(Above: Host Illeana Douglas and director Connie Field)

TCM's Trailblazing Women, a multi-year partnership with Women In Film created to raise awareness about the historical contributions of women working in film, kicks off October 1 and airs every Tuesday and Thursday throughout October. The inaugural programming slate focuses on female directors and will showcase a variety of filmmakers from the early days of cinema through modern times, including Cari Beauchamp, Julie Dash and others.

"The Trailblazing Women initiative allows us to take a deeper look at the role of women in our industry, shine a light on this timely and important topic and provide insight and resources to inspire more women filmmakers," said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM, in the announcement. "We’re thrilled to be able to bring our audience this extensive programming event and provide tremendous insight about the contributions of female filmmakers."

"Trailblazing Women will showcase a variety of women and their work behind the camera, and run the gamut of film history from its beginnings through to the modern day," added Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. "We are excited to be able to bring audiences this comprehensive programming initiative that will highlight the impact of female filmmakers throughout history and encourage future female filmmakers."

For more information about Trailblazing Women visit tcm.com/trailblazingwomen.