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Classic Episode: A Revisionist History of Abortion, Part 2

Raised during the Progressive Era crusade against abortion, Margaret Sanger devoted her life to making birth control and familiy planning accessible to women from all walks of life. In this second installment of the two-part cultural and legal history of abortion, Cristen and Caroline highlight Sanger's legacy and eugenics controversy and how the development of Planned Parenthood coincided with midcentury women's fight to access abortion by whatever means necessary. See more »

Classic Episode: A Revisionist History of Abortion, Part 1

In colonial America, early-term abortion was a way of life for many women. But by 1900, it had become criminalized across the country -- but not for reasons you'd expect. In this two-part cultural and legal history of abortion, Cristen and Caroline time travel from ancient Greek herbal remedies to induce miscarriage to 19th-century abortionist Madame Restell at the center of America's first major abortion debate. See more »

Classic Episode: The Secret History of International Women's Day

International Women's Day, celebrated every March 8, is a holiday inspired by factory women going on strike for better wages and working conditions. Cristen and Caroline explore why the (sometimes fake) history of the commemorative day is central to working-class issues within feminism then and now. See more »

Classic Episode: Were mediums the first feminists?

What are mediums, and what did they have to do with the early suffragists? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the role of women in the spiritualist movement and divine its connections to feminism in this episode. See more »

Classic Episode: Women in Science: They Exist!

Why don't more women pursue science careers? Join Caroline and Cristen as they look at 4 female scientists you've probably never heard of, including Rita Levi-Montalcini and more. See more »

Classic Episode: Living Dolls: A History of Fashion Modeling

When did models begin strutting down the catwalk? Cristen and Caroline size up the history of modeling and how it's influenced beauty culture at large. See more »

Classic Episode: Social Justice Warriors

Can social media change the world? So-called social justice warriors, slactivists and hashtag activists think so. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline dissect social media activism and its backlash and ponder the perils of political correctness. See more »

Classic Episode: Transgender 101

What does 'transgender' mean? Is it the same as gender identity disorder? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the history of sexology, sex change operations and transgender identity, as well as why trans people are fighting for their civil rights. See more »

Classic Episode: A Controversial Woman

Who really was Susan B. Anthony, figurehead of American women's suffrage? In celebration of her birthday, Cristen and Caroline explore Anthony's fascinating biography and the less well-known, controversial aspects of her singleminded crusade for the women's vote. See more »

Classic Episode: Hey, Ladies!

The word 'lady' has undergone a reclamation of sorts in recent years, but it still carries a lot of baggage, thanks to its gender-loaded etymology. Cristen and Caroline get down to the history, use and varying meanings of what it means to be a 'lady' today. See more »