Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go.
Puppet? Manipulating social climber? Misunderstood? Deeply in love? However you see her, the fact remains that a king abdicated his throne, defied his family and lived in exile to marry twice divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson.
Since the musical Hamilton opened on Broadway we've been getting a lot of requests to cover the Schuyler sisters, Angelica, Eliza and Peggy. (You sang that, right?)
When Madam C.J. Walker solved one of her own problems, she also left behind a life as a laundress for one as a successful businesswoman, philanthropist and civil rights activists and she was able to take thousands of women with her.
Zelda Fitzgerald - the original Manic Pixie Dream Girl, muse of F. Scott, has been remembered as a trophy, a fashion icon, a mental patient, an author, and an artist. This unique woman lived a complex life that defies simple labels.
When we last left the Grand Duchess Catherine, she was feeling alone, unloved and unnecessary. She had just given birth and the child, Paul, heir to the Russian Empire, was ripped from her arms to be raised by Empress Elizabeth. Not cool, Elizabeth,...
Once upon a time there was a busy, yet highly compassionate and generous bachelor. He became known the world over, but lacked something in his life: a wife. Mrs. Claus often takes a back seat to her more famous husband, Santa, but it's time her...
Lillian Gilbreth inspired us. After talking about her life and accomplishments, we thought it was high time to introduce you to four more problem-solving women whose inventions we use every day: Josephine Cochrane, Melitta Bentz, Mary Phelps Jacobs...
Lillian Gilbreth should be remembered for any of her life accomplishments: psychologist, industrial engineer, author, inventor, and pioneer in the field of industrial psychology. From her collection of degrees to her equal partnership marriage to her...
Mary Queen of Scots got off to a good start: she was wearing the crown early and upgraded it at a young age (under the watchful eye of many an interested party), but once she started making decisions for herself? Ah, that's when her life took...
When we left Dorothy Parker in Part One, her life was at at a crossroads. Personally and professionally, she had stalled. It was time for some new beginnings. Dorothy's life wasn't all angst at a keyboard and clinking cocktail glasses,
She gave us fabulous quotes like, "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses" and "Brevity is the soul of lingerie," but Dorothy Parker's life wasn't all wit and snark. Behind those flip one liners there was a very complex woman who lead a full ...
In Part One we talked about Marie Antoinette's childhood, the speedy preparations for marriage and her early years in France. In this episode, the conclusion of our revisit, we get to the rest of her story as she travels from well-liked to queen to the...
Once upon a time there were two podcasters who began their women’s history show with an episode about Marie Antoinette. Four and a half years later they revisited her life simply because they felt there was more to say about this woman who has been lon.
Women who need to be remembered often have Lemon to Lemonade lives and Lydia Pinkham is no exception. The going got tough and she turned some herbs (and a wee bit of alcohol) into not only an empire but a leaping advance in women's health and education.
Once a season we obsess over a subject for our Fictional Episode and this time we let ourselves be carried away with Gone With The Wind. The epic book and movie is only part of the story of a free-spirited, rebellious,
Agatha Christie once said that she wanted to be remembered as, "a good writer of detective and thriller stories." We say she needs to be remembered for a whole lot more: daughter, wife, mother, pharmacist, playwright and adventurer only begin the list.
Her name is now often a punchline to a joke with the words "nutty" or "crazy" peppered liberally throughout. But in the simplest terms Carry Nation was a woman who boldly worked for reforms which she felt would benefit all mankind.
Take a musical trip with us as we revisit some of our favorite songs from Seasons 3 and 4. For each episode we select a song or piece of music that brings our episode subject to mind. Maybe the lyrics reminded us of her, the beat fit her life,
Welcome to part two of our chat about Elizabeth I. When we left, our fair princess had overcome 25 years of uncertainty. And now that she had outwitted, outlasted and outplayed these people-Elizabeth was crowned Queen of England.
Amelia Earhart wasn’t the only American woman who soared into aviation history as she took her dreams to the sky. Bessie Coleman not only set aviation records of her own, but the story of her ascent above racial and gender barriers makes her a woman wo.
Born in Kansas, a little girl grew to become an aviatrix whose name is still known around the world over 75 years after her mysterious death. While so many focus on her disappearance, we spent our time spotlighting the life of Amelia Earhart,
As a companion to Episode 38: Jane Austen, we got together and had ourselves a (mostly) proper book club meeting. Up for discussion - the first two published novels of Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
Bonus Material - a reading of the speech delivered by Elizabeth Cady Stanton during the first Women's Rights Conference in Seneca Falls - The Declaration of Sentiments.
Before there were suffragists to march and fight for the vote, there was Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Before she teamed up with another superhero for women’s rights, Elizabeth was a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother. Then,
In this episode we continue our chat about the many acts in the life of Josephine Baker. When the house lights went up we were biting our nails! Would her homeland love and appreciate her as much as the people of other continents?
Warning! Saucy subject material! Josephine Baker is often remembered simply as the woman who danced wearing nothing but a skirt of bananas in Paris during the 1920′s. But her life was far from simple. She was not only a dancer and singer, but also a spy
Part One of our discussion ended with the very deadly coronation events of Nicholas II and Alexandra. Russia was heading into a dire economic crisis and Nicholas stated that he intended to continue his reign in the same manner of his father,
Every season we let you choose a winner in our Guaranteed Content Poll. We grant that request and bring Season Three to a close with your winner- The Romanov Sisters. But, we decided to give you more than you asked for and expanded on the topic to incl...
Often listed as merely an asterisk in history, Lady Jane Grey did have a part in the tale of the Tudors and in the succession of the crown. A teeeny tiny part, but a part nonetheless. Her young life and limited time on the throne may have been short,
In honor of what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday, we cover this most beloved of American icons. On television she boldly demonstrated the ease of preparing the foods that she loved. People have been learning to cook with her since her fir...
This minicast is a companion piece to Episode 28 - in which we take a chapter-by-chapter look at Lewis Carroll's books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, talking plot points, characters,
Once a season we step back from the factual historical world into the fictional historical world. This season, while stepping back, we fell into a rabbit hole of sorts and found ourselves becoming curiouser and curiouser about Alice. Alice in Wonderland,
We couldn’t tell the story of Clara Bow entirely in G-rated terms, so younger ears should probably skip this one where we talk about the original It Girl. What is "It"? Looks, charm, talent, and something special that attracts a wide range of people.
This episode was a surprise for us. We had planned on posting a minicast about Rosa Parks to tie in with the episode on Ida B. Wells. The women’s lives had several parallels and we wanted to highlight Rosa Park’s role in the civil rights movement. But
Ida B. Wells- born a slave, educated in a post-Civil War south and left to care for her family at an early age. She grew to become a teacher, a writer, a crusader, a suffragist, a wife and mother. A woman of strength and character who dared to speak u..
Despite press claims of being unsinkable, by 2:10 AM on the 15th of April, Titanic begins her journey to the bottom of the sea, taking just over 1,500 people with her. The stories of those people and the history of that night- that ship- continue to g...
In this minicast we discuss the life of of Henry VIII's most talked about wives-Anne Boleyn. Of all the six she lives on in story, speculation and fascination although she had a longer run attracting the Queen’s crown than she actually wore it.