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NYS Women in Office Highlighted on WPBS

“More to The Story” Shares the Stories of Three Women in Office 100 Years
After the 19th Amendment Was Passed

WPBS, in conjunction with the Watertown Daily Times, is pleased to announce the release of a powerful half hour documentary called “More to the Story: Women in Office.” The piece shares what three prominent women in office experienced during their expansive careers as far as adversity, struggle, and acceptance.

In this year of 2020, the United States recognizes the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote with the passing of the 19th amendment. Passed by Congress in August 1920, the measure ended nearly 100 years of inequality and protest for most women. Despite this massive shift, not all women were given the right to vote. African American and Native American women were often excluded. These injustices would not be corrected until 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

This “More to the Story” episode will premiere on WPBS on Sunday, May 24 at 6:30PM EST, and again on Friday, May 29 at 7:30pm EST. The episode will also be available on the WPBS Facebook page to view at those same times. The program will be available to watch anytime online at The accompanying in-depth news story will appear in the Watertown Daily Times on Sunday, May 24.

Featured in the episode are:

  • New York State Senator Betty Little of the 45th Senate District
  • Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen O’Neill
  • New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

Told with passion and pride and illustrated with historic and personal career and family photos, these elected officials discuss the history of Women’s Rights and how those advocating for those rights shaped who they are today. Their stories, role models, and drive will inspire viewers while reminding the North Country and Eastern Ontario of the hundreds of incredible women in office throughout our region.

The premiere of “More to the Story: Women in Office” inaugurates a month-long presentation of special programming under the “Trailblazers” banner. Throughout the summer, WPBS-TV will continue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The initiative honors those who fought for women’s suffrage in the U.S., the feminist movement throughout the 20th century, and the modern women who continue to shatter the glass ceiling and transform modern history. Programs begin in June and include:

  • Mae West: American Experience – Tuesday, June 16th, 9 p.m.
  • Prehistoric Road Trip – hosted by historian/adventurer Emily Graslie – Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. beginning June 16th
  • Ann – a no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, legendary governor of Texas – Friday, June 19th, 9:00 p.m.
  • Loreena McKennitt: A Moveable Feast & No Journey’s End – Saturday, June 20th, 9:00 and 9:30 p.m.
  • Toni Morrison: American Masters – Tuesday, June 23rd, 8:00 p.m.
  • Great Performances: GloriaA Life – Friday, June 26th, 9:00 p.m.
  • POV: And She Could Be Next – Monday, June 29th and Tuesday, June 30th – 9:00 p.m

About WPBS
WPBS is a PBS station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario via cable, satellite, Internet and over-the-air distribution. WPBS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, entertain and inform its audience through superior local and national content and media engagement, in order to enhance the lives of those it serves. More information about WPBS, including a full channel listing, is available at, or by following WPBS on Twitter and Facebook. 

Joleene DesRosiers
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