UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era

A documentary series:

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era is an innovative multimedia project celebrating extraordinary feats of daring by unsung American heroines in the early years of feminism. Set to launch in 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the series will feature 31 animated documentary shorts for the 31 days of Women’s History Month.

Each 5- to 6-minute film will introduce an inspiring yet unsung woman who came into her own during the Progressive Era (1890s to 1920s), a time of social and technological upheaval when women tested the waters of newfound freedoms and fought for the right to vote. These trailblazers followed their passions, refused to accept the social boundaries of their time, and made a name for themselves in then-male-dominated professions such as science, business, aviation, journalism, and the arts. We bring these true and underreported stories back to life through original artwork and animation by Amélie Chabannes, rare historical archive, compelling interviews with accomplished women in these professions today, and voice-over by female celebrities.

Providing a rich and unexpected angle to the role of women in American history, UNLADYLIKE will provide shots of inspiration, and leave viewers of all ages confident in the power to make a difference. The series will launch digitally through an immersive website and social media campaign, in conjunction with both educational outreach and a civic engagement campaign that will ensure lasting impact far beyond the screen.

A Collaboration:

Charlotte Mangin has been a documentary filmmaker since 2000. While the bulk of her work has been focused on current affairs, she has also contributed to animated, archival and experimental documentaries, and is inspired to push the boundaries of non-fiction storytelling. Charlotte spent five years on the production staff of National Geographic Television & Film, reporting from the jungles of the Amazon to the Himalayan Mountains. From 2005 to 2010, she was a story producer for PBS’s award-winning international affairs series Wide Angle, overseeing the production of a dozen documentaries covering issues such as legal reform in China, race relations in Brazil, and human rights activism in Zimbabwe. Her hour-long Wide Angle program, Class of 2006, about women’s rights in Morocco, won an International Documentary Award. Charlotte directed, produced and edited her own independent documentary about Moroccan street children, Tangier Treehouse, which won an ITVS grant and aired on PBS in 2007. In 2012 and 2013, she produced a 4-part archival documentary series for Thirteen/WNET in celebration of the flagship public television station’s 50th anniversary. She is currently the series producer for America By the Numbers, a new PBS public affairs series about America’s changing demographics. A native French speaker, Charlotte was born in Paris, attended Amherst College, and earned a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. 

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, STILL. 2016

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, STILL. 2016

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, STILL. 2016

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, STILL. 2016

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, STILL. 2016

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, STILL. 2016

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, STILL. 2016

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, STILL. 2016

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, STILL. 2016

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, STILL. 2016

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, STILL. 2016

UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, STILL. 2016

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UNLADYLIKE: Trailblazers of the Progressive Era, Sketch snippet. 2016