Archive for 2019

Episode 142: Louisa May Alcott, Revisited

Posted 27 December 2019 by
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With the new Little Women movie directed by Greta Gerwig out this Christmas, we thought that we should take a look back at our coverage of the life of its writer, Louisa May Alcott. Louisa wrote the book based on life with her sisters, but how much of that life is reflected in the pages? One way to find out: Learn about her life! (Spoiler: There are quite a few differences.)

 

For the shownotes for this episode, please follow this link LOUISA MAY ALCOTT SHOWNOTES.

 

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Episode 141: Rosa Parks Revisited

Posted 9 December 2019 by
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Episode 140: Wilma Mankiller

Posted 26 November 2019 by
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Wilma Mankiller in her home in Tahlequah in 1996. Kelly Kerr/Tulsa World

Wilma Mankiller was an activist, an educator, an author, a mom, and the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. She did her part to share the rich, tragic, and resilient history of her people with the world, to improve the lives of her tribe, and speak out for civil and women’s rights. To say “what didn’t kill her made her stronger” isn’t hyperbole. She’s also the most contemporary woman that we’ve ever covered. Maybe if we start by keeping the stories of these smart, brave, and determined women at the forefront they will be household names to future generations. (more…)

Episode 139: Pocahontas Revisited

Posted 11 November 2019 by
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It’s National Native American Heritage Month here in the US and we thought it was a good time for a re-listen to our coverage of Pocahontas from 2017.

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Episode 138: Sarah Winchester and the Mystery House

Posted 29 October 2019 by
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Sarah Winchester circa 1875If you know anything about Sarah Winchester it’s that she built a peculiar mansion based on paranormal elements with gun money but…just hear us out here…there may be more to her story worthy of associating with her memory. Maybe, just maybe, the “mystery” part of the Winchester Mystery Mansion is: What was Sarah really like?

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Episode 137: Florence Nightingale

Posted 18 October 2019 by
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Florence, circa 1860 post-Crimean War

Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820, in Florence, Italy. Yes, that’s where her name came from and it’s only the first interesting thing about her!

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Episode 136: Mary Seacole

Posted 1 October 2019 by
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Mary circa 1871, with medals she didn’t earn, but it wasn’t illegal for her to wear and they really do spiff up her outfit, don’t they?

Mary Seacole was a doctress, an entrepreneur, a writer and very, very good in the room. She had a long, accomplished life and once had a brief brush with another woman of medicine during the Crimean War that has colored how some people see them both. It’s a shame when we can’t appreciate women’s contributions without pitting them against each other, isn’t it?

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Episode 135: Louise Brooks

Posted 17 September 2019 by
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Louise Brooks was a dancer, an actress, a film historian, critic and writer. In this episode, we also remember her for her perfect bob, her iconic flapper image, and the many ups, downs and farther downs in her life.

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Episode 134: Gilded Age Servants and Heiresses

Posted 2 September 2019 by
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Consuelo Vanderbilt, the Duchess of Marlboro, one of the women we cover in this episode.

As we got excited about the upcoming Downton Abbey movie, we thought back to the Gilded Age heiresses who inspired both the original TV show AND our podcast. Julian Fellowes and Beckett Graham both read the same book which prompted each to pursue projects based on it. Mr. Fellowes* created Downton Abbey and Mrs. Graham thought, “I should make a women’s history podcast!”

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Episode 133: Isabella of Castile, Part Two

Posted 20 August 2019 by
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Artist unknown, via wikicommons

Isabella and Ferdinand; she before he. The couple ruled together, but she was the one who created a centralized government in what is now modern-day Spain, and together they ended an 800-year holy war. It was she who funded slick sailsman (little nautical pun there), Cristoforo Columbo, to set sail to the Indies and it was she who hauled him back after he robbed, pillaged, enslaved and brought European illnesses to the indigenous people of Not-the-Indies. It was she who gave birth to five children, and she who supported the arts and education in her country.

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