As a public media campaign, Women and Girls Lead invites individual citizens, communities, and partner organizations to engage and connect. These resources support discussions, screening events, trainings, classroom activities, and more. All resources are free and intended for use in family, community, and educational contexts.
Community Cinema Screenings
Broadcasts are planned throughout the campaign on strands such as Independent Lens, POV, American Masters, Global Voices, and Frontline. Visit our Films page for a complete list of upcoming broadcasts, as well as links to photos, press kits, and engagement resources. For select programs, enhanced tools will be added below in advance of broadcast.
Materials for Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
Rebroadcasting August 18, 2013 on Global Voices
Kind Hearted Woman
Premiered April 1, 2013 as a co-presentation of Independent Lens and FRONTLINE
- Press Release (PDF, 194K)
- Shareable Image for Broadcast Email (JPG, 27K)
- Engagement Screener Request Form
- Discussion Guide (PDF, 3.5M)
- Op-Ed Template on Sexual Violence (DOC, 27K)
- Event Flyer Template (DOC, 689K)
Violence Prevention Fact Sheets, Resources and Manuals:
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Materials
Premiered October 1 and 2 on Independent Lens
- Overview (link)
- Speaker Request (DOC, 27K)
- Guide to Engagement and Education resources for film (link)
Film Discussion Guides
Film discussion guides are available for select Women and Girls Lead films. They can be used in classroom, workshop, or screening event settings.
- Bhutto (PDF, 2.4M)
- Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock (PDF, 4.7M)
- Half the Sky Movement: Economic Empowerment (PDF, 8.6M)
- Half the Sky Movement: Education (PDF, 68M)
- Half the Sky Movement: Gender-Based Violence (PDF, 6M)
- Half the Sky Movement: Maternal Mortality (PDF, 6.7M)
- Half the Sky Movement: Sex Trafficking and Intergenerational Prostitution (PDF, 7M)
- Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (PDF, 578K)
- Iron Ladies of Liberia (PDF, 696K)
- Kind Hearted Woman (PDF, 3.5M)
- Lioness (PDF, 2.5M)
- Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story (PDF, 1.7M)
- Peace Unveiled (from Women, War & Peace) (PDF, 2.5M)
- Pray the Devil Back to Hell (from Women, War & Peace) (PDF, 3.6M)
- Pushing the Elephant (PDF, 3.4M)
- The Revolutionary Optimists (PDF, 3.7M)
- Shadya (PDF, 188K)
- Shayfeen.com: We're Watching You (PDF, 360K)
- Solar Mamas (PDF, 4.7M)
- Strong! (PDF, 1.2M)
- Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (PDF, 788K)
- Troop 1500 (PDF, 3.2M)
- We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân (PDF, 4.9M)
- Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (PDF, 3M)
ITVS Community Classroom offers free resources for educators, NGOs, and youth organizations. Download the Community Classroom Overview (PDF, 868K).
To view a selection of available modules and lesson plans on global women’s issues, please explore our Educators section through the lens of Women’s Studies.
Curriculum for Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
This collection is inspired by the PBS documentary series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Five lesson plans align with six short film modules that focus on gender-based violence in Sierra Leone, education in Vietnam, women's economic empowerment in Kenya, maternal mortality in Somaliland, and sex trafficking and intergenerational prostitution in Cambodia and India.
Women and Girls Lead, Volume 1: Global Leaders
This curricula collection features film modules from three award-winning documentaries from the PBS series Independent Lens: Pushing the Elephant, Bhutto and Waste Land. These films bring to life personal stories ranging from gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to Benazir Bhutto’s remarkable rise as the leader of Pakistan, to the transformative power of art for Brazilian women living in the world’s largest landfill.
Women and Girls Lead, Volume 2: African American Women Lead
Developed in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute, this collection features three films about extraordinary African American women leaders: Daisy Bates from Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock, Ameena Matthews from The Interrupters, and Angela Davis from The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975.
Women and Girls Lead, Volume 3: Women, Girls, and the Criminal Justice System
This unique resource features content from three award-winning documentaries about the impact of mass incarceration on the lives of women and girls in the United States: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, Girls on the Wall, and Troop 1500.
Women’s Empowerment Classroom Collection
Examine key social and political issues impacting women through curriculum from the four acclaimed documentaries: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, Waiting for the Revolution, Shayfeen.com: We’re Watching You, and Shadya. Watch stories ranging from an indigenous Bolivian leader fighting for labor rights, to a young Israeli-Arab karate champion with feminist ideas; from three Egyptian women working for fair elections to a Kenyan woman leading a nationwide environmental movement.
The inspiring stories of three recent female Nobel Laureates are part of the Women and Girls Lead campaign. In addition to three films about their groundbreaking peace work, ITVS has produced a number of resources for educators that feature President Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and 2004 Novel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai. Our resources include lesson plans, discussion guides, and film modules.