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May 10, 2020
Happy Mother's Day from Encyclopedia Womannica! This special episode features just a few of the stand-out, custom episodes we made for listeners' moms around the country.
May 9, 2020
Today we’re trying something different. In honor of the many healthcare workers risking their lives, we interviewed a modern doctor on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rachel Sarnoff explained her average day, the joyful moments that keep her going, and some important reminders we should all take to heart. This episode first aired as part of Podapalooza, a weekend podcast festival that donated all of its revenue to COVID-19 relief.
May 8, 2020
Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519) was one of the most controversial women of the Italian Renaissance. She was the daughter of an infamous Pope, a member of one of the most notorious Italian families in history, and a muse for artists and writers. Though she has traditionally been remembered as the archetypal femme fatale, modern historians have begun to reevaluate her story, questioning if she was a perpetrator or a victim.
May 7, 2020
Anne Boleyn (c. 1500-1536) helped to bring about England’s split from the Catholic Church, became the queen of England and had a daughter who would serve as one of the most famous monarchs of all time. Her opponents accused her of witchcraft and slandered her name and historians continue to debate her real intentions.
May 6, 2020
Roberta Cowell (1918-2011) was a war hero, race car driver, and a trans pioneer. She changed the way people think about gender identity and was the first British trans woman to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
May 5, 2020
Claudette Colvin (1939-present) is a pioneer of the Civil Rights movement and a living legend. By refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, she sparked the court case that found Montgomery, Alabama’s segregated buses to be unconstitutional.
May 4, 2020
Helen May Butler (1867-1957), called "The Female Sousa," had an extremely successful and public career as a band leader, organizer, and composer at a time when that simply wasn’t done by women.
May 3, 2020
Jenny's coming to you this Sunday with major Encyclopedia Womannica updates! It's a tough time right now and we so appreciate any support you can give. Vote for us for a Webby, join our brand new membership program, and/or get yourself a unique Mother's Day gift from WMN! (See links below!)
May 1, 2020
Lucy Hicks Anderson (1886-1954) was an American socialite, chef, and thriving prohibition-era Madame and entrepreneur. She was also one of the earliest documented African-American transgender people in the United States.
April 30, 2020
Lucy Walker (1836-1916) was a British mountaineer who was the first known woman to climb the Matterhorn, a famously tall peak in the Alps that measures 14,692 ft. All in all, she completed 98 expeditions in her life, all at a time when women were urged not to exercise strenuously.
April 29, 2020
Xue Susu (c. 1570-c. 1650) was a Chinese courtesan, poet, artist, and archer. She was lauded for her ability to shoot targets from a moving horse, an athletic feat that perhaps was more accepted at the time due to her many other skills in more typically feminine pastimes.
April 28, 2020
Sacagawea (c. 1790-c. 1812 or c. 1884) famously traveled from the Missouri River to the Pacific Coast, carrying her son on her back. Her presence as a young mother, her skills as an interpreter, and her ability as a guide gave protection to the white men she accompanied, despite their goal of controlling her own people’s land.
April 27, 2020
Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994) was a pioneering American athlete who overcame childhood paralysis to become a legendary track and field star. She was an Olympic champion, and international sports icon following her performances in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games.
April 26, 2020
Every Sunday this month, we highlighted some of the WMN team’s favorite women in health from previous episodes in honor of the health workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Maddy Foley chose Martha Hughes Cannon (1857-1932), who was a women’s rights activist, suffragist, physician, sanitation expert, state senator and polygamous wife. Martha was heavily involved in the fight for national suffrage, and was an especially important figure in the fight for suffrage and women’s rights in Utah.
April 24, 2020
Susanna Carson Rijnhart (1868-1908) was a Canadian medical doctor and missionary who was the second Western woman known to have visited Tibet. Her adventurous travel took her through trying and tragic circumstances at a time when doing so was decidedly against the norm for her gender.
April 23, 2020
Sally Ride (1951-2012) was the first American woman in space.
April 22, 2020
Kate Rice (1882-1964) was a Canadian prospector who joined the gold rush at a time when women weren’t even allowed to own land. She was the second woman ever inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.
April 21, 2020
Annie Smith Peck (1850-1935) was a famous American mountaineer, adventurer, writer, lecturer, and suffragist who popularized mountaineering for the American public and for women in particular. She also wrote four books encouraging contemporary readers to travel, seek adventure, and take part in the exploration of the world around them.
April 20, 2020
Annie Oakley (1860-1926) was a famous sharpshooter and Wild West performer. She traveled around the world, wowing audiences with her abilities and thriving in a male-dominated sphere.
April 19, 2020
Every Sunday this month, we’re highlighting some of the WMN team’s favorite women in health from previous episodes in honor of the health workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Edie Allard chose Marie Colinet (1560-1640), surgeon and midwife who developed new medical techniques including the modern C-section.
April 18, 2020
We’re taking the stage for Podapalooza on April 25th and 26th, a virtual podcast festival for the benefit of COVID-19 relief. You can purchase tickets at plza.org. All ticket proceeds go to Give Directly, an organization that delivers cash payments of $1,000 to vulnerable households in areas affected by COVID-19. Learn more about Give Directly at givedirectly.org.
April 17, 2020
Margaret Murray (1863-1963) was a seasoned archaeologist, a well-loved teacher, a women’s rights advocate, and a controversial folklorist. Though her career is often overshadowed by the men in her field, she made a huge impact that shouldn’t be overlooked.
April 16, 2020
Alice Milliat (1884-1957) was an incredible athlete. Her advocacy ushered in change for women around the world, when establishment leaders in sports refused to make change themselves. Women who have competed in the Olympics have this steadfast contender to thank for it.
April 15, 2020
Kate Marsden (1859-1931) a British missionary, adventurer, writer and nurse who devoted herself to finding a cure for Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease). She traveled thousands of miles through the Siberian wilderness in search of a cure.
April 14, 2020
Annette Kellerman (1886-1975) was an aquatic sensation. She overcame physical challenges early in life to become a record-setting swimmer and a barrier breaking actress. She popularized synchronized swimming and revolutionized swimwear fashion.
April 13, 2020
Billie Jean King (1943-present) is a living legend. Her whirlwind tennis career captivated a nation, and her advocacy changed society for the better. She won 39 major tennis titles, fought and made progress for pay equity in her sport, and earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
April 12, 2020
Every Sunday this month, we’re highlighting some of the WMN team’s favorite women in health from previous episodes in honor of the health workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Grace Lynch chose Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), chemist and x-ray crystallographer whose work was vital in the discovery of DNA's molecular structure.
April 10, 2020
Dame Jane Goodall (1934-present) is one of the world’s most famous primatologists. She is best known for her decades-long research of wild chimpanzees.
April 9, 2020
Althea Gibson (1927-2003) was the first person to cross the color line in international tennis at a time when racial prejudice and discrimination were still accepted, if not specifically codified. Often compared to Jackie Robinson, she broke down barriers and dominated women’s tennis in the late 1950s. After retiring from tennis, she also became the first African American woman to compete in the LPGA.
April 8, 2020
Gertrude Ederle (1905-2003) was a record-setting swimmer -- she made waves at the Olympics and was the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
April 7, 2020
Amelia Earhart (1897-?) broke countless records, blazing a path for women in flight before famously disappearing without a trace. Among other accomplishments, she was the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by plane, the first woman to make that same trip solo, and the first person to fly solo from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California.
April 6, 2020
Babe Didrikson (1911-1956) was a barrier-breaking basketball player, baseball player, softball player, diver, roller skater, bowler, golfer, and Olympic track and field star. Considered one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, she challenged her era’s accepted norms of femininity.
April 5, 2020
Every Sunday this month, we're highlighting some of the WMN team's favorite healthcare workers from previous episodes in honor of the medical professionals risking their lives to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Aparna Balakumar chose Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910), the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States and a pioneering force in medical education for women.
April 3, 2020
Eva Dickson (1905-1938) was a famous Swedish rally driver, pilot, travel writer, and war correspondent known for her adventurous, jet-setting lifestyle. During her short life she became the first female rally driver in Sweden, the third Swedish female pilot, and the first woman to cross the Sahara Desert by car.
April 2, 2020
Julie D'Aubigny (1673-1707) was a famous and flamboyant fencer and opera singer. Her life story includes romance, duels, body-snatching and more.
April 1, 2020
Jeanne Baret (1740-1807) sailed the world identifying previously unknown plants -- all while hiding her own identity -- and became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.
March 31, 2020
Suzanne Voilquin (1801-1877) was a legendary French journalist, author, midwife, women’s rights activist and world traveller. She was a leader in the early Feminist movement in France and is perhaps best known for her work as writer and editor for the first French working-class feminist newspaper. She also lived through a plague and quarantine that feels particularly worth noting at this time.
March 30, 2020
Rosina Tucker (1881-1987) was a teacher, musician, and community organizer, who fought at the heart of America’s labor and civil rights movements.
March 29, 2020
In honor of Women's History Month, we're releasing episodes every day of March. Each Sunday, we released a favorite past episode chosen by a podcaster. Emma Gray, host of Here to Make Friends, picked Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), who is considered to be one of America’s greatest and most original poets.
March 28, 2020
The Encyclopedia Womannica team speaks with a modern day feminist: Gali Arnon, CMO of Fiverr. Special thanks to Fiverr for sponsoring this month of Encyclopedia Womannica. Fiverr’s marketplace helps the world’s feminists get more done with less. Take Five and show your support for Fiverr’s new store at FVRR.co/women, where they feature over 100 of the platform’s top female talent.
March 27, 2020
Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) was an African American civil rights activist, suffragist, writer, educator, and organizer. She was also one of the first African American women to go to college in the U.S.
March 26, 2020
Lucy Stone (1818-1893) was an abolitionist and suffragist who fought against inequality at home and across the country. From childhood onward she abhorred the restrictions put on her sex and acted to change them. She used her oratory prowess to bring others to the cause. As one of the leaders of the suffrage movement, she played a central role in its most divisive moment.
March 25, 2020
Huda Sha'arawi (1879-1947) was a pioneering leader, who organized one of the great feminist revolutions in Egypt.
March 24, 2020
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900-1978) was a legendary Nigerian political leader and activist who served as the leading advocate for women’s rights in Nigeria during the first half of the 20th century.
March 23, 2020
Alice Paul (1885-1977) was a suffragist, women’s rights activist and political strategist. She brought a more militant fight for the vote to the U.S. and steered the movement for an Equal Rights Amendment.
March 22, 2020
In honor of Women's History Month, we're releasing episodes every day of March. Each Sunday, we'll release a favorite past episode chosen by a podcaster. Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg, hosts of By the Book, picked Julia Child (1912-2004), who was the chef responsible for bringing French cuisine to the American mainstream with her books and hit TV show.
March 21, 2020
The Encyclopedia Womannica team speaks with a modern day feminist: Michelle Talbert, founder of Her Power Moves, a community of women business owners and entrepreneurs. Special thanks to Fiverr for sponsoring this month of Encyclopedia Womannica. Fiverr’s marketplace helps the world’s feminists get more done with less. Take Five and show your support for Fiverr’s new store at FVRR.co/women, where they feature over 100 of the platform’s top female talent.
March 20, 2020
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928) fought on the front lines of the British suffrage movement and is considered by many to be its leader.
March 19, 2020
Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958) was one of the organizers of England’s militant suffrage movement, who fought her way to voting rights. Her story often gets lost in the shadow of her activist mother, who we will be talking about tomorrow.
March 18, 2020
Pauli Murray (1910-1985) was a major civil rights activist, women’s rights activist, academic, attorney, renowned author and the first African-American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal Priest. She managed to achieve a truly extraordinary amount over the course of her lifetime and was an inspiration for RBG.
March 17, 2020
Elizabeth "Betty" Molteno (1852-1927) was a pioneering civil and women’s rights activist in South Africa. Born into great wealth, she shed the mores of the upper class and the Victorian Era and devoted herself to education and organizing for the marginalized in South African society.
March 16, 2020
Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was a poet, author, Black feminist, womanist, civil rights activist, queer rights activist, librarian, professor, and publisher who fought for intersectional awareness and progress.
March 15, 2020
In honor of Women's History Month, we're releasing episodes every day of March. Each Sunday, we'll release a favorite past episode chosen by a podcaster. First up, Erin Gibson, co-host of Throwing Shade and host of History: The Shequel, picked Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century.
March 14, 2020
The Encyclopedia Womannica team speaks with a modern day feminist: Jennifer Shealy, a Fiverr top-rated seller. Special thanks to Fiverr for sponsoring this month of Encyclopedia Womannica. Fiverr’s marketplace helps the world’s feminists get more done with less. Take Five and show your support for Fiverr’s new store at FVRR.co/women, where they feature over 100 of the platform’s top female talent.
March 13, 2020
Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952) was a Marxist revolutionary, a key figure in Marxist Feminism, and a major figure in Russian socialist politics from the turn of the 20th century through the start of the Soviet Union. After the revolution, she became the most prominent woman in the Soviet government where she continued her work on improving conditions for women.
March 12, 2020
Adelaide Johnson (1859-1955) was a visual artist devoted to promoting gender equality. She was known as “The Sculptor of the Women’s Movement.”
March 11, 2020
Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) was a famed writer and poet, prominent abollitionist, suffragist, peace activist, social activist and education activist. She was heavily involved in the fight for national suffrage, and helped found the American Woman Suffrage Association. She is perhaps best remembered today for penning the famous Civil War anthem “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
March 10, 2020
bell hooks (1952-present) is a prolific writer and cultural critic, whose work challenges systems of oppression. She is internationally recognized as a scholar of feminism and race.
March 9, 2020
Anna J. Cooper (1858-1964) was born into slavery and became a groundbreaking scholar, speaker, activist, sociologist, and feminist writer.
March 8, 2020
In honor of Women's History Month, we're releasing episodes every day of March. Each Sunday, we'll release a favorite past episode chosen by a podcaster. First up, Hebah Fisher, co-founder & CEO of Kerning Cultures, picked Khadijah (c. 556-619), the first wife of the Prophet Muhammad, considered by many to be the first Muslim.
March 7, 2020
The Encyclopedia Womannica team speaks with a modern day feminist: Kashish Parikh-Chopra, motivational speaker and founder of Rebel Genius. Special thanks to Fiverr for sponsoring this month of Encyclopedia Womannica. Fiverr’s marketplace helps the world’s feminists get more done with less. Take Five and show your support for Fiverr’s new store at FVRR.co/women, where they feature over 100 of the platform’s top female talent.
March 6, 2020
Martha Hughes Cannon (1857-1932) was a women’s rights activist, suffragist, physician, sanitation expert, state senator and polygamous wife. She was heavily involved in the fight for national suffrage, and was an especially important figure in the fight for suffrage and women’s rights in Utah.
March 5, 2020
Emily Greene Balch (1867-1961) was a political scientist, sociologist, economist, pacifist, and a leader of the women’s movement for peace during the first half of the 20th century. She received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for her work with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
March 4, 2020
Mariama Ba (1929-1981) one of the most important African authors of the 20th century. She carved out her own meaning of women’s rights and empowerment, caught between tradition and modernity.
March 3, 2020
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) advocated tirelessly and radically for the rights of women. Her attempt to vote ended with her arrest, and paved the way for the 19th Amendment. She was also an abolitionist, a supporter of temperance and labor rights, and an education activist.
March 2, 2020
Jane Addams (1860-1935) was an activist and reformer who pioneered the field of social work, contributed to the study of sociology, and advocated for the inclusion of women in the public sphere. She was a suffragist and philosopher who co-founded the ACLU and was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
March 1, 2020
We've got a lot of exciting content for you this March. This episode, Jenny previews what's in store and highlights the woman who inspired it all, Kathy Manning.
February 28, 2020
Yennenga (12th century) was a warrior princess from northern Ghana who became a founding mother and laid the foundation for the Mossi Kingdoms in modern-day Burkina Faso.
February 27, 2020
Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was born into slavery and became a journalist, educator, civil and workers’ rights activist and suffragist. She is best known as a leader of the anti-lynching movement.
February 26, 2020
Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) was born into slavery and became an evangelist and outspoken advocate for abolition, temperance and women’s rights.
February 25, 2020
Karen Silkwood (1946-1974) was an American workers' rights activist and nuclear chemical technician. She raised serious concerns about health and safety standards in corporate nuclear facilities. Her death remains shrouded in mystery.
February 24, 2020
Wa Shi (1498-1560) was a noblewoman and general who defended countless cities against a pirate scourge, leading a legendary battalion.
February 21, 2020
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was a First Lady and human rights activist who fought tirelessly for the rights of women, minorities, children, immigrants and the poor.
February 20, 2020
Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was a pioneering civil rights activist whose courageous resistance against legalized racism, segregation and second-class citizenship helped set in motion one of the largest social movements in American history.
February 19, 2020
Queen Nanny (c. 1686-unknown) led the Maroons, a community of formerly enslaved Africans in Jamaica, to victory against their British occupiers.
February 18, 2020
Constance Markievicz (1868-1927) was an Anglo-Irish political activist who was the first woman elected to British Parliament and refused to take her seat. She was also the first and only woman to service in the first Irish Assembly.
February 17, 2020
Matilda of Tuscany (1046-1115) was a powerful feudal ruler, who is remembered for her military prowess. Her castle was the site of one of the most iconic moments in medieval times.
February 14, 2020
Rose Lokissim (1955-1986) was a soldier and activist in Chad who fought against Hissene Habre's violent regime.
February 13, 2020
Elizabeth Hart (1772-1833) and Anne Hart (1773-1834) were writers, educators, education activists, and abolitionists whose work challenged the status quo. The sisters were outspoken opponents of slavery and supporters of women's education and total emancipation. They became two of the first African-Caribbean women writers to be published and two of the first educators of slaves and free blacks alike in the Caribbean.
February 12, 2020
Frances E.W. Harper (1825-1911) was an activist, author, journalist, orator, poet, and educator known for her fiery speeches and writing on the evils of slavery, and in support of women’s suffrage and temperance.
February 11, 2020
Cut Nyak Dhien (c. 1848-1908) fought to maintain the independence of her land, holding her own against an enemy with seemingly endless resources. Her military leadership and guerilla tactics defied norms for an aristocratic woman at the time.
February 10, 2020
Christian Davies (1667-1739) disguised herself for love and in the process launched a military career.
February 8, 2020
The Encyclopedia Womannica team speaks with a modern day warrior: Angela Naeth, professional triathlete and founder of “I Race Like a Girl." Special thanks to Athletic Greens for sponsoring this week of Encyclopedia Womannica. No matter what it is you're fighting for, it's essential for all kinds of warriors to be nutritionally ready for action. Athletic Greens makes it easy.
February 7, 2020
Boudicca (c. 30-c. 60) was an ancient warrior queen of Britain. She rose up to lead a rebellion against one of history’s most feared military powers, and remains a symbol of strength against adversity to this day.
February 6, 2020
Laskarina Bouboulina (1771-1825) was a revolutionary hero and naval commander. She became such a legend in Greece that her image was emblazoned on everything from coins to stamps.
February 5, 2020
Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was a pioneering American educator and education activist, civil rights activist, stateswoman, philanthropist, writer and humanitarian.
February 4, 2020
Juana Azurduy de Padilla (1780-1862) is considered the Mother of Bolivian Independence.
February 3, 2020
Artemisia of Caria (5th century BCE) was a queen and genius military strategist whose advice was sought out by the Persian Emperor Xerxes
January 31, 2020
Wu Zetian (624-705) was the only female emperor in the history of China. Though she implemented major reforms, expanded Chinese territory and increased trade during her time on the throne, she is remembered as one of China’s most controversial rulers.
January 30, 2020
Zenobia (c. 240-c. 274) was leader of the Palmyrene Empire. She was an ambitious woman whose powerful presence made her a famous subject for artists and historians alike.
January 29, 2020
Tru'ng Trac and Tru'ng Nhi (c. 12-c. 43) were a formidable pair of warrior queens who ruled their homeland for three years after successfully revolting against their Chinese occupiers.
January 28, 2020
Theodora (c. 500-548) was the empress of the Eastern Roman Empire. Born into the lower class, she rose through the ranks to become one of the most influential Roman Empresses.
January 27, 2020
Razia Sultana (c. 1205-1240) was the first and only female ruler of the Delhi Sultanate. She became a beloved ruler despite the many nobles who sought to keep her from power.
January 24, 2020
Seondeok (c. 595-c. 647) was the first queen on the Korean Peninsula and second recorded female ruler in East Asian history.
January 23, 2020
Begum Samru (c. 1750-1836) was a revered 18th century Indian ruler. She came from nothing to become sovereign of her own kingdom and the head of a formidable mercenary army.
January 22, 2020
Gisèle Rabesahala (1929-2011) was a celebrated politician, who was devoted to fighting for freedom and Madagascar.
January 21, 2020
Pokou (c. 1700-c. 1760) was Queen of the Ashanti people in what's now Ghana. She overcame significant hardship, stood up to an army, and eventually established a new homeland.
January 20, 2020
Ana Nzinga (c. 1583-1663) was a revered 17th century Queen of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of the central African coast.
January 18, 2020
A special preview of WMN's new show, Ordinary Equality. Almost 100 years after the Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced, it is on track to be ratified in Virginia this month. Rumblings about the ERA are back, but what is it, why has it taken so long, and why should we care? Wonder Media Network presents Ordinary Equality, a new podcast that explores the amendment’s rich history through narration, interviews and archival audio to tell the story from every angle — past, present, and future. Tune into this 12-part series on the century-long fight for ratification.
January 17, 2020
Nonhelema (c. 1720s-1796) was a great warrior and leader of the Shawnee Tribe who deftly led her people through a time of great change and turmoil.
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