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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 12:27 pm

CHARLESTON — A native West Virginia woman who was one of the first female coal miners in the United States will be featured in the PBS documentary Makers: Women Who Make America on Tuesday from 8-11 p.m. on West Virginia PBS.

Barbara Burns joins a long list of women who have helped shape America over the last 50 years in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. Among the other women interviewed in the program will be Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Ellen DeGeneres, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric and Marlo Thomas.

In addition to being one of the first underground female coal miners, Burns is also distinguished for having the courage to pursue a decades-long sexual harassment case that lasted from 1986 to 2000. Her determination and ultimate success encouraged other women in similar circumstances to move forward with their own cases.