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BBC Presents Landmark 4-Part Series on the History of Women, From Civilization’s Dawn to the Present Day

BBC Presents Landmark 4-Part Series on the History of Women, From Civilization's Dawn to the Present Day

BBC Two has announced what the network calls a landmark four-part series on the history of women, from the dawn of civilization to the present day.

Titled “The Ascent of Woman,” the ambitious series will set out to “redress a significant imbalance in global history, exploring the extraordinary and often overlooked role women have played in the forging of the modern world,” confronting the difficult questions: How did power become a male right? Why is the female body a living battleground? Who decided that women are inferior? And more…

In addition to asking the hard questions, “Ascent of Woman” is also “a celebration of women” as the series will travel the globe to uncover and interrogate key stories of women that have changed human history.

The series will be hosted by biographer and historian Dr. Amanda Foreman, who considers the status of women as a barometer of a society’s tolerance, fairness and openness, and argues that for the next economic cycle to be the age of full participation, there has to be a woman-led revolution that unleashes the potential of all individuals. 

At stake are the goals of autonomy, authority and agency for all women, she adds.

I certainly hope that it’s a comprehensive history of women, and spans the globe – including the lives and contributions of those from typically under-represented, relatively ignored groups.

The new four-part series, a Silver River production, executive produced by Emma Hindley, and commissioned for BBC Two, starts September 2nd, on BBC Two at 9pm.

No word on whether it’ll travel and become available for viewers outside the UK. But when I know, so will you.

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