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Seneca Falls on Channel 12 Captures Women’s History That is Woefully Absent from History Books

DENVER – (March 18, 2010) – Women’s history is absent from most history textbooks as America’s first women’s rights convention in 1948 barely rates a one-paragraph mention in textbooks.

Seneca Falls sets out to remedy this.

Seneca Falls, airing Wednesday, Mar. 30 at 9 p.m. on Channel 12 (with an additional airing at midnight and the following Wednesday, Apr. 7 at 7 p.m.), follows WOWER Power, a struggling multi-cultural teen theater troupe, as they travel from San Francisco to Seneca Falls, NY to perform their original play at the 150th anniversary celebration of this groundbreaking moment in American history.

The troupe joins tens of thousands making the pilgrimage to Seneca Falls from around the world. Exploring sites in Women’s Rights National Historical Park, they unearth the still-unfolding narrative of women’s history, meeting groundbreaking historians and prominent elected officials.

The film is directed by Louise Vance, who learned production as a public affairs specialist and program producer at what is now KCNC. She left Denver in 1980 to be one of the first 30 journalists hired to launch Cable News Network, went on to earn a DuPont Columbia award, among others, for Iran: Behind the Veil, a Peabody award for Portrait of America and awards for many other documentaries.

Seneca Falls uncovers life for women 150 years ago. Women in America, regardless of race, were considered property of their husbands or fathers. They could not keep wages, vote, hold public office, divorce an abusive husband, own or inherit property, sit on a jury, enter a profession, attend college or have customer of their own children. In some states, it was even legal to whip our wife.

A full schedule of air times for programs on KBDI’s three digital channels can be found at www.KBDI.org.

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A San Francisco troup performs in Seneca Falls, airing Wednesday, March 30 at 9 p.m. on Channel 12.

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A behind-the-scenes look at a teenage acting troupe is featured in the women's history documentary, Seneca Falls. The program will air March 30 at 9 p.m. and April 7 at 7 p.m. on Channel 12.

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