February 18, 2020
In this second installment in the life of Mary Church Terrell, the stage is bigger, the stakes are higher, and the gloves are off! Mary makes societal change happen with persistence, a propensity for making influential connections... and sheer nerve.
February 3, 2020
Life got in the way of getting Mary Church Terrell Part Two out this week, we will post that episode as soon as possible, but Mary and Ida crossed paths several times so we thought a refresher of her life was in order
January 22, 2020
Mary Terrell was one of the first African American Women to graduate from college, and rose to prominence during the battles for universal suffrage and Civil Rights. With fiery speeches and a push in the back, she demanded that we all to go forth and do some good. We have a responsibility to lift each other up as we climb, she said, in order to make the world a better place for all.
January 9, 2020
Maria Montessori revolutionized education during the early 20th century with her approach to child-led learning, and was convinced that the children of the world were the key to peace on earth.
December 25, 2019
Surprise! Our Traditional Bonus episode about the origins of Mrs. Claus, here for your listening pleasure on Christmas morning. Preview it before you share with the North Pole true believers in your life - and have a great holiday!
December 24, 2019
Just how biographical *is* Little Women? You'll see the echoes of Louisa May Alcott's real life within her most famous work after hearing this episode.
December 9, 2019
Thanks to a couple of recent news stories about Rosa, we're heading back to 2012 and revisiting the life of this civil rights activist and icon
November 26, 2019
Wilma Mankiller overcame obstacles in her life by being "of good mind," a Cherokee principle that guided her through her life of activism, community service, and her election as the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
November 18, 2019
We have a second podcast, The Recappery, making a guest appearance to recap Netflix's The Crown, Season 3, Episode 1. If you like what you hear, please subscribe to The Recappery on your favorite podcatcher.
November 12, 2019
Native American Pocahontas was nothing like the cartoon, she was far more interesting.
October 29, 2019
The Winchester Mystery House has intrigued us for almost a century. Its story has always been a dramatic one, full of ghosts, guns, and desperation - but perhaps there is a simpler explanation buried within the life of Sarah Winchester herself.
October 18, 2019
Florence Nightingale was forced to hide her light under a bushel until her thirties, when she broke free in spectacular fashion to become the world's beloved Lady With The Lamp - as well as a master statistician and the founder of modern nursing.
October 1, 2019
Mary Seacole didn't let the open ocean stop her, nor fire, war, discrimination or bureaucracy. She made *several* places for herself in a world that tried to shut her down, building a business while caring for thousands of soldiers with herbs, a hand on their foreheads, and a full heart.
September 17, 2019
Louise Brooks made bridge-burning her hobby; as a result, this almost-forgotten star of stage and screen has only recently begun to shine again.
September 2, 2019
Dazzling Gilded Age heiresses and the servants who kept their houses running and in pristine condition.
August 20, 2019
We wrap up the story of Isabella of Castile with a few more of her long-lasting legacies (including supercharging the role of the queen in the game of chess) and the dispersal of her own pawns on the marital chessboard of Europe.
August 6, 2019
Never before have we covered a woman with such far reaching influence. This determined woman began by pulling off a coup, then branched out into such far reaching endeavors as the Spanish Inquisition, the settlement of the Americas, and transforming the queen (in chess and in life) into the most powerful piece on the board.
July 23, 2019
Short conversations about seven colorful historical women
July 9, 2019
Joan of Arc, Jeannette, Jean, The Maid, La Pucelle, Hero, Heretic, Visionary, Lunatic…that’s a lot of names and titles for a teenage girl who is remembered for events from only a short period of her life.
July 1, 2019
"America's first female cryptanalyst" only hints at the contributions of this codebreaking war hero.
June 18, 2019
Charlotte Brontë didn't let her circumstances and the discouragement of others stand in the way of her goal of becoming a published author; she got knocked down over and over before she was able to present the world with one of the most beloved heroines in literary history.
June 3, 2019
uring the PodX Podcast Convention this month, we did a live show in which we explained the ways that the women of the past taught us valuable lessons about our craft... and about ourselves.
May 19, 2019
Women's health is in the news this year - and historically speaking, women have always had to fight for proper care. Lydia Pinkham turned some herbs (and a wee bit of alcohol) into an empire, while advancing the progress of women's education about their own well-being.
May 7, 2019
Babe's colorful personality, drive, and athleticism made her a role model for girls around the globe as an Olympian and multi-sport, professional athlete.
April 20, 2019
Twelve year old Mary Anning pulled a dinosaur out of a cliff, and set off a firestorm of philosophy and science that never seemed to include her, somehow. From the Loch Ness Monster to Jurassic Park, the world would never be the same.
April 6, 2019
Was Annie Londonderry a flim-flam artist or a true pioneer? Her trip around the world on a bicycle may have been controversial - but she was always up for both an adventure and a tall tale.
March 24, 2019
Ching Shih was the terror of the seas during the Qing Dynasty in China. Although she was the most powerful and successful pirate in history, most of her story is yet to be fully discovered.
March 9, 2019
We'll talk about Audrey Hepburn's entertainment career, which gave people joy all over the world. But it was her humanitarian work with UNICEF which made her a true star.
February 25, 2019
Audrey Hepburn was born a child of privilege and became a child of war. Although she reached superstar status in Hollywood, she became a shining example of the best of humanity through her work with UNICEF.
February 11, 2019
Born in Africa and transported as a slave to America, this Revolutionary War era poet became the darling of London and charmed notable figures of American history along the way.
January 27, 2019
One of the world's most prolific serial killers... basically lives up to the hype. The only thing we can clear her of is her gruesome bathing practices!
January 6, 2019
Most grade school kids will tell you that Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave and conductor on the Underground Railroad which is a great start--but she was so much more! A nurse, a spy, a military leader, a public speaker, a humanitarian, a wife and mother who did everything in her power to keep her family together...and she did it all with a traumatic brain injury.
December 15, 2018
Barbie has inspired generations of children in her 59 years, always representing the historically novel idea that women have choices in their lives. She's both an icon and a record of just how far we've come.
November 27, 2018
"Belle Starr" and "Calamity Jane" aren't even their given names! We separate fact from fabrication in our coverage of these famous women of the Wild West.
November 9, 2018
Even though her life was a short one, Anne Frank's account of her turbulent times has provided inspiration for millions of people all over the world.
October 13, 2018
Jane's life of far-reaching social service and her work for peace didn't prevent her from being called "America's most dangerous woman."
September 23, 2018
Later known as "The Mother of Social Work", Jane Addams took a circuitous route to find her life's calling.
September 2, 2018
The life of Clara Barton was so full of humanitarian accomplishments it's worthy of another, refreshed, look.
August 11, 2018
Georgia O'Keeffe is known as the mother of Modernism; she created a vast body of work, always finding a novel way to express what he wanted to say through her art.
July 22, 2018
Grainne Ui Mhaille (Grace O'Malley) was a terror of the open seas; living her life on her own terms during a turbulent time in her country.
July 1, 2018
The life of an American icon from her birth at a French dinner table to her place in the hearts of people all over the world.
June 11, 2018
Mary Pickford was so much more than an adorable head of hair. She was a hard-headed businesswoman who broke new ground in a brand new industry - the movies.
May 19, 2018
We take a look back at one of our most delightful subjects with a remastered classic episode.
April 29, 2018
The story of a Chinese concubine who rose to power from behind a curtain of yellow silk.
April 9, 2018
Louisa May Alcott fictionalized (and sanitized) her childhood reality in her novel Little Women; she left out life in a commune, starvation, 19th century action thriller stories, and becoming the family breadwinner at a young age.
March 17, 2018
Ada Lovelace was the world's first computer programmer long before computers existed!
February 24, 2018
Jackie's life was far from over after her husband's assassination; in some ways, it had only just begun.
February 7, 2018
Jackie Kennedy changed the cultural outlook of the United States during her brief role as First Lady.
January 14, 2018
We're celebrating our 100th full-length episode and our 7th year by taking a trip back to visit some women and moments that we will never forget.
December 24, 2017
Pocahontas did save lives... just not the way (or the one) that you've been taught.
December 11, 2017
The folklore of Santa grew to include a wife who became a beloved character of modern Christmas.
December 5, 2017
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel not only reinvented women's clothing and accessories, she reinvented herself, too.
November 12, 2017
She was the first Queen to rule and the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, but Queen Lili'uokalani's story is the story of Hawaii.
October 21, 2017
She was a slave, a freewoman, a preacher, a speaker, an abolitionist and a women's rights advocate in the Civil War era United States.
September 30, 2017
Hypatia was a mathematician, philosopher and astronomer who transcended gender barriers in the waning years of the Roman Empire.
September 9, 2017
Wallis Simpson's husband abdicated the throne to marry her, but how did her happily ever after work out?
August 20, 2017
Puppet? Manipulating social climber? Misunderstood? Deeply in love? However you see her, the fact remains that a king abdicated his throne, defied his family and lived in exile to marry twice divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson.
July 29, 2017
This famous sharpshooter surprised and delighted audiences all over the world with her skill and showmanship.
July 8, 2017
Emily Post? All she did was write a book about etiquette? Ahhh, no. She did more, a lot more.
July 1, 2017
"Wherever you are is my home." We recap the last episode of Season One of this series
June 23, 2017
"Remorse is the Poison of Life" Sounds cheery, right?  We were crying because of snowflakes and hair ribbons.
June 19, 2017
Anne with an E Recap - Episode 5
June 17, 2017
Our third not-quite-annual question and answer episode.
June 10, 2017
An Inward Treasure Born - Anne and Marilla are both challenged to identify their roles as women and Anne does a brave job no man stepped up to do.
June 2, 2017
Life is harder than any orphan or parent imagines...even meeting your future husband isn't as romantical as you would expect, it's all part of life's transitions.
May 27, 2017
How much of the New Orleans Voodoo Queen's legend is myth? (Hint: A lot)
May 20, 2017
We recap the episode of Anne with an "E" that best displays the scriptwriter's scope of imagination--book loyalists be warned. We argue about radishes, recipes, and the voices in Anne's head.
May 12, 2017
Our first recap of the new Anne of Green Gables adaptation, the Netflix show "Anne with an E"
May 6, 2017
She created Anne of Green Gables and wrote her way into all of our hearts.
April 15, 2017
We left Eleanor right after her divorce from her first husband and mysteriously married to her second in just a few weeks time. We cover how that happened and all the other twists and turns in the very long life of this 12th century Queen.
March 26, 2017
She was the Queen of France, the Queen of England, the mother of royalty, gave us a long life of ruling to talk about, and she was the winner of our last Guaranteed Content Poll. Excellent choice!
March 5, 2017
Being known as one of the greatest Baroque painters wasn't easy, but overcoming life obstacles that should have held her down only made her accomplishments that much greater.
February 11, 2017
Ida Wells worked as a pioneering journalist and activist who campaigned for anti-lynching legislation.
January 29, 2017
Lucille's life after the premiere of I Love Lucy was nothing anyone could have predicted.
January 1, 2017
Lucille Ball had a long climb up (and down) before she made history when I love Lucy debuted in 1951, and we cover those struggles and successes in this episode.
December 10, 2016
Mulan's story of her days as a Chinese warrior had simple beginnings and a whole lot of lasting power!
November 23, 2016
The story of this powerful, 17th century African ruler was far from an ordinary Princess to Queen tale.
October 30, 2016
Is there a better time to revisit our favorite Victorian More-Than-Likely Murderess, Lizzie Borden, than right now? We think not.
October 26, 2016
We wrap up our short series of "women who ran for the US Presidency before Hillary Clinton" with Shirley Chisholm!
October 23, 2016
We continue our series of female Presidential candidates with Belva Lockwood, the woman who many regard as the first “legitimate” female nominee for the office., with groundbreaking campaigns in 1884 and 1888.
October 9, 2016
Victoria Woodhull crafted a life for herself from pretty raw materials. She traveled from an abusive childhood to a very aristocratic end... and in the middle, was the first woman to run for the American Presidency. In 1872. She was a woman ahead of her time.
September 18, 2016
The second half of Marie's life was spent without Pierre but focused on a mission to apply science to help all humanity even while non-science drama swirled about her.
August 28, 2016
A lot of people only know Marie Curie as a woman who won a Nobel prize (or two...spoilers) but that's just a small part of the life of this physicist, wife and mother.
August 7, 2016
Agrippina the Younger lived a dramatic and dangerous life as the sister of an emperor, the wife and niece of another, and mother of a third in ancient Rome.
July 16, 2016
When we were researching Mary Lincoln we both admired her friend, Elizabeth Keckly, so much that we knew that had to talk about her. She was born a slave, eventually bought her freedom and built a very successful business (twice) all before she, too, realized her own White House dream.
June 26, 2016
Since the musical Hamilton opened on Broadway, we've been getting a lot of requests to cover the Schuyler sisters, Angelica, Eliza and Peggy.
June 11, 2016
In our last episode we talked about Mary's childhood, education and life as the wife of Abraham Lincoln. She was described as, "amiable, accomplished, gracious and a sparkling talker," by members of the Republican Party before she got to what happened afterward that left her without this glowing impression?
June 4, 2016
Mary Todd Lincoln's life can't be defined by who she married and her husband's legacy--she was a lot more than simply a southern born wife of a president. Actually, she wasn't simple at all.
May 14, 2016
When Madam C.J. Walker solved one of her own personal problems, she also created an opportunity to leave behind a life as a laundress for one as a successful businesswoman, philanthropist and civil rights activists and she was able to take thousands of women with her.
April 30, 2016
What would you serve Dorothy Parker for dinner? What are your favorite things from pop culture? When will you cover the Schuyler Sisters? Listeners' burning questions, answered.
April 23, 2016
Zelda Fitzgerald - the original Manic Pixie Dream Girl, muse of F. Scott, has been remembered as a trophy, a fashion icon, a mental patient, an author, and an artist. This unique woman lived a complex life that defies simple labels.
April 2, 2016
We cannot get enough Beatrix Potter! Here is our coverage of the 2006 movie "Miss Potter," starring Renee Zellweger in the title role.
March 27, 2016
Though she's chiefly known for her charming illustrations, Beatrix Potter was more than an artist and author; she was a scientist, conservationist, and a philanthropist who used her talent to better the world.
March 4, 2016
When we last left the Grand Duchess Catherine, she was feeling alone, unloved and unnecessary. She had just given birth and the child, Paul, heir to the Russian Empire, was ripped from her arms to be raised by Empress Elizabeth. Not cool, Elizabeth, not cool at all.
February 5, 2016
In 2010 one of us- Beckett- wanted to hear a podcast like her favorite book of all time, To Marry an English Lord, by Gail MacColl and Carol Wallace, but couldn't find one. So we made one. In 2014 we had drinks with Carol Wallace. In 2015 this conversation was recorded and lived in a computer until now.
January 22, 2016
The listeners have spoken! Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, was the winner in our Guaranteed Content Poll - and in this episode, we take our innocent German princess from obscurity onto the world stage.
December 25, 2015
Once upon a time there was a busy, yet highly compassionate and generous bachelor. He became known the world over, but lacked something in his life: a wife. Mrs. Claus often takes a back seat to her more famous husband, Santa, but it's time her history was told.
December 12, 2015
Lillian Gilbreth inspired us. After talking about her life and accomplishments, we thought it was high time to introduce you to four more problem-solving women whose inventions we use every day: Josephine Cochrane, Melitta Bentz, Mary Phelps Jacobs and Hedy Lamarr.
November 28, 2015
Lillian Gilbreth should be remembered for any of her life accomplishments: psychologist, industrial engineer, author, inventor, and pioneer in the field of industrial psychology.
November 13, 2015
Mary Queen of Scots got off to a good start: she was wearing the crown early and upgraded it at a young age (under the watchful eye of many an interested party), but once she started making decisions for herself? Ah, that's when her life took dramatic twists and turns that ultimately took the crown off her head. Actually, those decisions got her whole head taken off, but let's start at the beginning, shall we?
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