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The London Match Girls Strike of 1888

 The London Match Girls Strike of 1888

The London Match Girls Strike of 1888 was an important labor rights event, when factory workers protested hazardous and unfair working conditions. See more »

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

 Mary Ann Shadd Cary

She was a black Canadian-American who became the first woman in North America to publish and edit a newspaper. She advocated against slavery, for better lives for free black people, and for women’s rights. See more »

Harriet Tubman, Union Spy (Part 2)

 Harriet Tubman, Union Spy (Part 2)

There was a whole lot more to Harriet Tubman’s life and work than her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. During the United States Civil War, she worked as a Union spy, eventually earning the nickname 'General.' See more »

Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad (Part 1)

 Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad (Part 1)

Most people are familiar with her involvement with the Underground Railroad, but Harriet Tubman was also a spy for the Union during the Civil War, among many other things. Untangling the truth from the myth is the trickiest part of her story. See more »

The Women of Bauhaus

 The Women of Bauhaus

While the Bauhaus school is well known, and its original manifesto proclaimed an environment of equality, most of the women who went to the school were ushered into specific courses, rather than given their choice of studies. See more »

WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 2

 WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 2

The duties of the women of the WASP evolved over time, and some of them were quite dangerous. And once the program ended, there were -- and still are -- controversies over whether the women involved should be recognized as military veterans. See more »

WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 1

 WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 1

The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII was formed to see if women could fly military aircraft, and potentially free up male noncombat pilots to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Our expert guest reveals that there's so much more to the story, though. See more »

Hildegard von Bingen

 Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard was a Christian mystic of medieval Europe who was way, way ahead of her time. If she had lived a few hundred years later, and been male, people probably would have called her a renaissance man. See more »

Our Most-requested Episodes (We Already Have)

 Our Most-requested Episodes (We Already Have)

We often get episode requests, but because there are so many episodes in the back catalog, some of the most common requests have already been covered. So in today’s podcast we’re going to hit the highlights on the episodes people ask for again and again. See more »

Katharine Dexter McCormick: The Money Behind the Pill

 Katharine Dexter McCormick: The Money Behind the Pill

Katherine McCormick made her mark in two different areas: She was a big part of the movement for women’s suffrage in the U.S. And, she was a huge — and for a while, almost entirely forgotten — part of the development of oral contraceptives. See more »