"Half the People"

At home and at work, women fight for equal rights

Program premiere: Thursday, June 17, 1999 at 10pm on PBS (check local listings)

"Half the People" is one of thirteen new programs due to debut this summer as part of PEOPLE'S CENTURY, PBS's award-winning history of the century. Beginning Monday, June 14, 1999, explore the extraordinary events of these 100 years through the eyes of the men and women who made and lived it­whether on the front lines of war or the battle against racism, the fight for freedom or the struggle for equality.

In "Half the People," those who were there remember:

  1. Gender discrimination
  2. Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (1963)
  3. Civil Rights
  4. Equality
  5. The Pill
  6. The National Organization for Women
  7. Equal Rights Amendment (1972)
  8. Roe vs.Wade
  9. Women and Islam
  10. UN Women's Conference in Beijing (1995).

Alfre Woodard narrates the series.

"It was a feeling of power, that if there's a sisterhood --­ that we all want to change society --­ we can do it." Jacqui Michot Ceballos, NOW Activist (1967-1975), United States.

Please visit our web site for additional program information. PBS Extended interview transcripts are available June 4.