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I Don't Know Her

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Amanda 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.

Amanda 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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Amanda 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

ARTIST: Debora Moore

2/26/2021
The hosts discuss monogamy & its challenges at the start. Then Rita tells about Debora Moore, a glass artist based in Seattle who is one of the first Black women to work in the field at a professional level. If you like our show, please support us: https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:00:52:27

JAZZ MUSICIAN: Melba Liston

2/19/2021
At the top of the show, Amanda shares an infuriating incident of "pushback" in her school against Black History Month. Then they tell the story of Melba Liston. Liston was the first woman to play trombone in a big band (that wasn't an all-female band), and went on to become a respected and prolific jazz arranger, who worked with the most well-known and beloved musicians in the game. From Dizzy Gillespie to Quincy Jones, Liston is the one who arranged the music that made these men as famous...

Duration:01:14:02

CHEF/RESTAURATEUR: Cecilia Chiang

2/12/2021
The hosts discuss the NY Times recent "Framing Britney Spears" documentary at the top of the show. Then Rita tells the fascinating & complex story of Cecilia Chiang, who revolutionized Chinese food in the United States. Please support our show by subscribing to our Patreon or buying merch on Tee Public. Find both on our Linktree.

Duration:01:16:43

ACTIVIST: Claudette Colvin

2/5/2021
Rita gets deep at the start of the show--she shares a question her therapist asked her that she isn't able to answer. Then Amanda shares the story of Claudette Colvin, a teen girl who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, nine months before Rosa Parks, and she was one of the plaintiffs in the landmark case that made segregation on public transportation unconstitutional. But her story was purposely overlooked and overshadowed. Support our show by becoming a Patreon subscriber or...

Duration:01:39:30

FASHION DESIGNER: Irene Lentz

1/29/2021
Amanda shares something personal at the top of the show today. Then Rita tells the remarkable story of Irene Lentz, a fashion and costume designer who became a one-named powerhouse, dressing the likes of Ingrid Bergman, Ginger Rogers, and Lana Turner. Her story is equal parts inspirational and tragic. Please consider supporting us by subscribing to our Patreon or purchasing items on our Tee Public store.

Duration:01:05:31

GOVERNOR & WAR CORRESPONDENT: Carolyn B. Shelton & Louise Mack

1/27/2021
Amanda tells the story of Carolyn B. Shelton, the first woman to step in as an acting governor of a state in the U.S. And Rita tells us about Louise Mack, a gossip columnist turned first female war correspondent. Subscribe to our Patreon to get this and other bonus content material! https://www.patreon.com/idkherpodcast

Duration:00:09:20

DIVER: Vicki Draves

1/22/2021
Amanda tells the story of Victoria (Vicki) Manalo Draves, a Filipino American woman who made history when she won two gold medals in diving, becoming the first Asian American to ever win a gold medal (and the first woman in diving to win two!). Bonus content includes discussions of mean girls, being petty, and some of the worst things the hosts did as teens. Check out our social media and subscribe to our Patreon: https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:01:00:47

MATHEMATICIAN: Amalie Emmy Noether

1/15/2021
Amanda makes an impassioned speech about why we need to do better at understanding how people become radicalized. Then Rita dives into the story of Amalie Emmy Noether, a German Jewish mathematician who continuously pushed against sexism and anti-Semitism in academia to eventually change the foundations of mathematical physics. Find out more about our show and support our Patreon! https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast Listen to the Bundyville podcast by Leah Sottile if you want to know more...

Duration:00:55:15

CHEF: Edna Lewis

1/8/2021
Our chatty hosts spend the start reminiscing over Christmases past. Then Amanda tells the story of Edna Lewis, the First Lady of Southern Cooking, and the true pioneer of the farm-to-table movement (at least according to Amanda). https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast Follow us on social media: FB: facebook.com/idkherpodcast Twitter: @IDKHerPodcast Insta: @idkher_podcast

Duration:01:19:51

ENTOMOLOGIST: Maria Sibylla Merian

12/25/2020
The hosts discuss their approaches to confrontation before diving into the fascinating story of Maria Sibylla Merian, an entomologist who was one of the earliest European naturalists to observe insects and illustrate them accurately and beautifully. Plus, some friend facts are learned! Learn more at https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:00:59:57

ACTIVIST: Mary Ann Shadd Cary

12/18/2020
The hosts weigh in on the asinine WSJ op-ed that criticized Dr. Jill Biden for using her rightfully earned honorific. Then Amanda talks about Mary Ann Shadd Cary, an outspoken activist, lawyer, and teacher who became the first Black woman publisher in North America and the first woman in Canada. More about I Don't Know Her, including our Patreon here: https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:01:18:59

INVENTOR: Margaret E. Knight

12/11/2020
They're baaack! Join Rita & Amanda as they discuss their Covid journeys, why they're forever Team Pacey, and an update on merch! Then Rita tells the delightful tale of inventor Margaret E. Knight. https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:00:58:13

Native American Heritage Month Re-Release: Freda Diesing & Elizabeth Peratrovich

11/27/2020
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we are mashing up two of our favorite indigenous subjects: Freda Diesing & Elizabeth Peratrovich. Diesing was an incredible Haida artist & one of the few women totem pole carvers. Peratrovich, a Tlingit woman, helped design & push through the nation's FIRST anti-discrimination law. Please consider donating this month to an indigenous charity, especially one that works towards helping women & LGBTQ+ folks. Stay safe, stay healthy.

Duration:00:58:27

Native American Heritage Month Re-Release: Lyda Conley & Susan La Flesche Picotte

11/20/2020
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we are mashing up two of our favorite indigenous subjects: Lyda Conley & Susan La Flesche Picotte. Conley was a formidable fighter for justice & the preservation of Wyandot cemetery. Susan was a the first Native American woman to receive a medical degree. Please consider donating this month to an indigenous charity, especially one that works towards helping women & LGBTQ+ folks. Stay safe, stay healthy.

Duration:01:02:17

SHARK LADY: Eugenie Clark

11/6/2020
Rita and Amanda spend the first few moments talking about cultural appropriation in costumes. Then Amanda introduces Eugenie Clark, an ichthyologist who became known as The Shark Lady. Eugenie discovered previously unknown ocean species, ran her own marine lab, performed research in more than 20 countries, published articles in National Geographic, was a bestselling author and much, much more. Check us out elsewhere! Sources: Archives of Maryland Lady with a Spear by Eugenie...

Duration:01:10:18

GYMNAST: Betty Okino

10/30/2020
Rita and Amanda discover how easy it is to be a successful podcast--provided you're a mediocre white man. Then Rita tells the story of Betty Okino, an accomplished gymnast who broke barriers and invented complicated moves that changed the gymnastics world forever. Support us by leaving a review, subscribing to our Patreon, and follow us on social media. Check us out!

Duration:00:58:10

MUSIC EDITOR: Else Blangsted

10/23/2020
Rita and Amanda talk about what it's like to feel invisible at work, then Amanda tells the story of Holocaust survivor and movie music editor, Else Blangsted. Her accomplishments and personal life are equal parts complex and fascinating. Subscribe to our Patreon and follow us on social media. Sources: The New Yorker Looking for Else The New York Times Patch.com Americansongwriter.com The Washington Post IMDB.com

Duration:01:42:24

CHIEF: Betty Mae Tiger Jumper

10/16/2020
Amanda shares her obsession with Jessica Simpson's memoir and how her body is treated by the media. Then Rita tells the inspiring story of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, the first and, as of 2020, the ONLY female chief of the Seminole Tribe in Florida. If you can, please consider supporting us on Patreon. You can also find us on social media and elsewhere.

Duration:01:05:05

FILMMAKER: Alice Guy-Blaché

10/9/2020
At the top, Rita shares an intimate moment with her mother. Then Amanda introduces Alice Guy-Blaché, credited as the first female filmmaker and perhaps the first person ever to create a narrative film. Support us on Patreon and follow us on social media! https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast Sources for this episode: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché Women Film Pioneers Project bio by Alison McMahan “Overlooked No More: Alice Guy Blaché, the World’s First Female...

Duration:01:34:39

EXPLORER: Ida Laura Pfeiffer

10/2/2020
We're back! And with a new, sleek format! Rita introduces us to Ida Laura Pfeiffer, an Austrian explorer, travel writer, and ethnographer who got her start later in life. Follow us on social media: FB: facebook.com/idkherpodcast Twitter: @IDKHerPodcast Insta: @idkher_podcast This week's episode sources: Rejected Princesses Outside Magazine Ida Pfeiffer - Encyclopedia.com Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History Ida Laura Pfeiffer - Peoplepill.com Wikipedia And if you want...

Duration:01:04:16