichter, UNLADYLIKE2020’s development and impact producer at the Made in NY awards reception.

UNLADYLIKE2020’s series creator, director, and producer Charlotte Mangin with Kathy Leichter, UNLADYLIKE2020’s development and impact producer at the Made in NY awards reception.

We are honored that UNLADYLIKE2020 has been awarded the competitive "Made In NY" Women's Film, TV & Theatre Fund grant from the City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), the centerpiece of a groundbreaking series of initiatives by MOME to address the underrepresentation of women in film, television, and theatre, administered by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This is the inaugural year for the program, and it is the very first municipal grant program of its kind in the U.S. You can learn more about the fund from the press release here.

Congratulations to our fellow grantees! Our series creator, Charlotte Mangin, and our development and impact producer, Kathy Leichter, had a wonderful time at the Made in NY awards reception meeting the other grantees, a talented group of women film and theater makers, and learning about their projects. Anne del Castillo, Media and Entertainment Acting Commissioner said, this year’s projects “portray the complexity and variety of human experience as told by an incredibly diverse group of women.”

See here for the full list of projects!

This grant will support production of our film about Rose Schneiderman (1882-1972), a passionate labor organizer from New York's Lower East Side. Thank you, MOME and NYFA!

The 2019 recipients of the “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV & Theatre FUnd

The 2019 recipients of the “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV & Theatre FUnd


Athena Film Festival Has Announced its 2019 Lineup!


We are thrilled to be partnering with the Athena Film Festival, which returns at the end of February for its ninth year of celebrating women and leadership!

The Athena Film Festival is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight powerful stories about courageous and audacious women leaders. The four-day festival includes inspiring films; conversations with directors, actors, and activists; and workshops for filmmakers and film fans.

The festival will be held February 28- March 3 at Barnard College in New York City, and they are generously offering a 15% discount on tickets! To get your discount, visit and use the code 19AFF15 at checkout.


UNLADYLIKE2020 Received Planning Grant from South Carolina Humanities!


We are excited to announce that UNLADYLIKE2020 has received a Planning Grant from South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage. The grant will support the research and development phase of our short about Charlotta Spears Bass, one of the first African American women to own and operate a newspaper in the United States.

Bass followed earlier decades of ‘muckracking’ or reform-minded journalism, publishing the California Eagle in Los Angeles from 1912 until 1951, at a time when newsrooms were male-dominated and few white journalists focused on issues of importance to African Americans. In its pages, she addressed the racism of D.W. Griffith's film The Birth of A Nation, the Ku Klux Klan, LA’s discriminatory hiring practices, police brutality, and restrictive housing covenants. Her uncompromising stance against racial injustice resulted in numerous death threats. After retiring from the newspaper industry, Bass went into politics and was the first African American woman to run for Vice President of the U.S., on the Progressive party ticket in 1952.

We’re excited to develop this short on Bass’ story. Thank you, South Carolina Humanities, for supporting this important work!

Announcing UNLADYLIKE2020's Academic Advisory Board

We are pleased to introduce you to our incredible Humanities Advisory Board. Please join us in welcoming this group of eight esteemed scholars from universities across the U.S., each with a different perspective on Progressive Era history and women's and gender studies. 

Michael Bronski is a Professor of Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. He is an LGBTQ activist and the author of A Queer History of the United States. 

Yong Chen is a Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, an expert in late 19th and 20th Century Asian American social and cultural history, and the author ofChinese San Francisco 1850-1943: A Transpacific Community. 

Hasia Diner is a Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, Director of Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History and Director of Undergraduate Studies in NYU's Department of History. Her books include Her Works Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in America from Colonial Times to the Present.

Mary Jo Tippeconic Fox is Comanche/Cherokee and an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. She is a Research Professor/Social Scientist of American Indian Studies, and affiliate faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona and co-edited Serving Native American Students in Higher Education.

Cynthia E. Orozco is a Professor of History and Humanities at Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso. She is the founder of the Chicana Caucus of the National Association for Chicano Studies and the author of No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.

Stephanie J. Shaw is a Professor of History at Ohio State University. She also teaches in the Department of Women’s Studies and the Department of Black Studies, and is the author of What a Woman Ought to Be and to Do: Black Professional Women Workers During the Jim Crow Era. 

Karen Manners Smith is a Professor Emerita of History at Emporia State University, specializing in the history of American women in the Progressive Era. Her books includeA Student Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and New Paths to Power: American Women 1890-1920.

Nancy C. Unger is a Professor and Chair of History at Santa Clara University, where she teaches Women’s History, the History of Gays and Lesbians in the U.S., and the Progressive Era. She is the author of Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer, and co-editor of A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.