The Making of Unladylike2020
Director Charlotte Mangin discusses what went into making Unladylike2020.
- My name is Charlotte Mangin,
and I'm the creator and director of "Unladylike 2020,"
which is a series of 26 documentary shorts
being created for "American Masters" on PBS.
When I realized that 2020
was the centennial of women's suffrage,
I knew that that was the perfect year
to bring these stories back to life.
People would be interested in the centennial,
taking stock of how far we've come,
but also what remains to be done.
I wanted it to be this treasure trove of stories
about women from the turn of the 20th century
who were often the first in their professional fields.
I brought on board the team, this very talented artist
who has created this gorgeous artwork and animation
to both bring color and life to the black and white archive
and also create animations that can tell scenes
from our women's stories
for which we have no archival imagery.
We want viewers to discover new role models,
new stories, new forms of inspiration,
and examples of women who stood up
for what they believed in.
And a number of the struggles
that they led a hundred plus years ago still resonate today.