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Timed with the 2020 women’s suffrage centennial, The Changemakers explores the biographies of women whose courage and tenacity 100 years ago shaped the political life and future of this nation. This hour-long PBS American Masters documentary film presents five little-known women trailblazers: Martha Hughes Cannon, the country’s first female state senator; Jovita Idar, a journalist, and president of one of the first Mexican American women’s civil rights organizations; Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress; Mary Church Terrell, a leader in the anti-lynching movement and a co-founder of the NAACP; and Zitkála-Šá, aka Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, who lobbied for U.S. citizenship, voting rights and sovereignty for American Indians. Their accomplishments in government, suffrage and civil rights are brought back to life through rare archival imagery, captivating original artwork and animation, and interviews with historians and women thought-leaders of today.