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Womanica
Womanica
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Thinking back to our history classes growing up, we had one question: Where the ladies at? Enter, Womanica. In just 5 minutes... more

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Revolutionaries: Vicki Garvin

Vicki Garvin (1915-2007) was a political activist, Pan-Africanist, workers rights organizer, and civil rights leader first in Harlem and later... more

20 Feb 2024 · 7 minutes
Revolutionaries: Bibi Titi Mohamed

Bibi Titi Mohamed (1926-2000) was an activist and ngoma artist who fought against colonial rule in Tanzania, helping form the... more

19 Feb 2024 · 6 minutes
Revolutionaries: Emma Mashinini

Emma Mashinini (1929-2017) risked her life and reputation to fight for Black worker’s rights under apartheid in South Africa. She... more

16 Feb 2024 · 7 minutes
Revolutionaries: Aguil Chut-Deng

Aguil Chut-Deng (c.1964-2022) was a freedom fighter during Sudan’s second civil war. After immigrating to Australia, she dedicated herself to... more

15 Feb 2024 · 7 minutes
Revolutionaries: Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur (1947-present) was a member of the Black Liberation Army who was imprisoned and convicted of murdering a police... more

14 Feb 2024 · 8 minutes
Revolutionaries: Madame Nwanyeruwa

Madame Nwanyeruwa (c. 1920s) organized the Aba Women’s War, a revolt staged by Nigerian women against colonial taxation. Her actions... more

13 Feb 2024 · 7 minutes
Revolutionaries: Muthoni Kirima

Muthoni Kirima (1930-2023) was a top ranking female fighter in the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonialism in Kenya. She... more

12 Feb 2024 · 4 minutes
Revolutionaries: Denise Oliver-Velez

Denise Oliver-Velez (1947-present) is a community organizer, professor, and writer whose work with the Young Lords and Black Panthers in... more

09 Feb 2024 · 6 minutes
Revolutionaries: Mae Mallory

Mae Mallory (1927-2007) was one of the many Black women whose activism during the Civil Rights Era went largely unsung.... more

08 Feb 2024 · 6 minutes
Revolutionaries: Carlota Lucumi

Carlota Lucumí (unknown - 1843) led a violent uprising against plantation owners in Cuba. She was kidnapped from Yorubaland and... more

07 Feb 2024 · 5 minutes
Revolutionaries: Catherine Flon

Catherine Flon (c. 18th century) was a prominent figure in Haitian history, known for her role in the creation of... more

06 Feb 2024 · 5 minutes
Revolutionaries: Elma Francois

Elma Francois (1897-1944) was an Africentric Socialist political activist who is an official "national heroine of Trinidad and Tobago.” A... more

05 Feb 2024 · 6 minutes
Revolutionaries: Altheia Jones-Lecointe

Altheia Jones-Lecointe (1945 - present) is a Trinidadian physician and research assistant known for her role as a leader of... more

02 Feb 2024 · 7 minutes
Revolutionaries: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1946-2018) was an activist and social worker who led a key role in the fight against apartheid in... more

01 Feb 2024 · 7 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Angélica Gorodischer

Angélica Gorodischer (1928-2022) was an Argentine writer whose short stories ranged in genre from science fiction to fantasy and crime.... more

31 Jan 2024 · 4 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Alice Bradley Sheldon

Alice Bradley Sheldon (1915-1987) was an American science fiction and fantasy author better known by her pen name, James Tiptree... more

30 Jan 2024 · 5 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Shirley Walker

Shirley Walker (1945-2006) was an American film and television composer and conductor. She is best known for her work on... more

29 Jan 2024 · 6 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Begum Rokeya

Begum Rokeya (c. 1880-1932) spent her life fighting for women’s rights in India and Bangladesh. She opened the first school... more

26 Jan 2024 · 4 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Margaret Brundage

Margaret Brundage (1900-1976) was an illustrator and painter who drew covers for the sci-fi pulp magazine Weird Tales in the... more

25 Jan 2024 · 4 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Judith Merril

Judith Merril (1923-1997) was a pioneering political activist, sci-fi writer and editor, whose dark and dystopian stories were told through... more

24 Jan 2024 · 7 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Thea Von Harbou

Thea von Harbou (1888 - 1954) was a German screenwriter, novelist, director and actress. She worked as a screenwriter with... more

23 Jan 2024 · 4 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Jane Wells Webb Loudon

Jane Wells Webb Loudon (c.1800-1858) was an English author and early pioneer of science fiction. Her novel, The Mummy! is... more

22 Jan 2024 · 4 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Pauline Hopkins

Pauline Hopkins (1859-1930) was a pioneering writer who published articles and serialized novels across genres. She’s known as the author... more

19 Jan 2024 · 5 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) was an American actress and writer who played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. She... more

18 Jan 2024 · 5 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Gertrude Barrows Bennett

Gertrude Barrows Bennett (1883-1948) was a writer of dark fantasy whose work influenced A. Merritt and H.P. Lovecraft in her... more

17 Jan 2024 · 5 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Bebe Barron

Bebe Barron (1925-2008) and her husband Louis’ pioneering work in electronic music helped lay the foundation for the sound of... more

16 Jan 2024 · 6 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Leigh Brackett

Leigh Brackett (1915-1978) was an American science fiction writer and screenwriter known for her space opera stories. She wrote the... more

15 Jan 2024 · 5 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins (1938-present) is an influential American cartoonist, writer, and feminist known for her contributions to the world of underground... more

12 Jan 2024 · 7 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860 - 1935) was an American writer, author, and lecturer who wrote the famous short story “The... more

11 Jan 2024 · 6 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Verity Lambert

Verity Lambert (1935-2007) was a British television and film producer who helped establish the iconic BBC show Doctor Who. Throughout... more

10 Jan 2024 · 4 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: C.L. Moore

C.L. Moore (1911-1987) was an American author in science fiction, mystery, and novelettes. Her work appeared in Weird Tales and... more

09 Jan 2024 · 5 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Wendy Froud

Wendy Froud (1954-present) is an artist revered for her sculptures of dolls and puppets. Wendy worked on many of Jim... more

08 Jan 2024 · 5 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Clare Winger Harris

Clare Winger Harris (1891-1968)  was an early science fiction writer whose short stories were published during the 1920s in pulp... more

05 Jan 2024 · 4 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: D.C. Fontana

D.C. Fontana (1939-2019) was the first female writer to work on Star Trek: The Original Series. Her commitment to character-driven... more

04 Jan 2024 · 6 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Madeleine L’Engle

Madeleine L’Engle (1918 - 2007) was an American writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young adult fiction. Her novel A... more

03 Jan 2024 · 6 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols (c. 1932-2022) is an American actress, singer, and dancer, best known for her iconic role as Lieutenant Uhura... more

02 Jan 2024 · 6 minutes
Women of Science Fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929 - 2018) was an American author who wrote works of speculative fiction, science fiction, and... more

01 Jan 2024 · 7 minutes
Unreleased Bonus Episode: Fannie Farmer

Fannie Farmer (1857-1915) was an American culinary expert whose “Boston Cooking-School Cook Book” became a best-seller. Fannie helped home cooks,... more

31 Dec 2023 · 5 minutes
Unreleased Bonus Episode: Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) was an English writer and archaeologist who spent much of her life exploring and mapping the Middle... more

31 Dec 2023 · 5 minutes
Unreleased Bonus Episode: Isabelle Kelley

Isabelle Kelley (1917-1997) was an American social worker. She was the principal author of the Food Stamp Act of 1964... more

31 Dec 2023 · 5 minutes
Comediennes: Ethel Hays

Ethel Hays (1892-1989) was one of the most successful women cartoonists of the 1920s. Her cartoons were featured in newspapers... more

30 Dec 2023 · 5 minutes
Comediennes: Robin Tyler

Robin Tyler (1942-present) was the first queer comic to come out on U.S. national television. She was a radical whose... more

29 Dec 2023 · 4 minutes
Comediennes: Gracie Allen

Gracie Allien (c.1906-1964) was the ditzy housewife of the husband-wife comedy duo George Burns & Gracie Allen. Coming up from... more

28 Dec 2023 · 4 minutes
Comediennes: Florence Mills

Florence Mills (1896–1927) was a groundbreaking African-American jazz singer and dancer during the Harlem Renaissance. She started out in Vaudeville,... more

27 Dec 2023 · 6 minutes
Comediennes: Elaine May

Elaine May (1932-present) is a comedienne, actor, writer, and director who  rose to fame as one half of a highly... more

26 Dec 2023 · 6 minutes
Comediennes: Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers (1933-2014) was a comedy legend with a career spanning over five decades. She broke new ground as a... more

25 Dec 2023 · 6 minutes
Comediennes: Jane Foole

Jane Foole, or Jane the Fool, (fl. 1535-1558) was a fool at the English Royal court during the Tudor era... more

23 Dec 2023 · 4 minutes
Comediennes: Betty White

Betty White (1922-2021) led a television career that lasted more than seven decades. She began as a host on talk... more

22 Dec 2023 · 6 minutes
Comediennes: Carol Channing

Carol Channing (1921-2019) was a Broadway leading lady known for her eccentric public persona, sharp comedic timing, and unique gravelly... more

21 Dec 2023 · 6 minutes
Comediennes: Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz (1950-present) is an American author, humorist, and public speaker. She rose to fame in the 1970s for her... more

20 Dec 2023 · 7 minutes
Comediennes: Kitty Clive

Kitty Clive (1711-1785) was a well known English actress and singer at the famed Drury Lane Theater in London. Her... more

19 Dec 2023 · 4 minutes
Comediennes: LaWanda Page

LaWanda Page (1920-2002) was an American actress, comedian, and dancer whose career spanned over 60 years. She was best known... more

18 Dec 2023 · 4 minutes
Comediennes: Mabel Normand

Mabel Normand (1882-1930) was an iconic actress and director of Hollywood’s silent film era. She popularized the pie in the... more

16 Dec 2023 · 5 minutes
Comediennes: Lulu Adams

Lulu Adams (1900- c.1989)  was an early female clown who appeared in some of the most renowned British circuses of... more

15 Dec 2023 · 5 minutes
Comediennes: Lydia Shum

Lydia Shum (c. 1945-2008) was a Hong Kong comedian whose recognizable image became a staple on TV screens across Asia.... more

14 Dec 2023 · 3 minutes
Comediennes: Maria Elena Velasco

Maria Elena Velasco (1940-2015) was a Mexican film and television actress who developed the popular character La India Marí, a... more

13 Dec 2023 · 4 minutes
Comediennes: Marietta Holley

Marietta Holley (1836-1926) was a popular American humorist. Over her 40-year literary career, she used comedic language to advocate  for... more

12 Dec 2023 · 5 minutes
Comediennes: Minne Pearl

Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (1912-1996) was better known by her alter ego, Minnie Pearl — a radio, television, and stage... more

11 Dec 2023 · 6 minutes
Comediennes: Nini Marshall

Niní Marshall (1903-1996) had many talents but is most known as a writer, humorist, and actress from Argentina. She challenged... more

09 Dec 2023 · 5 minutes
Comediennes: Mitzi Shore

Mitzi Shore (1930-2018) is known for opening the Comedy Store, a famous workshop and performance space for up and coming... more

08 Dec 2023 · 3 minutes
Comediennes: Peg Lynch

Peg Lynch (1916-2015) was an American writer, actress and producer who wrote over 10,000 scripts for television and radio, and... more

07 Dec 2023 · 5 minutes
Comediennes: Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller (1917-2012) was a pioneering female comic in the U.S. Her invented onstage persona – a hapless housewife with... more

06 Dec 2023 · 6 minutes
Comediennes: Shari Lewis

Shari Lewis (1933-1998) is best known for her cheeky sock puppet friend Lamb Chop. Shari, Lamb Chop and their other... more

05 Dec 2023 · 7 minutes
Comediennes: Vesta Tilley

Vesta Tilley (1864-1952) was a famous male impersonator in music halls throughout England and the U.S. Her act was so... more

04 Dec 2023 · 7 minutes
Comediennes: Tun Tun

Tun Tun (1923-2003) was "Hindi cinema's first-ever comedienne." She got her start  as a hit playback singer before transitioning to... more

02 Dec 2023 · 4 minutes
Comediennes: The Whitman Sisters

Mabel, Bessie, Alberta, and Alice Whitman were a vaudeville performance group known collectively as the Whitman Sisters. From 1900 to... more

01 Dec 2023 · 6 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Sorghaghtani Beki

Sorghaghtani Beki (c. 1190-1252) was one of the most powerful people in the Mongol Empire. Daughter-in-law to Genghis Khan, she... more

30 Nov 2023 · 5 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Mary Prince

Mary Prince (c. 1788 - c. 1833) was the first Black woman to publish an autobiography about her experiences being... more

29 Nov 2023 · 6 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Lillian Moller Gilbreth

Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878-1972) left a lasting impact on what we think of today as work-life balance. Her life was... more

28 Nov 2023 · 6 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Harriet Martineau

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) was a journalist and writer. She is often considered the first female sociologist known for popularizing political... more

27 Nov 2023 · 6 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Anna Komnene

Anna Komnene (1083-1153) has mostly been remembered in history for the failed coup to take control of the Byzantine Empire... more

24 Nov 2023 · 5 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Marianne North

Marianne North (1830-1890) was an English Victorian botanical artist. At a time when Victorian women were encouraged to stay home,... more

23 Nov 2023 · 5 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Soraya Tarzi

Soraya Tarzi (1899-1968) advocated for education for all and for women’s empowerment during her time as Queen of Afghanistan. She... more

22 Nov 2023 · 6 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Fanny Mendelssohn

Fanny Mendelssohn Hansel (1805-1847) was a German composer and pianist. She wrote hundreds of works, but for generations it has... more

21 Nov 2023 · 4 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Cleoma Falcon

Cleoma Falcon (1906-1941) was a Cajun musician from French-speaking Louisiana. A groundbreaking artist – and one of the few women... more

20 Nov 2023 · 4 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Fannie Barrier Williams

Frances “Fannie” Barrier Williams (1855-1944) was a progressive activist who was part of the first wave of feminism in America.... more

17 Nov 2023 · 4 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Vera Rubin

Vera Rubin (1928-2016) was an American astronomer whose groundbreaking findings provided evidence for the existence of dark matter. Though her... more

16 Nov 2023 · 7 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Mary Astell

Mary Astell (1666-1731) is recognized today as a pioneering writer in English feminist history. She advocated that women have the... more

15 Nov 2023 · 5 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Rani Durgawati

Rani Durgawati (1524-1564) was the Queen of Gondwana. After her husband died and left a toddler son as heir, Durgawati... more

14 Nov 2023 · 6 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Empress Matilda

Empress Matilda (c. 1102-1167) attempted to expand the idea of who was fit to run a country in 12th century... more

13 Nov 2023 · 5 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Adrienne Fidelin

Adrienne Fidelin (1915-2004) was a Guadaloupean dancer, actress, and intellectual at the center of avant garde activities in France during... more

10 Nov 2023 · 4 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Voltairine

Voltairine de Cleyre (1866-1912) was an American anarchist, writer, poet, and lecturer. Her radical and compelling works critiqued the deeply... more

09 Nov 2023 · 4 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Flora Tristan

Flora Tristan (1803-1844) was a French-Peruvian socialist writer and activist. She made important contributions to early feminist theory, and argued... more

08 Nov 2023 · 4 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Rose Morgan

Rose Morgan (c. 1912-2008) was a beauty pioneer and the founder of the Rose Meta House of Beauty, the premier... more

07 Nov 2023 · 5 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Catherine of Siena

Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) commanded a devoted group of followers during the Middle Ages. She was said to have received... more

06 Nov 2023 · 6 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Nur Jahan

Nur Jahan (1577-1645) was the Empress of Mughal India. Although her husband Jahangir was technically emperor, Nur Jahan is widely... more

03 Nov 2023 · 6 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: María Orosa

María Ylagan Orosa (1893-1945) was a Filipino food technologist and war heroine. She used food preparation and preservation techniques to... more

02 Nov 2023 · 7 minutes
Women Behind the Curtain: Mary Anning

Mary Anning (1799 - 1847) was a pioneering paleontologist. She is responsible for several important fossil finds along the southwestern... more

01 Nov 2023 · 6 minutes
Goddesses: Inanna

Inanna (or Ishtar) is the Mesopotamian deity of sexuality and war. Many elements of this goddess were also incorporated into... more

31 Oct 2023 · 4 minutes
Goddesses: Amaterasu

Amaterasu is the sun goddess, the queen of the kami, and the center of Shinto and Japanese spiritual life. As... more

30 Oct 2023 · 6 minutes
Goddesses: Hine-nui-te-pō

Hine-nui-te-pō is the goddess of night and death in the Māori religious tradition. She stands fearsome and gigantic against the... more

27 Oct 2023 · 4 minutes
Goddesses: Isis

Isis was one of the most important gods of ancient Egypt. A magician and healer, she used her powerful spells... more

26 Oct 2023 · 5 minutes
Goddesses: Huitaca

Huitaca is the Muisca/Chibcha goddess of the moon. A rival to the morally upright legendary hero Bochica, she represents the... more

25 Oct 2023 · 3 minutes
Goddesses: Pele

Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fires. Mischievous, hot-tempered, and widely revered, she is said to be the... more

24 Oct 2023 · 4 minutes
Goddesses: Mazu

Mazu is a powerful Chinese goddess known for her protection of fishermen, sailors, and other sea faring travelers. Although she... more

23 Oct 2023 · 4 minutes
Goddesses: Mami Wata

Mami Wata is an aquatic goddess who reigns over the Atlantic Ocean. Because of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, she’s celebrated... more

20 Oct 2023 · 3 minutes
Goddesses: Freyja

Freyja is a Norse goddess of love, beauty, gold and fertility. She is the highest regarded goddess in the male-dominated... more

19 Oct 2023 · 3 minutes
Goddesses: Chalchiuhtlicue

Chalchiuhtlicue is the Nahua or Aztec goddess of fresh water. She is known as a kind goddess for her element’s... more

18 Oct 2023 · 4 minutes
Goddesses: Benzaiten

Benzaiten is a Japanese goddess who brings good things to those who pray to her — love, good fortune, and... more

17 Oct 2023 · 4 minutes
Goddesses: Artemis

Artemis (known as Diana in Roman mythology) was the goddess of the hunt, nature and childbirth. The daughter of Zeus,... more

16 Oct 2023 · 5 minutes
Goddesses: Kali

Kali is the Hindu goddess of death, time, and doomsday. Although she is a symbol of extreme violence, she is... more

13 Oct 2023 · 3 minutes
Goddesses: Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is a witch and one of the most famous figures from Slavic folklore. She is known for living... more

12 Oct 2023 · 6 minutes
Goddesses: Oya

Oya is an orisha that holds a special place in the lore of Yoruba mythology. As the goddess of wind,... more

11 Oct 2023 · 3 minutes
Goddesses: White Buffalo Calf Woman

White Buffalo Calf Woman is a Spirit-woman who appeared to the Lakota Sioux people and presented them with the Sacred... more

10 Oct 2023 · 4 minutes
Goddesses: Lilith

Lilith is a demonic figure of Jewish folklore. According to Mesopotamian and Judaic mythology, she is theorized to be the... more

09 Oct 2023 · 4 minutes
Goddesses: Guanyin

Guanyin was a Bodhisattva, a figure in Buddhism who reached true enlightenment and ascended to Nirvana. She is known for... more

06 Oct 2023 · 5 minutes
Goddesses: Maman Brigitte

Manman Brigitte is a venerated figure in the Haitian Vodou religion. Her fiery red hair and fair-skinned complexion hint at... more

05 Oct 2023 · 5 minutes
Goddesses: Lakshmi

Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of beauty, fortune and prosperity. Today, she is venerated during Diwali, the festival of lights.

04 Oct 2023 · 3 minutes
Goddesses: The Mórrigan

In Irish-Celtic mythology, the Mórrigan is the goddess of war and fate. Among her many powers, her ability to shapeshift... more

03 Oct 2023 · 6 minutes
Goddesses: Athena

Athena was one of the major deities of the Greek pantheon known as the Twelve Olympians. She is the goddess... more

02 Oct 2023 · 6 minutes
Reintroducing...Womanica

4 years into making Womanica with no end in sight, we thought we'd reintroduce ourselves. On Womanica, hosted by Jenny... more

01 Oct 2023 · 1 minute
Trendsetters: Nike's Tanya Hvizdak

This special bonus episode is brought to you by Nike. For athletes to perform at their very best, they need... more

30 Sep 2023 · 6 minutes
Trendsetters: Sybil Connolly

Sybil Connolly (1921-1998) designed dresses for Jackie Kennedy and put Irish fashion on the map. Her designs introduced traditional linens... more

29 Sep 2023 · 5 minutes
Trendsetters: Edith Head

Edith Head (c. 1897-1981) was a prolific costume designer during the Golden Age of Hollywood. During her five-decade-long career, she... more

28 Sep 2023 · 4 minutes
Trendsetters: Emily Post

Emily Post (c. 1870s - 1960) wrote one of the most popular books on etiquette. A novelist, columnist, and radio... more

27 Sep 2023 · 5 minutes
Trendsetters: Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890 - 1973) was a designer known for her eccentric fashions and surrealist collaborations with artist Salvador Dalí... more

26 Sep 2023 · 6 minutes
Trendsetters: Elsa Maxwell

Elsa Maxwell (1881-163) was the original “hostess with the mostess.” Credited with the introduction of the scavenger hunt and the... more

25 Sep 2023 · 5 minutes
Trendsetters: Nike's Tania Flynn

This special bonus episode is brought to you by Nike. Tania Flynn is Vice President of Apparel Design at Nike. That... more

23 Sep 2023 · 6 minutes
Trendsetters: Donyale Luna

Donyale Luna (1945 - 1979) was an internationally acclaimed Black supermodel. She was the first Black woman to be featured... more

22 Sep 2023 · 6 minutes
Trendsetters: Rose Bertin

Rose Bertin (1747-1813) was one of the original celebrity fashion designers. Though she came from a humble background, she was... more

21 Sep 2023 · 6 minutes
Trendsetters: Hazel Bishop

Hazel Bishop (1906-1998) was a chemist and entrepreneur who created Hazel Bishop Lipstick – famous for its unique formula that... more

20 Sep 2023 · 5 minutes
Trendsetters: Pam Grier

Pam Grier (1949 - present) is a Black American actress who has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows.... more

19 Sep 2023 · 7 minutes
Trendsetters: Isabella d'Este

Isabella d'Este (1474-1539) was an Italian patron and fashion icon who nurtured some of the Renaissance's finest artists – and... more

18 Sep 2023 · 5 minutes
Trendsetters: Nike's Heidi O'Neill

This special bonus episode is brought to you by Nike. Heidi O'Neill is Nike's President of Consumer, Product & Brand.... more

16 Sep 2023 · 8 minutes
Trendsetters: Eleanor Lambert

Eleanor Lambert (1903-2003) was a fashion publicist who increased the international prominence of the American fashion industry. Known as the... more

15 Sep 2023 · 6 minutes
Trendsetters: Dolores Gonzales

The designs of Dolores Gonzales (1907 - 1994) became a fashion craze throughout the 1950s and were even worn by... more

14 Sep 2023 · 4 minutes
Trendsetters: Helen Gurley Brown

Helen Gurley Brown (c.1922-2012) helped shape a new vision of working girls. As editor and chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and... more

13 Sep 2023 · 4 minutes
Trendsetters: Donna Summer

Donna Summer (1948 - 2012) was a musician who provided the soundtrack for America’s disco era. Her breathy voice and... more

12 Sep 2023 · 4 minutes
Trendsetters: Hanae Mori

Hanae Mori (c. 1926-2022), known in the fashion world as “Madame Butterfly,” broke barriers between East and West. She was... more

11 Sep 2023 · 6 minutes
Trendsetters: Colleen Moore

Colleen Moore (1899 - 1988) was Hollywood’s original flapper. Throughout the Roaring Twenties, she popularized the bob-style haircut through dozens... more

08 Sep 2023 · 6 minutes
Trendsetters: Ruth Westheimer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer (1928 - present) has helped her listeners, viewers, and readers have more fulfilling sex for over four... more

07 Sep 2023 · 5 minutes
Trendsetters: Caresse Crosby

Caresse Crosby (1892-1970) was the inventor of the bra and a godmother to some of the biggest artists and literary... more

06 Sep 2023 · 6 minutes
Trendsetters: Oei Hui-lan

Oei Hui-lan (1899-1992) was a dazzling socialite who used her style and fashion to walk between cultures and worlds of... more

05 Sep 2023 · 3 minutes
Trendsetters: Mary Quant

Mary Quant (1930-2023) was one of the most iconic fashion designers of the 1960s. Her designs forever changed the way... more

04 Sep 2023 · 6 minutes
Trendsetters: Ann Lowe

Ann Lowe (c. 1898-1981) designed some of the most iconic couture dresses of the mid-20th century, including Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding... more

01 Sep 2023 · 6 minutes
Folk Heroes: Dung Hà

Dung Ha (c. 1965-2000) was a powerful Vietnamese gangster who challenged the “Godfather of Saigon.” She broke gender expression rules... more

31 Aug 2023 · 4 minutes
Folk Heroes: Veleda

Veleda (c. 100 CE) was a seeress venerated by Germanic tribes for her prophecies and diplomatic gifts. She was considered... more

30 Aug 2023 · 4 minutes
Folk Heroes: Tomyris

Tomyris (unknown - 520 BCE) was the fierce queen who defended her kingdom against an invasion by Cyrus the Great,... more

29 Aug 2023 · 5 minutes
Folk Heroes: Mother Shipton (Ursula Southeil)

Ursula Southeil (c. 1488-1561), better known as “Mother Shipton,” was an English prophetess and seeress known for her predictions about... more

28 Aug 2023 · 5 minutes
Folk Heroes: Kenau Simonsdochter Hasselaer

Kenau Simonsdochter Hasselaer (c.1526 - 1588) embodied what it meant to be a heroine. As the owner of a shipyard,... more

25 Aug 2023 · 5 minutes
Folk Heroes: Scheherazade

Scheherezade is the storyteller of the frame story for Arabian Nights or The Thousand and One Nights, a collection of... more

24 Aug 2023 · 4 minutes
Folk Heroes: María Remedios del Valle

María Remedios del Valle (unknown - 1847) was a real woman whose story of fierce fighting and selfless sacrifice made... more

23 Aug 2023 · 5 minutes
Folk Heroes: Etta Place

Etta Place (c. 1880s) is a mystery. The rifle-toting bandit of the Old West ran with Butch Cassidy and the... more

22 Aug 2023 · 6 minutes
Folk Heroes: Grace O’Malley

Grace O’Malley (c. 1530-1603) is known as the iconic, pirate queen of Ireland. She is remembered through folklore as a... more

21 Aug 2023 · 5 minutes
Folk Heroes: Ng Akew

Ng Akew (c. 1820 - c. 1914) was a resourceful woman who lived by sea, chased down pirates, and played a... more

18 Aug 2023 · 4 minutes
Folk Heroes: Catherine Monvoisin

Catherine Monvoisin (1640-1680) was a French fortune teller, midwife, and professional poisoner who found herself at the center of a... more

17 Aug 2023 · 4 minutes
Folk Heroes: Sarraounia Mangou

Sarraounia Mangou (c. 1890s) was a fierce warrior queen who protected her people from colonial domination in West Africa.

16 Aug 2023 · 4 minutes
Folk Heroes: Pope Joan

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Osh-Tisch (1854-1929) was among the last badé of the Crow Nation: an assigned-male-at-birth person who occupied ceremonial and social roles usually filled... more