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Throughout March, BBC Select is celebrating Women’s History Month with a collection of thought-provoking documentaries focusing on female achievements.

Stream programs celebrating the pioneering Suffragette movement, the fight for recognition of female artists and the unstoppable rise of women in politics with the Women’s History Collection.

Celebrate iconic female achievements with The Women’s History Collection. Join Angela Merkel, Ada Lovelace, Princess Diana plus many more icons in this collection of fascinating documentaries.

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EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN

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Positioning herself at the forefront of Chinese politics, first lady Madame Chiang Kai-Shek played a pivotal role in establishing her country’s position on the world stage.

Educated in America, she was vital in attracting support from foreign powers during the Sino-Japanese War and World War II. But a scandalous affair nearly ended her career and threatened to destroy her reputation.

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RECLAIMING AMY

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Amy Winehouse’s death at the age of just 27 shocked the world. Now her closest family and friends reveal the truth about this unforgettable music icon.

With access to never-before-seen family archives and rare musical performances, this raw and moving documentary on BBC Select offers a new interpretation of her life, her loves and her legacy. Why did it all go so tragically wrong for Amy?

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HER STORY: THE FEMALE REVOLUTION

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Picture a CEO. A bishop. An army general. Who do you see? For many people it’s a man – but this is changing thanks to the women who are fearlessly entering male-dominated worlds and being the change they want to see.

From actor and activist Geena Davis to head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, to Kurdish fighters, meet the women who are taking charge in a “man’s world”.

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REBEL WOMEN: THE GREAT ART FIGHTBACK

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During the tumult of the 1960s, women around the world rose up and battled for liberation. Fueled by the fervor of the period, a feminist led art movement exploded into being. On both sides of the Atlantic, they tore up art history and focused on experimental new mediums and provocative political statements.

This cultural revolution tried to shake up the art hierarchy with shock and awe.

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SUFFRAGETTES

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Some women in Britain were given the right to vote in 1918. But the battle to reach that point was violent and vicious, as ordinary working-class people grew more radicalized in order to achieve their ends.

In this vivid drama-documentary, acclaimed historian Lucy Worsley re-creates pivotal moments in the struggle that resorted to arson and assault to ensure their voices were heard.

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DIANA’S DECADES

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Princess Diana, the thoroughly modern princess who both captured and transformed the spirt of the times she lived in.

This Diana documentary is the story of how, over three decades, she changed not just the monarchy but the press and the very nature of celebrity as she went from shy fairytale bride to global icon.

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100 VAGINAS

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They proliferate in porn, so why are vulvas still a mystery? What does it feel like to have one? What do they look like outside of porn’s plastic perfection?

Laura Dodsworth’s project to photograph 100 vaginas (or vulvas to be exact) prompts women from 19 to 77 to bear their souls as they bare their bits, revealing stories that range from funny to traumatic, questioning how bodies become taboo.

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THE MAKING OF MERKEL

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How did a politician criticized for lacking charisma become the most important politician in Europe – and the most powerful woman in the world?

Andrew Marr delves into the childhood of Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, to discover what shaped a political vision marked by caution and compromise – and a steadfast commitment to the European Union.

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THE WOMEN OF WORLD WAR ONE

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The sacrifice of soldiers killed during the bloody battles of the Great War has rightly been commemorated. But the role of women, especially those at home keeping Britain going, has rarely been examined.

War reporter Kate Adie looks at the impact of women’s work on the Home Front during World War 1 and whether the changes in their lives were long-lasting or only for the conflict’s duration.

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THE STORY OF WOMEN AND ART

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These are names of Renaissance art we should know. There’s an obvious reason why we don’t.

Sculptor Properzia de Rossi who created a work so perfect, her male detractors destroyed her, the first female court painter Sofonisba Anguissola, forced to masquerade as a lady in waiting and paper cutter Joanna Koerten who sold more than Rembrandt. Times have changed, so why is their work still in storage?

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THE SIX QUEENS OF HENRY VIII

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King Henry VIII’s reign was defined by his marriages. Coercion, manipulation and ultimately murder were all employed, as this absorbing BBC Select history documentary reveals.

Wives were selected and discarded for political and religious reasons and in a desperate attempt to sire an heir. Dan Jones and Suzannah Lipscomb ask what these turbulent relationships tell us about England’s legendary king.

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DIVINE WOMEN

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Award winning historian Bettany Hughes explores the complex attitudes towards women and religion, from 10,000 BC to the present day, in this enthralling BBC Select history documentary.

The status of females and faith continues to be a contentious subject. But it wasn’t always this way. In the past, women were often powerful players in the act of worship, from the very birth of organized religion.

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IN SEARCH OF FRIDA KAHLO

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When musician Emeli Sandé sought inspiration for her first album, she had a tattoo of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo inked on her arm.

Now, she travels to vibrant Mexico City to uncover the tumultuous life of this global feminist icon and meet the people who knew her. How did Kahlo overcame illness, betrayal and a terrible car-crash to establish herself as one of the most iconic artists of all time?

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CALCULATING ADA

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Ada Lovelace was a most unlikely computer pioneer. Born in the early 19th century, this daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron was a scandalous socialite who became known as the ‘enchantress of numbers’.

Dr Hannah Fry tells the enthralling tale of a life infused with brilliance, but blighted by illness and gambling addiction. How did this aristocratic countess become a prophet of the digital age?

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THE BRILLIANT BRONTE SISTERS

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Ada Lovelace was a most unlikely computer pioneer. Born in the early 19th century, this daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron was a scandalous socialite who became known as the ‘enchantress of numbers’.

Dr Hannah Fry tells the enthralling tale of a life infused with brilliance, but blighted by illness and gambling addiction. How did this aristocratic countess become a prophet of the digital age?

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MY YEARS WITH THE QUEEN

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BBC Select dons its tiara as, in this one-off documentary, Lady Pamela Hicks talks for the first time about her incredible life growing up within The Royal Family and her very special relationship with The Queen. As the great great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and cousin to Prince Philip and Her Majesty herself, she’s uniquely placed to reveal regal secrets and unique royal memories.

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