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Must-watch tonight: PBS’s Maria Hinojosa on Women and Power

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

September 19th, 2008

If you’ve seen substantive, provocative, challenging and insightful investigative broadcast journalism over the last couple of years, there’s a good chance you were watching veteran reporter Maria Hinojosa on PBS’s critically important news magazine, NOW.

In an hour-long special documentary edition of NOW tonight (Friday, September 19), Hinojosa takes on the issue of women’s political leadership, answering the question: “How have women in politics changed America and the world?

Women, Power and Politics” will air tonight in New York on PBS at at 8:30; check your local listings for air times near you. Watch it, tape it, DVR it… this topic couldn’t be more au courant in at this particular moment in U.S. history.

From PBS’s media release:

Given the hoopla surrounding Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton’s historical political ascendance, why does the U.S. rank so low among countries for percentage of women holding national office? On Friday, September 19 at 8:30 pm (check local listings), in a one-hour special, NOW’s Maria Hinojosa follows women leaders around the world and here in the United States for an intimate look at the high-stakes risks, triumphs, and setbacks for women leaders of today and tomorrow.

Among these women are President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, the first woman leader in Latin America who did not have a husband precede her as President, and former New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen, now in a tight race for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Hinojosa also travels to Rwanda, where, 14 years after a horrific massacre left nearly one million people dead, women make up nearly half of parliament. The September Election results are now showing that women in Rwanda are making history again gaining as much as 55% of the parliament… the first time this has happened in history.

The one hour documentary also focuses on the next generation of women leaders at a high school debate competition in Manhattan, where ambitious high school girls are competing in a high-stakes tournament as they come into their own power.

“Women, Power and Politics,” is also about the personal journey of mother and award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa as she strives to answer the question: “What does to mean to be a woman in power?”

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