We are honored to have been selected for a highly competitive National Endowment for the Humanities Media Projects Development Grant. These funds will allow us to spend this fall finalizing our research, diving deep into the project's humanities themes, and drafting scripts for all 31 episodes. See full list of awarded projects here.
This event, in celebration of National Aviation History Month, will include a screening of UNLADYLIKE2020’s first video, telling the incredible story of aviator Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to hold an international pilot's license, followed by a panel discussion with special guests, a community talk-back, and refreshments.
This event is made possible by: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York State Council on the Arts, in partnership with The Futuro Media Group.
UNLADYLIKE2020 is honored to have been selected for the Independent Filmmaker Project's Spotlight on Documentaries forum taking place September 15-20 in Dumbo, Brooklyn. This will be an important opportunity to share the project's vision with the film community and connect with industry reps. We're excited that a majority of the projects chosen this year are directed and created by women! Click here to view the entire IFP Week line-up.
Our team is thrilled to announce that we have received funding from Virginia Humanities, Virginia's state humanities council. Virginia Humanities connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. This funding will support the research and production of our episode about the first female bank President, Maggie Lena Walker. We’re very excited to share her story, which you can learn a little bit more about below:
Maggie Lena Walker (1864-1934), an African American teacher and businesswoman, became the first female bank president when she founded the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, VA. As a community leader and entrepreneur, she worked to make tangible improvements in the lives of African Americans and women. At a time when white banks did not readily accept deposits from black customers, Walker not only grew her bank, but grew the economic base of black Richmond by financing over 600 home loans for black families by 1920. She also served as editor-in-chief of a local newspaper, ran a department store and a nationwide insurance system.
Our team is excited to announce that UNLADYLIKE2020 has received funding from South Dakota Humanities Council, which supports education, literary, and public humanities programs throughout the state. This funding will support the research behind our film about Zitkála-Šá, who was born in South Dakota- as well as engagement events in South Dakota during Native American Heritage Month, November, in 2020, sharing the film and our research.
Zitkála-Šá (1876–1938), also known by the name Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was born on a reservation in South Dakota and sent to a Quaker missionary-run boarding school at age 8. Trained as a violinist at the New England Conservatory of Music, she wrote the libretto for the first Native American opera in 1913. As an author, she published in prestigious national magazines such as Harper’s and The Atlantic, writing about Native American struggles to retain their cultural identities amid pressure to assimilate into European American culture. Becoming a political activist, she joined the Society of American Indians, and in 1926 co-founded the National Council of American Indians to lobby for U.S. citizenship, civil rights, and preserving Native American heritage and ways of life.
Our team is thrilled to announce that UNLADYLIKE has received funding from Utah Humanities! Utah Humanities (UH) empowers groups and individuals to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities. The grant will support research on two trailblazing women from Utah - Martha Hughes Cannon and Zitkála-Šá - and to organize two public events presenting our research on these women. We look forward to doing this exciting work! Below is some info about these amazing women:
Martha Hughes Cannon (1857-1932) came from a Welsh-born immigrant family that traveled West with the Mormon Church to settle in Utah in the 1860s. After obtaining a medical degree and working as a physician, she became the fourth of six wives in a polygamous marriage, during the height of a national crackdown on polygamy. In 1896, she was elected the country’s first female state senator, defeating her own husband who was also on the ballot. A leader in Utah’s women’s suffrage movement, she helped put women’s suffrage into the state’s constitution, and also set up Utah’s first board of health and food safety laws.
Zitkala-Ša (1876–1938), aka Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was a Native American musician, educator, and civil rights activist who lived on the Ute Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah for 14 years. You can find more about her amazing accomplishments and life, in the post above!
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.
UNLADYLIKE2020 has received a grant from the California Documentary Project (CDP), a competitive grant program of California Humanities.
CDP grants are awarded to support film, audio, and interactive media projects that add a new layer to a complex and growing portrait of California. This grant will help UNLADYLIKE2020 produce our films about Progressive Era women from California: Mary Tape, Ynes Mexia, Charlotte Amanda Spears Bass, Marguerite Thompson Zorach, and Louise Arner Boyd. Thank you to California Humanities for supporting our creative vision!
We are proud to announce that UNLADYLIKE2020 has received public funds from Creative Engagement / Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond. Thank you LMCC!
We are proud to ally with Vision 2020, a national women’s equality coalition. Based at the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Vision 2020 will host Women 100 in the year 2020 – a celebration of the 19th Amendment and a century of women’s voting rights. Vision 2020’s coalition is made up of delegates and allies, representing millions of members in all 50 states, working together to achieve women’s economic, political and social equality. We are in amazing company with other allied organizations whose missions align closely with ours, including the Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., Let It Ripple, Ms. Foundation for Women, the National Women's Hall of Fame, and Take the Lead Women.
UNLADYLIKE2020 was awarded a Vision Grant from Humanities New York. This grant will help us to plan and carry out our multimedia vision.
We want to thank Humanities New York and the review committee for supporting our project!
UNLADYLIKE2020 artist Amelie Chabannes and her gorgeous work for our series is profiled in the new issue of Ubikwist Magazine, an art publication which celebrates diversity in popular culture. Preview the issue here, download the digital version of the magazine here and purchase the print magazine at newsstands starting October 23rd.
A special thanks to Giannie Couji, founder of Ubikwist, and Belinda Becker, author of the article!
UNLADYLIKE2020 received a beautiful write-up in the April 2017 issue of Quiet Lunch which features Amelie Chabannes' breathtaking artwork and its origins, along with an in-depth description of Series Director and Producer Charlotte Mangin's vision and goals for the multimedia series.
A special thank you to art critic and writer Goënièvre Anaïs!
On Thursday April 27 from 6:30pm-8:30pm, we are hosting a kickoff event at FIAF French Institute-Alliance Française, 22 East 60th Street, in the gallery off the lobby.
Enjoy good company, get a sneak peek at our film series trailer and pilot episode, and hear award-winning filmmaker Charlotte Mangin share her vision for the project. 40 original, one-of-a-kind works of art from UNLADYLIKE, created by fine artist Amelie Chabannes, will be on exhibit and available for purchase at the event and on our website. Proceeds from the sales of the artwork will go directly to the project. This kickoff event launches our fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 to complete research and development and begin production on several new episodes.
Presentation starts at 7:15pm.
Please spread the word and invite others interested in art, women's history and women's empowerment. RSVP here.