Women’s History Month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Women’s History Month, KLRU offers a lineup of programs both onair and online focused on women.

Our Women’s History Month offerings begin on with the official launch of the #SheDocs online film festival! The SheDocs series begins with a  special online social screening March 3 at 5 pm of Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. Watch the film and participate in exciting online conversations with filmmaker Pratibha Parmar and Koritha Mitchell, a literary historian and cultural critic specializing in African American literature, racial violence throughout U.S. literature and contemporary culture, and black drama and performance.


#SheDocs showcases 12 documentaries that highlight extraordinary women and their accomplishments. You can watch the following films anytime this month online:

Makers: Women Who Make America
Monday, March 17, 9 pm to midnight
This comprehensive and innovative series, built on an extraordinary archive of interviews, tells the story of one of the most sweeping social revolutions in America’s history, as women asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. It is a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress, and humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. No individual, nor any aspect of American life, has been unchanged. The series features the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it and those — both famous and unknown — caught up in its wake.

Performing Possibilities
Thursday, March 20, at 9 pm
Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population in the United States. Katherine Craft, seeing a great need for gender-specific programs for incarcerated women, founded Conspire Theatre in 2009 and has been run by Craft and coconspirator Michelle Dahlenburg since 2011. Through the use of theatre, Conspire seeks to provide women prisoners a revolutionary and creative approach to healing from trauma, increasing self-esteem, becoming better parents, and improving literacy. With a deep, abiding belief in redemption, empowerment, and connection through art, the Conspire team is undergoing their most ambitious project yet. No longer satisfied with keeping their organization’s work in the shadows of the penitentiary, they is taking the performances out into the public.

Independent Lens “All of Me” followed by Civic Summit “Obesity, Weight Loss & Body Acceptance”
Monday, March 24, from 8-10 pm
‘All Of Me’’ follows a group of Austin friends, who are morbidly obese, as they make changes in their lifestyles. KLRU’s Civic Summit takes a more in-depth look at the issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss. Learn more about these two programs

Women In Chemistry
Thursday, March 27, at 9 pm
A documentary profiling eight remarkable women who have made important contributions to the field of chemistry. The program follows the lives and careers of eight leading women in chemistry, celebrating their shared chance-taking, thrill-seeking love of science.  Against many personal and institutional odds, these women changed the world through innovation and entrepreneurship.  Women featured on the program include:  Nancy Chang; Uma Chowdhry; Mildred Cohn; Mary L. Good; Kathryn Hach-Darrow; Paula Hammond; Stephanie Kwolek and Kira Mazumdar-Shaw.

Women in Music Night 
Friday, March 28, 8-10:30 pm
Live from Lincoln Center  Patina Miller In Concert, Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Austin City Limits Esperanza Spalding,  jazz/soul singer/bassist and Grammy Award winner
Hardly Sound The Villettes, an Austin folky-indie-pop band

Women and Girls Lead
KLRU presents stories about women and girls who are making a difference both locally and globally. Watch these inspring stories at klru.org/wagl

Austin Revealed: Joan Khabele on Segregation at Barton Springs

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Denied a class trip to Barton Springs, Joan Khabele protested the exclusion of African Americans. She describes the measures she and others took to desegregate the iconic Austin landmark.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Bertha Means & the Ice Palace

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Bertha Means and her daughter Joan Khabele tell the story of how being turned away from a skating rink in Austin propelled them to action.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Wilhelmina Delco on Politics & Desegregation

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Wilhelmina Delco, the first African American elected to public office in Austin, Texas, recounts why it was important for her to run for the school board.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Segregation/Desegregation Stories

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

When Austin schools were desegregated in 1971, the traditional African-American schools were closed. It devastated the community and the impact lingers today.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Gary Bledsoe on Police Violence

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Gary Bledsoe recounts stories of police violence against African Americans and why he think the issue still exists today.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Hoover Alexander & Entrepreneurship

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Hoover Alexander has a long history in the restaurant business. He talks about the historical necessity for African Americans to start their own businesses and why an unintended consequence of integration is less entrepreneurs.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Linda Conner on Gentrification

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Linda Conner has witnessed decades of change in east Austin. Now, gentrification is creating a rift in this once predominantly African-American community.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: A Tale of Two Cities

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

African Americans in Austin have historically formed communities east of I-35, originally by law. Today gentrification threatens to dissolve the close-knit relationships and communities built over time.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Larry Jackson on Activism

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

One of Larry Jackson’s first acts of protest was his draft to the Vietnam War. His early political involvement led to a life of change and activism in Austin.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed