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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 ORACLE Pythia

7/15/2019
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Ancient kings and rulers from across the world traveled to the remote mountain town Delphi, Greece, to visit a nameless elderly peasant woman. They made the trek because she alone could see the future, and channeled the voice of god. Her words made world leaders change the course of their lives, but no one ever documented who she really was. Travel with us on location to Delphi, Greece, to reenact an ancient visit to Pythia, … The post THE ORACLE Pythia appeared first on What'shername.

Duration:00:54:52

THE PSYCHOANALYST Sabina Spielrein

7/1/2019
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Sabina Spielrein was one of the first female psychoanalysts, “invented” child psychology, and innovated some of the most famous concepts now attributed to Jung and Freud.So why don’t we know her name? Learn how an accident of translation (and some sexism and antisemitism on the side) erased this powerhouse from our bookshelves and our classrooms — and why it’s more than time to bring her back! Our guest is Dr. Angela Sells, author of Sabina … The post THE PSYCHOANALYST Sabina Spielrein...

Duration:00:40:46

THE POET Hester Pulter

5/6/2019
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In 1996, a graduate student working in a library in England discovered the manuscript of a novel and 120 poems by completely unknown 17th century woman writer. Hester Pulter had been hiding in plain sight for four centuries. Now a dedicated team of scholars is sharing her work with the world. “Then being enfranchised, free as my verse, I shall surround this spacious universe, Until by other atoms thrust and hurled We give a being … The post THE POET Hester Pulter appeared first on...

Duration:00:48:25

THE GIRL OF IRON Mary Peterson Ipsen

4/22/2019
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The story of America’s transcontinental railroad is a masculine saga. But today we present the story of Union Pacific’s most unlikely employee: a 12-year-old Mormon girl. Mary Peterson Ipsen was a Danish immigrant who walked across the plains to Utah territory and grew up in an isolated religious enclave. But when her father died and she had to find work, she found herself cooking for hundreds of men in the very center of “Hell-on-Wheels:” Jack … The post THE GIRL OF IRON Mary Peterson...

Duration:00:41:40

THE TRANSLATOR Malintzin

4/8/2019
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Malintzin has been one of Mexico’s greatest villains for 500 years. A native of Veracruz, she translated for Hernan Cortes, the conquistador who destroyed the Aztec Empire. But she did more than translate: she birthed his children, helped him win battles, and saved his life again and again as they trekked from the Maya coast to the heart of the empire. Through it all, she alone spoke for Cortes, and also for everyone he met. … The post THE TRANSLATOR Malintzin appeared first on...

Duration:01:26:07

THE WHITE ROSE Sophie Scholl

3/25/2019
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In Nazi Germany, resistance was not just forbidden, it was deadly. But in 1942, a group of young college students went from enthusiastic supporters of the Third Reich to some of its most vocal opponents, publishing thousands of leaflets calling Hitler a criminal, and attempting to start a student revolt. Though their dream of a revolution never became reality, their courageous stance in the face of evil has become legendary in Germany, and their story … The post THE WHITE ROSE Sophie Scholl...

Duration:00:48:01

THE WARRIOR Zenobia

3/11/2019
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In 3rd century Palmyra (modern-day Syria), the bold and brilliant queen Zenobia defied the Roman Empire and launched a wildly successful campaign of expansion, eventually ruling Arabia, Egypt, and parts of Asia Minor. But at her final defeat in 272, her story fragments into several curious and contradictory versions of “the end.” With guest Pamela Toler, author of the new book Women Warriors, we take on this history “Choose Your Own Adventure” style–examining the sources … The post THE...

Duration:00:27:33

THE OPTIMIST Émilie du Châtelet

2/25/2019
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Do we live in the best of all possible worlds? Émilie du Châtelet thought so, and set out to prove it with empirical evidence three hundred years ago. Raised at the lavish court of Louis XIV, she stood out like a sore thumb: while the women around her were glamorous, graceful and illiterate, she was clunky, fierce, and bookish. The story of her world-changing contribution to science is as delightful as it is surprising: part … The post THE OPTIMIST Émilie du Châtelet appeared first on...

Duration:00:36:59

THE MUSE Carolyn Cassady

2/11/2019
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Carolyn Cassady was an artist, costume designer, writer, and critical influence on the members of the Beat Generation. Her marriage to Neal Cassady and her friendships with Jack Kerouac and other prominent members of the Beats have long overshadowed her own life and accomplishments, but with the recent publication of new manuscripts discovered after her death that is finally beginning to change. An astonishingly talented and prolific creative force, Carolyn Cassady’s legacy of determination,...

Duration:00:29:34

THE SCULPTOR Edmonia Lewis

1/28/2019
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What if you had a vision for your life, but absolutely everyone around you told you it was impossible? Edmonia Lewis lived a life so improbable, that if we didn’t have the actual evidence that she really existed, we’d never believe it! The orphaned daughter of a Native American mother and Caribbean father in mid 19th century America, she set out on the most unlikely path: to become a famed classical sculptor in Rome, all … The post THE SCULPTOR Edmonia Lewis appeared first on What'shername.

Duration:00:46:35

THE FLY GIRL Ruth Nichols

1/14/2019
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Ruth Rowland Nichols was a pioneer of early aviation, the only woman yet to hold simultaneous world records for speed, altitude, and distance, the first woman to attempt a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, the founder of the Relief Wings branch of the Civil Air Patrol and one of the most famous pilots of the 1930’s (even more famous than her friend and rival Amelia Earhart). Her courage and daring made her a national … The post THE FLY GIRL Ruth Nichols appeared first on What'shername.

Duration:00:48:03

THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Ursula Bloom

12/17/2018
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Ursula Bloom wrote over 560 books, earning her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most prolific female writer. Born in 1892, Ursula spent her early years in Shropshire, England, the daughter of a clergyman. Her memories of childhood Christmases at the turn of the 20th century were published many decades ago in a local periodical, Warwickshire and Worcestershire Life. What’sHerName is pleased to revive Ursula Bloom’s charming memoirs of … The post THE CHRISTMAS...

Duration:00:22:12

THE AERONAUT Sophie Blanchard

12/3/2018
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On land, Sophie Blanchard was a timid, anxious woman who could hardly stand the noise and commotion of 18th century Paris. But after her first flight in a hot-air balloon, she was hooked, and would spend the rest of her life chasing the peace and freedom she found hundreds of feet in the air. The first woman in the world to fly solo in a hot-air balloon, she became so famous for her skill and … The post THE AERONAUT Sophie Blanchard appeared first on What'shername.

Duration:00:40:12

THE EMPRESS Nur Jahan

11/19/2018
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Nur Jahan was the only Empress in the history of the Mughal Empire. Reigning as an equal with her husband Jahangir, she was the only woman to issue executive orders, mint coins, or lead an army — and her tiger-hunting skills were legendary. Though she was one of the most influential leaders in 17th century Asia, for centuries her legacy has been reduced to a love story that ends where her real adventure began–at her … The post THE EMPRESS Nur Jahan appeared first on What'shername.

Duration:00:28:22

THE AMBULANCE DRIVER Maud Fitch

11/5/2018
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November 11, 2018 is the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. To mark this day, we bring you the story of one fearless woman and her ambulance. Maud Fitch, a cowgirl from the desert between Nevada and Utah, wanted to join up when America entered WWI. Unable to enlist as a soldier (she was a woman, after all!) she purchased an ambulance and shipped it at her own expense to France, where … The post THE AMBULANCE DRIVER Maud Fitch appeared first on What'shername.

Duration:00:48:12

WITCHES & MEDIUMS & GHOSTS, OH MY! The Halloween Special

10/22/2018
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In 1612, ten people were hanged as witches in Lancashire, England, sentenced to death because of the testimony of a 9 year old girl. The eight women and two men Jennet Device accused included her mother, grandmother, sister and brother, and the trial of Old Demdike and her “coven” would become infamous around the world. Guest Mary Sharratt tells us the story of the Pendle Witches, retold in her novel Daughters of the Witching Hill. … The post WITCHES & MEDIUMS & GHOSTS, OH MY! The Halloween...

Duration:00:59:26

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