WEEK IN WOMEN: Anna May Wong Spotlighted in PBS Documentary – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Trailblazing Asian American movie star Anna May Wong is being spotlighted in PBS’ “American Masters — Unladylike2020,” a multimedia series consisting of a one-hour special for broadcast and 26 digital short films featuring courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century.

Narrated by Julianna Margulies (“ER,” “The Good Wife”) and Lorraine Toussaint (“Selma,” “Orange Is the New Black”), the series of eight- to 10-minute animated shorts are being released digitally weekly on Wednesdays from March 4, the start of Women’s History Month, to Aug, 26, which is Women’s Equality Day.

The purpose of the series is to illuminate the stories of extraordinary American heroines from the early years of feminism. The showcased women achieved many firsts, including earning an international pilot’s license, becoming a bank president, founding a hospital, fighting for the desegregation of public spaces, exploring the Arctic and singing opera at Carnegie Hall. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.