Posts Tagged Women’s History

Episode 172: Women of the Wild West, Revisted

Posted 2 March 2021 by
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First up: Calamity Jane


Belle Starr


And we end with end with Kansas City’s own, Annie Chambers

After spending so much time talking about the Harvey Girls and Fred Harvey, we got to thinking of their contemporaries and compiled three of their stories into this one episode. Calamity Jane, Belle Starr, and Annie Chambers were brave women who made a name for themselves on paths that were far from the norm. We love that! Okay, so they may have been a bit controversial, but that’s what made them so much fun to talk about.

Belle and Jane were from a 2018 episode, and Annie goes waaaaay back to 2012. If you’re still hankerin’ for more Women of the Wild West, may we direct you to Episode 92, Annie Oakley?

For recommendations and things discussed in this episode, visit the Belle Starr and Calamity Jane or Annie Chambers shownotes.

Episode 167: Charlotte Brontë, Revisted

Posted 7 December 2020 by
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A familiar portrait of  Charlotte, a chalk drawing by George Richmond in 1850. wikicommons

This week we’re revisiting our discussion of the life of Charlotte Brontë (entirely because we made a gamble and lost–explanation in the first minute of the episode.) Charlotte didn’t let her circumstances and the discouragement of others stand in the way of her goal of becoming a published author; she got knocked down over and over before she was able to present the world with one of the most beloved heroines in literary history. Along the way, we have a chance to talk about the lives of her literary sisters: Emily and Anne.

If you’re in our private Facebook group, The History Chicks Lounge, Charlotte is the subject of this week’s Sunday Bake Parade. Early in the pandemic, the group started a weekly baking challenge based on a shared weekly theme of a former subject. Each Sunday the new subject is revealed and, over the course of the week. we get inspired by her and bake (or cook, or mix…we’re pretty loose with the definition of “bake”) and snap a picture of our creation. On the following Sunday, we have a show-and-tell of our bakes and explain how the subject inspired us. It could be her era, area, maybe a recipe we know she made, or something named after her…whatever motivated us to create. Repeat. You should come play! Join us HERE by answering a very simple question.

If this is the first time you’ve joined us for this episode, you can find all the links and recommendations for media (and more) in the original Shownotes!

Episode 164: Wonder Woman, Part One

Posted 31 October 2020 by
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Little Ears warning: Parents may want to preview this episode, we discuss several adult themes including suicide, alternative lifestyles, and…” adult play.” 

We step back from reality (sorta) to talk about the many lives of Wonder Woman, her original creator William Moulton Marston, the women who originally inspired the superhero, and the creators who recrafted her to suit their own visions. It’s a heck of a ride. And there is a Little Ears warning–you know how cartoons often have adult themes and jokes that go right over the heads of little kids? We talk about some of Wonder Woman’s in these two episodes–oh yeah, two! There’s A LOT to talk about, her story begins in the early 1900s and hasn’t ended yet! (more…)

Episode 163: Belva Lockwood and Shirley Chisholm, Revisited

Posted 12 October 2020 by
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Belva Lockwood was the first qualified woman to run for President of the United States and she did it while suffragists were still battling for the vote in 1884 and 1888.


Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman to run for POTUS in 1972 and the first female nominee for the Democratic party.


This week we divide and conquer to give you a remastered two-fer of glass-ceiling crashing women in US politics. Beckett shares the life of Belva Lockwood and Susan talks about Shirley Chisholm in this mini-series of women who ran for the office of POTUS. (more…)

Episode 161: Q&A Three

Posted 15 September 2020 by
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It’s been over four years since we last stepped from behind the curtain to answer questions from the other end of the mic. We put out a call in our private Facebook group, The History Chicks Lounge for questions not answered in either of our two previous Q&A episodes…and the response was fast and overwhelming! Unless you like six-hour podcasts, there isn’t time to answer all those questions in one episode, but we narrowed down the list, combined some similar ones, and then threw some of our own into the discussion after we hit RECORD. (more…)

Episode 159: Empress Sisi of Austria, Part One

Posted 17 August 2020 by
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Sisi as a newlywed circa 1855 

Empress Sisi’s story often reads like a fairytale…usually because a lot of the coverage of her life is fiction. The basics do parallel those tales: a vivacious, beautiful young woman is chosen from all the lands as the love of the Austrian emperor. As a beloved Empress, she adds fresh energy to Viennese court while riding horses, maintaining her youthful energy, being a fashion icon, and raising a family.

But the reality behind that lovely facade is a little darker, a little sadder, and did not end in a “happily ever after.” (more…)

Episode 158: Marie Curie Double Episode Revisit

Posted 3 August 2020 by
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Marie, the real one, 1903

With the release of Amazon Prime’s new movie, Radioactive, we thought a revisit to Marie Curie’s real life was in order. Since Prime put her story into one movie, we thought it was fitting to combine both parts of our 2016 coverage into one episode. Think of it as an audiobook with several chapter breaks. For shownotes, recommendations, and links to the things we talked about in this double-episode, visit the original MARIE CURIE PART TWO (or PART ONE if you want to read her story from the beginning.)




Intermission song: Made of Stars, Xavier and Ophelia; End song: Marie Curie, The Crypts used with permission from MusicAlley

Break music: Awakening, Keri Newdingate, used with permission from iLicenseMusic


Episode 143: Maria Montessori

Posted 9 January 2020 by
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Maria, circa 1913, early 40s. public domain

Maria Montessori was born on August 31, 1870, in Chiaravalle, Italy, the only child of Alessandro and Renilde Montessori. That very same year, Italy became a unified country and her father worked in Rome with that new government. Her mother was from a wealthy family who had bucked convention and “allowed” their bright daughter to become as educated as possible. While conventional society didn’t allow Renilde to pursue a career, it didn’t stop her from raising her own bright daughter to aspire to one. (more…)

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!”


Episode 130: Revisiting Joan of Arc

Posted 9 July 2019 by
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By Albert Lynch, 1903 for Figaro magazine.

We thought that it was high time to take a trip back and revisit the life of brave teenager turned saint, Joan of Arc! We’ve both been thinking about her recently (which may be a bonus hint to our next episode)(it’s totally a bonus hint for our next episode) and realized how strong, brave and resilient she was in her very short life.

Here is a link to the original shownotes from this episode: JOAN OF ARC

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