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Avery and Rita are on a mission to share the stories your history books left out. Every episode they tackle the brave, complicated, courageous, and important stories of women you've probably never heard of, but you should have. Many of our episodes specifically highlight women of color and LGBTQ+ folks. Join us. Find your new heroes.

Avery and Rita are on a mission to share the stories your history books left out. Every episode they tackle the brave, complicated, courageous, and important stories of women you've probably never heard of, but you should have. Many of our episodes specifically highlight women of color and LGBTQ+ folks. Join us. Find your new heroes.

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United States

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Avery and Rita are on a mission to share the stories your history books left out. Every episode they tackle the brave, complicated, courageous, and important stories of women you've probably never heard of, but you should have. Many of our episodes specifically highlight women of color and LGBTQ+ folks. Join us. Find your new heroes.

Language:

English


Episodes

GENDER PIONEER - Karl Baer

11/26/2022
Avery and Rita read The Great British Baking Show for filth for the infamous Mexican episode. Then Avery tells a tale close to their heart. Karl M. Baer was born an intersex child whose parents raised him to be a girl, causing years of internal and external strife for him. As a young adult he meets Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, who changes his life forever.

Duration:00:55:47

SPECIAL EFFECTS DESIGNER - Millicent Patrick

11/11/2022
The hosts start the show talking about recording in the new podcast studio at the Spokane Central Library, and about their favorite episodes. Then Rita tells the story of Millicent Patrick, an actress, animator, makeup artist, and special effects designer who blazed a trail through Hollywood that included stints working for Disney and creating an iconic movie monster.

Duration:00:40:52

ACTIVIST - Pauline Morton Sabin

10/28/2022
The hosts discuss monetized feminism and then dig into the story of Prohibition and the woman who helped overturn it. Pauline Morton Sabin was a wealthy woman who switched political parties and became the voice and face of the movement to end Prohibition.

Duration:00:55:52

REPOST - Anna May Wong & Dieynaba Sidibe

10/24/2022
In honor of Anna May Wong being featured on the US quarter we are sharing her story again.

Duration:01:27:02

WARRIOR - Boudica

10/14/2022
The hosts give an update on what they did with their summer vacations. Then Rita tells the story of Boudica, a Celtic warrior who battled the Romans in Great Britain in 1st century AD.

Duration:00:53:36

SURGEON GENERAL - Antonia Novello

6/17/2022
The hosts discuss brutal honesty at the top & then Rita dives into the story of Antonia Novello, the first woman to become U.S. Surgeon General. A native of Puerto Rico, Antonia overcame health challenges & rejection to rise to the top of her field (with a few bumps along the way).

Duration:00:43:40

SUPERHERO - Wonder Woman

6/10/2022
Rita shares a moment of personal growth at the top of the show. Then Avery does something unprecedented for the show–they cover the origins of the character Wonder Woman and the first woman to ever write her, Joye Hummel, who went unacknowledged for 70 years.

Duration:01:10:50

PHYSICAL THERAPIST - Mary McMillan

6/3/2022
At the start of the show, Avery discusses gender affirming speech therapy & Rita has a revelation about her queer journey. Then Rita tells the story of Mary McMillan, often coined the mother of physical therapy. Mary pioneered the physical therapy model & established standards of care. She took her knowledge abroad to China, where she ended up in the crosshairs of WWII, landing her in a prisoner-of-war camp.

Duration:00:51:21

ACTIVIST - Barbara Waxman Fiduccia

5/27/2022
Rita contemplates when she should do the emotional labor of white people and when to step away. Then Avery tells the story of Barbara Waxman Fiduccia, a disability rights activist who focused her work on reproductive rights for disabled women and sexual health education. She also fought against eugenicist views on pregnancy and child-rearing among disabled women.

Duration:01:02:17

ATHLETE - Mildred "Babe" Didrikson

5/20/2022
The hosts start the show discussing why an eye for an eye isn’t the way to solve misgendering. Then Rita introduces us to Mildred “Babe” Didrikson, female athlete of the twentieth century. Babe was a powerhouse athlete who competed in track and field, baseball, basketball, golf, and more, winning tournaments, medals, and everything in between.

Duration:00:56:06

ADVOCATE - Tanya Zolotoroff Nash

4/29/2022
Rita & Avery have a tough conversation about a mistake Rita made that resulted in an accidental outing. Then Avery tells the story of Tanya Zolotoroff Nash, a Ukrainian immigrant who became an advocate for Deaf people and worked towards better Deaf accommodations in New York City for 35 years.

Duration:01:14:39

ACTIVIST - Jovita Idar

4/22/2022
Rita talks about her bucket list & Avery (yes, that’s right!) shares their philosophy on credit card debt (spoiler: who cares!). Then Rita tells the inspirational story of Mexican American activist, writer, teacher, nurse, and journalist Jovita Idar. Jovita spent her life fighting for the rights of Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants, and helped unite folks across the Southwest.

Duration:00:52:02

SCIENTIST - Dr. Carlee Purdum

4/15/2022
This week we are sharing our March Patreon Bonus episode, where AV and Rita sit down with Dr. Carlee Purdum, a research scientist at Texas A&M University who studies how hazards and disasters impact prisons and incarcerated people. The hosts learn a ton from Carlee, like the fact that Texas is one of 13 states that doesn’t provide air-conditioning to all of its prisons (and is one of the hottest states in the country). Carlee is working on multiple levels to address the inequities among...

Duration:00:46:09

CONDUCTOR - Antonia Brico

4/8/2022
AV talks about the next step in their transition (hint: it starts with T!). Then the hosts talk about a woman who should have had a stellar career in classical music, but, instead, was shut out again and again. Antonia Brico was a world-class symphony conductor who was the first woman to graduate from one of the most prestigious conducting schools in the world & was the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic, but that wasn’t enough. Also, there is a special bonus after the credits...

Duration:01:19:44

ZOOKEEPER - Helen Martini

4/1/2022
AV talks about the grueling training they're putting their wife through to become a firefighter. Then Rita tells the somewhat kooky story of Helen Martini, the first female zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo. Don’t forget that we have released our March bonus episode on Patreon, featuring an interview with Carlee Purdum, a research scientist working on improving the conditions in Texas prisons. You won’t want to miss it!

Duration:01:02:27

STRONGWOMAN - Charmion

3/25/2022
AV & Rita address criticism from a listener at the top of the show. Then AV discusses the complexities of body politics through the story of Charmion, a strongwoman who defied social norms through her body and her art.

Duration:01:13:40

REBROADCAST - Interview w/ Mary Cronk Farrell

3/18/2022
In honor of Mary Cronk Farrell’s book release next week, we are re-releasing AV’s interview with her. Mary is the author of 8 books about women you’ve probably never heard of, but you should have. The two talk about why they’re drawn to telling these stories, revisit Irena Sendler (S1:E17), and discuss Mary’s new book, Close-Up on War: The Story of Pioneering Photojournalist Catherine Leroy in Vietnam. The book is available in stores on March 22. Visit https://www.marycronkfarrell.net/...

Duration:01:07:06

DRUMMER - Viola Smith

3/11/2022
AV shares about some upsetting events that took place over the weekend. Then Rita introduces us to Viola Smith, one of the first professional female drummers and known as the “Fastest Girl Drummer in the World.” Viola made her mark in the Big Band and Swing era, but continued to be a successful professional drummer well into the 1960s and 70s. Subscribe to our Patreon to get access to exclusive content and swag. LINKTREE: https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:01:00:17

ADVENTURER - Barbara Hillary

2/25/2022
The hosts have a mini therapy session that begs the question: how much of yourself should you give to others? Then AV talks about Barbara Hillary, the first Black woman to reach the North AND South Poles. She was an inspirational, but complicated, person and some of her spicy comments got the hosts talking about some of the exclusivity in feminism. Subscribe to our Patreon to get access to exclusive content and swag. LINKTREE: https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:01:17:22

ASTRONOMER - Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

2/18/2022
The hosts discuss the bystander effect at the top of the show, then Rita tells the short, but impressive story of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin. Cecilia was a scientist and astronomer whose work is the foundation of what we know about the composition of stars today. She was also the first woman to become a full professor at Harvard University. Subscribe to our Patreon to get access to exclusive content and swag. LINKTREE: https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:00:53:45