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What'sHerName women's history podcast tells the stories of fascinating women you've never heard of, but should have. Through compelling interviews with well-known and unknown scholars, curators, authors and historians, hosts Katie Nelson and Olivia Meikle bring to life the forgotten women whose stories were left out of the history books. Fascinating and funny, thought-provoking and thoughtful, What'sHerName restores women's voices to the conversation. A woman's place is...making history. New episodes launch Monday mornings.

What'sHerName women's history podcast tells the stories of fascinating women you've never heard of, but should have. Through compelling interviews with well-known and unknown scholars, curators, authors and historians, hosts Katie Nelson and Olivia Meikle bring to life the forgotten women whose stories were left out of the history books. Fascinating and funny, thought-provoking and thoughtful, What'sHerName restores women's voices to the conversation. A woman's place is...making history. New episodes launch Monday mornings.
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What'sHerName women's history podcast tells the stories of fascinating women you've never heard of, but should have. Through compelling interviews with well-known and unknown scholars, curators, authors and historians, hosts Katie Nelson and Olivia Meikle bring to life the forgotten women whose stories were left out of the history books. Fascinating and funny, thought-provoking and thoughtful, What'sHerName restores women's voices to the conversation. A woman's place is...making history. New episodes launch Monday mornings.

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THE REVOLUTIONARY Mae Mallory

10/8/2018
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Mae Mallory was a radical civil rights activist, Black Power movement leader, school desegregation organizer and strong proponent of Black armed self-defense. Her passionate dedication to “solving Black peoples’ problems” changed the world, but her name is mostly known because of her false arrest and conviction for kidnapping an elderly white couple in 1961. After the verdict was overturned by the North Carolina Supreme Court, Mallory continued to work for freedom, autonomy and security for...

Duration:00:31:27

THE TRUE LOVE Dorothy Osborne

9/24/2018
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In this episode, a 17th-century tale of true love and extreme patience. Dorothy Osborne and William Temple fell deeply in love, but her family forbade the match. For years, while Dorothy’s creepily overbearing brother presented her with suitor after suitor of his own choosing, Dorothy and William faithfully sent each other secret love letters. Dorothy’s letters survive, and reveal the story of her escape from the clutches of her possessive brother in pursuit of “happily … The post THE TRUE...

Duration:00:49:20

THE SINGLE LADY Marjorie Hillis

9/10/2018
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Marjorie Hillis’ surprise bestseller Live Alone and Like It was a sensation when it was published in 1936. Determined to shift the narrative around singleness and encourage women to make active choices about their lives, Hillis used the insights gained in her decades as an editor for Vogue to empower single women to enjoy their single years instead of viewing them as an embarrassment. Her innovative ideas about relationships, female empowerment, friendship and career are … The post THE...

Duration:00:37:32

THE MARTYRS Perpetua and Felicitas

8/27/2018
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When your heart tells you to do one thing, and your parents tell you to do another, what do you do? 22-year-old Perpetua faced this dilemma 1,800 years ago in ancient Carthage. She faced a grisly death in an ancient Roman arena with her slave, Felicitas, at her side. Their tale is full of bizarre twists, gladiators, preemie babies, religious visions, and even a “most ferocious cow.” Our guest is Eliza Rosenberg, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow … The post THE MARTYRS Perpetua and Felicitas...

Duration:00:38:57

THE LADY NOVELIST Constance Fenimore Woolson

8/13/2018
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Constance Fenimore Woolson was one of the most popular writers of the 19th century. Her friendship with fellow writer Henry James would last decades, and her life would carry her from the East coast of America to Florida to England, France and Italy. Though her life was full of drama, excitement and fame, for nearly a hundred years she’s been known only for a story of her death. Our guest, Dr. Anne Boyd Rioux, is … The post THE LADY NOVELIST Constance Fenimore Woolson appeared first on...

Duration:00:48:12

THE ASTRONOMER Caroline Herschel

7/30/2018
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Hundreds of years ago, Caroline Herschel lived a real-life Cinderella story. Except instead of marrying a handsome prince, she became a world-renowned astronomer! Her brutal childhood was one of servitude, suffering and loneliness. Childhood diseases piled on the misery, stunting her growth, disfiguring her face and blinding her in one eye. But Caroline Herschel’s story is an incredibly beautiful tale of triumph and achievement. Her meteoric rise to fame for her astonishing astronomical...

Duration:00:37:22

THE COMPOSER Alma Mahler

7/16/2018
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Alma Schindler Mahler was a brilliant composer, pianist, and “influencer” who has largely been remembered only for the men with whom she had relationships. Her musical compositions are finally beginning to be recognized for their brilliance and performed on stage in the past few years, and her reputation as a “femme fatale” is long overdue for an overhaul. The “It Girl” of turn of the century Vienna, Alma Schindler was a famed wit, a renowned … The post THE COMPOSER Alma Mahler appeared...

Duration:00:31:12

THE BAKER Sally Lunn

7/2/2018
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Sally Lunn was born in France, but moved to Bath, England in 1680 to escape religious persecution. She brought with her a special skill: baking delicious brioche-style bread. Developing her own unique recipe, she sold her buns in the streets of Bath, soon becoming famous for the “Sally Lunn Bun.”Fast-forward 350 years to the 1930s: a baker in Bath with a love of archaeology decided to excavate the ground beneath his own house. What he … The post THE BAKER Sally Lunn appeared first on...

Duration:00:42:34

THE JOURNALIST: Claudia Jones

6/18/2018
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Claudia Jones (born Claudia Cumberbatch) was a journalist, Black Nationalist and prominent member of the American Communist Party. Emigrating from Trinidad to NYC at eight years old, she was an extremely well-known peace activist and worked toward civil rights and women’s rights in America. Arrested for giving a speech promoting peace and women’s rights, in 1955 she was deported to England. There she founded the nation’s first Black newspaper, continued her work fighting racism and … The...

Duration:00:45:30

THE SAXON: Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim

6/4/2018
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Living in Saxony 1100 years ago, in a culture much like the Vikings, Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim probably witnessed violence against women all the time. Violence was a part of society, and she retreated to an intellectual life. But there, too, she found violence against women in the ancient Roman plays she was reading. If she couldn’t change society, at least she could change the plays! She rewrote them, altering the plots so that the women … The post THE SAXON: Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim...

Duration:00:30:57

THE FAIR LABOR LAWYER Bessie Margolin

4/23/2018
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Bessie Margolin grew up in the New Orleans Jewish Orphan’s Home, was one of the first women to graduate from Tulane Law School and earned her PhD in Law from Yale University in 1932. Her groundbreaking work as Assistant Solicitor of Labor for the New Deal’s Fair Labor Standards Act championed many of the wage and hour rights Americans take for granted today and enshrined in law the basic human dignity of American workers. She … The post THE FAIR LABOR LAWYER Bessie Margolin appeared first...

Duration:01:25:23

THE MAID OF MONTEREY: Maria Ruiz de Burton

4/16/2018
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Maria Ruiz de Burton was a writer, entrepreneur and businesswoman, and the first Mexican-American woman to publish a novel in English. Born in 1832 in Baja California, Mexico to a prominent Spanish family, Maria Amparo Ruiz was fifteen when the Mexican-American war ended and California became part of the United States. She married the commander of the American forces that invaded Baja shortly after the end of the war, and his career took them … The post THE MAID OF MONTEREY: Maria Ruiz de...

Duration:00:37:19

THE REVOLUTIONARY ACTRESS: Sahibjamal Gizzatullina

4/9/2018
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Sahibjamal Gizzatullina was the first Muslim actress and theatrical director in the Russian empire, and spent her life touring Russia to share, through her theater, big ideas of cultural change. Most of the far-flung places she performed had never seen theater before. She spent her life on the stage, in Russia’s most turbulent time: through the reign and deposition of Tzar Nicholas II, both world wars, the Bolshevik revolution and the formation of the … The post THE REVOLUTIONARY ACTRESS:...

Duration:00:41:33

THE SISTERS: Jane and Anna Maria Porter

4/2/2018
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Sisters Jane and Anna Maria Porter were wildly popular writers–among the most widely-read writers in Regency England. (Yes, more popular than Jane Austen!) Their novels were on every British bookshelf, their poetry was popular and acclaimed, and Jane Porter’s historical novel The Scottish Chiefs would retain its popularity for nearly 150 years. So how did these bestselling icons of British literature end up nearly penniless and living as “professional houseguests” without a home to call...

Duration:00:50:48

THE SAGE: Gargi Vachaknavi

3/26/2018
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Are public debates like the feuds we see on Twitter and Facebook a product of modern society? Gargi Vachaknavi has long been remembered in India for her brilliant performance in a public debate 2,700 years ago. Her story offers a refreshing model for how to engage in heated ideological discussions: she didn’t just throw down an epic victory, humiliating her opponent. She did something much more clever! Our guest is Ravi M. Gupta, the Charles … The post THE SAGE: Gargi Vachaknavi appeared...

Duration:00:35:06

THE RADICAL: Lola Ridge, Modernist Poet

3/19/2018
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Rose Emily Ridge was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1973. After spending her childhood in Australia and New Zealand, she fled an abusive husband for California in 1907. Arriving in America, she promptly changed her name, her age, her nationality and her marital status and launched her new life as Lola Ridge, radical poet, anarchist organizer, and editor of the influential avant-garde magazine Broom. At her popular Greenwich Village salons she welcomed the country’s most … The post THE RADICAL:...

Duration:00:44:27

THE VISIONARY: Hildegard of Bingen

3/12/2018
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Nine hundred years ago, the young Hildegard of Bingen was given by her parents to the Catholic Church. She was literally “walled up” in a tiny convent, completely cut off from the outside world. But over the course of her long and varied life, she emerged from the walls to embrace the world. She founded her own convents and traveled across Europe on preaching tours. She spent decades caring for the sick and infirm, resulting … The post THE VISIONARY: Hildegard of Bingen appeared first on...

Duration:00:31:55

THE DISAPPEARING WOMAN: Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic

3/5/2018
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Adelaide Herrmann ruled the stage for fifty years as one the brightest stars of the Golden Age of Magic. After the death of her husband, renowned magician Herrmann the Great, Adelaide took center stage and toured for thirty years as one of the most famous magicians in the world. She was more well-known than her contemporary Houdini, and she continued performing until her death at age seventy-nine, when she was inexplicably forgotten for nearly a … The post THE DISAPPEARING WOMAN: Adelaide...

Duration:00:38:33

THE MUSICIAN: Mary Lou Williams

2/5/2018
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Mary Lou Williams was one of the most innovative, creative, groundbreaking musicians in the history of jazz. She was a brilliant and prolific composer and uniquely gifted pianist whose influence spans nearly the entire timeline of jazz music, but her name is almost never listed among the “giants of jazz.” Although prejudice kept her from achieving the recognition and fame she deserved during her lifetime, her contributions cement her legacy as a true pioneer of … The post THE MUSICIAN: Mary...

Duration:00:59:12

THE PHILOSOPHER: Margaret Cavendish

1/29/2018
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Four hundred years ago, Margaret Cavendish dared to contemplate the biggest philosophical questions of her day. Brilliant and bold, she wrote 21 books despite being dismissed or mocked by the almost entirely male intellectual community. A famously eccentric dresser, she and her husband hosted high-society parties at their fantastical castle, but she was also paralyzed by bashfulness and dreaded talking to people. She hoped that her intellectual works would lead to eternal fame, but she...

Duration:00:46:01