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Whether it's the famous chords of a theme song or the ominous sound of Vader's breath, the geekverse as we know it wouldn't exist without the work or ingenuity of many women who sadly didn't become household names. Throughout each episode of Forgotten Women of Genre we bring you the stories of the women who's contributions to genre are responsible for the characters and stories we all know and love; because behind every famous man in genre is at least one woman who didn't get the credit she deserved.

Whether it's the famous chords of a theme song or the ominous sound of Vader's breath, the geekverse as we know it wouldn't exist without the work or ingenuity of many women who sadly didn't become household names. Throughout each episode of Forgotten Women of Genre we bring you the stories of the women who's contributions to genre are responsible for the characters and stories we all know and love; because behind every famous man in genre is at least one woman who didn't get the credit she deserved.
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Whether it's the famous chords of a theme song or the ominous sound of Vader's breath, the geekverse as we know it wouldn't exist without the work or ingenuity of many women who sadly didn't become household names. Throughout each episode of Forgotten Women of Genre we bring you the stories of the women who's contributions to genre are responsible for the characters and stories we all know and love; because behind every famous man in genre is at least one woman who didn't get the credit she deserved.

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English


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Nina Wilcox Putnam

10/31/2019
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From her very first published story at age 11 through her decades-long career, writer Nina Wilcox Putnam showed that she could write almost anything. From short stories to film adaptions to tax forms to children’s novels to a syndicated humor column, Putnam was the very definition of prolific. But her most surprising legacy is her role in the original canon of horror films, as the person who began to tell the story of Universal’s The Mummy.

Duration:00:09:54

Peggy Webling

10/30/2019
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James Whale's Frankenstein is one of the greatest movies ever made, shaping the horror film genre as we know it, and it owes everything to a woman. Actually, two. We all know and adore Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. But that wasn’t the direct adaptation Whale sought out to make. Whale’s film was an adaptation of the play Frankenstein, an Adventure in the Macabre by Peggy Webling, the first woman to adapt Frankenstein for the stage.

Duration:00:11:25

Lois Duncan

10/29/2019
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When you think of I Know What You Did Last Summer, you probably think of the 1997 slasher. What you might not think of is Lois Duncan, who wrote the book that inspired the film, and hated every second of the movie that made her creation a bestseller two decades after its publication.But Duncan was far more than this one title. Her work was filled with suspense, and her life was beset by tragedy.

Duration:00:16:13

Sonya Levein

10/28/2019
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An immigrant Russian Jewish activist turned Hollywood screenwriter, Sonya Levien was one of cinema’s earliest and most accomplished female screenwriters, bringing her perspective and passion for her people to the screen. It was her screenplay for the 1939 adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame that earned her an often forgotten place in the horror canon.

Duration:00:12:22

Coming Soon: Forgotten Women of Horror

10/21/2019
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From werewolves and monsters to the modern day slasher, horror fiction has captivated people since Ancient Greece. But so many of the genre’s most famous and terrifying stories were created, written or developed by women whose names you might not have ever learned. Until now. Tune in every day the week of Halloween to hear your favorite Fangrrls talk about their favorite forgotten women of Horror

Duration:00:00:33

Meiko Kaji

8/30/2019
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Japanese actress and singer Meiko Kaji has performed in over 100 films in Japan. But despite never turning her sights on Hollywood her impact is still felt. Most notably it was her starring role in Lady Snowblood that heavily influenced Tarantino's Kill Bill series.

Duration:00:13:19

Marie Severin

8/30/2019
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She co-created Spider-Woman and is in the Will Eisner Comics Hall of Fame. Marie Severin worked as a colorist on so many Marvel and EC titles, it would take hours to discuss them all.

Duration:00:11:53

Leigh Brackett

8/30/2019
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Leigh Brackett, who wrote the very first script draft of The Empire Strikes Back, but long before she lent her talents toward shaping what would eventually become the second ever Star Wars movie, Brackett was a young girl with a love of science fiction and romance who knew early on what she wanted to do for a living — even if it meant facing down opposition and sexism at every turn.

Duration:00:13:31

Ellen Beeman

8/30/2019
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Professor Ellen Beeman's career in the games industry, which began back in the early '90s on the popular Wing Commander franchise and has since spanned over 40 different titles, continues to have a major impact on the next generation of rising female game developers, writers, and producers.

Duration:00:11:30

Maddie Blaustein

8/30/2019
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From writing comics to voicing Meowth on Pokémon for eight seasons, Maddie Blaustein made a huge impact in her short life — and gave trans and intersex kids someone to look up to.

Duration:00:13:44

Jackie Ormes

8/30/2019
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Jackie Ormes was the first Black woman to become a professional cartoonist. Her illustrations depicted Black girls and women in ways most of society refused to portray them at the time — glamourous, educated, opinionated, snarky, and with political awareness and social justice slant.

Duration:00:11:48

Melissa Mathison

8/30/2019
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By all accounts, ET is the movie that made Steven Spielberg a king of the film industry. But not enough people know about the woman who helped place the crown on his head. This is the story of Melissa Mathison, an exceptional screenwriter who gave sci-fi it's heart and whose influence and legacy are reflected on big and small screens to this day.

Duration:00:17:08

Margaret Sixel

8/30/2019
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On today's episode of Forgotten Women of Genre, we turn our attention to the woman who made action movie history with her editing on Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel.

Duration:00:15:01

Helen Gibson

8/30/2019
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Helen Gibson was a vaudeville and rodeo performer who earned the esteemed credit of being the first stunt double in film history.

Duration:00:12:19

Eiko Ishioka

8/30/2019
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From her breathtaking work on Bram Stoker's Dracula to the boundary pushing baroque madness of her collaborations with director Tarsem Singh, Japanese production and costume designer Eiko Ishioka created some of the most striking and revolutionary clothes ever seen on film.

Duration:00:19:46

Delia Derbyshire

8/30/2019
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Despite not being credited for it in her lifetime, Delia Derbyshire wrote the Doctor Who theme song and contributed a great deal of work to British TV and film through the late '60s.

Duration:00:14:40

Lotte Reiniger

8/30/2019
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With the release of Snow White, Walt Disney became an international success story, patenting his famous multiplane camera and reinventing animation into a viable format for a feature-length film, except someone else did it first and her name was Lotte Reiniger.

Duration:00:13:04

Milicent Patrick

8/30/2019
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Creature from the Black Lagoon is a science fiction classic and its iconic Gill-Man one of the most recognizable and famous monsters ever created. It should have marked the beginning of a long film career for creator Milicent Patrick. But thanks to an egomaniacal boss, it would be her last film before fading to obscurity.

Duration:00:12:10

Dorothy Woolfolk

8/30/2019
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As an editor at DC, Dorothy Woolfolk faced relentless criticism and misogyny, her impact diminished and dismissed at every turn by the men annoyed and threatened by her, but she's more than a footnote or cautionary tale of harassment — in fact, Woolfolk brought Kryptonite to the Superman comics.

Duration:00:12:42

Sarah Halley Finn

8/30/2019
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Casting is one of the film industry's most misunderstood processes, and it also happens to be a field dominated by women — but one woman, Sarah Halley Finn, gave us the MCU as we know it (and a plethora of hotties named Chris).

Duration:00:14:38