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Classic Episode: 6 Black Feminist Pioneers You Should Know

 Classic Episode: 6 Black Feminist Pioneers You Should Know

Does feminism have a race problem? How have black women shaped abolition, civil rights and women’s rights? Join Cristen and Caroline as they recount the work of Maria Stewart, Daisy Bates, Flo Kennedy, bell hooks, Audre Lorde and Alice Walker. See more »

Rowdy Ronda

 Rowdy Ronda

Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey is the world's most successful women's MMA fighter and has even been called a feminist icon. Cristen and Caroline discuss her judo-fueled rise to fighting fame and why she's attracted feminist adoration and scrutiny. See more »

The Dead Ladies Project

 The Dead Ladies Project

In her new book, author Jessa Crispin travels the world solo, following in the footsteps of artists who’ve come before. Caroline and Cristen chat with the writer and Bookslut founder about trading complacency for carrying your own bag. See more »

The Woman Pharaoh

 The Woman Pharaoh

Hatshepsut was one of the most successful kings in ancient Egypt who also happened to be a woman. Cristen and Caroline talk with Egyptologist Kara Cooney about Hatshepsut's rise to power, why her legacy was erased from history and what women leaders today can learn from this fearless pharaoh. See more »

Why take Taylor Swift seriously?

 Why take Taylor Swift seriously?

One of the most powerful women in the music industry, Taylor Swift has amassed global legion of fans through her catchy songwriting, social media savvy and star-studded dating history. Cristen and Caroline take a look at the country princess-turned-pop powerhouse's incredible career and why her critics ignore her talent. See more »

The Mother of Thanksgiving

 The Mother of Thanksgiving

American Thanksgiving may have Pilgrim roots, but its modern-day celebration is the handiwork of an 18th-century magazine editor. For 30 years, Sarah Josepha Hale campaigned U.S. Presidents to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday and urged American women to cook a special turkey dinner every November. See more »

The Maestras of Classical Music

 The Maestras of Classical Music

In fall 2013, a Russian orchestra conductor sparked international controversy when he said that women cut out for conducting. Cristen and Caroline look at the male-dominated world of classical music and the women like Marin Alsop who are challenging the maestro stereotype. See more »

Hollywood Stuntwomen

 Hollywood Stuntwomen

Who are the pioneering stuntwomen who opened up this niche Hollywood industry to women? Caroline and Cristen take a look at women and stunt work then and now. See more »

The View on Barbara Walters

 The View on Barbara Walters

After more than 50 years on TV, Barbara Walters is retiring in 2014. Cristen and Caroline discuss her legacy as a pioneering female broadcast journalist and soft-news aficionado, and why TIME magazine called her the "Most Appalling Argument for Feminism." See more »

A Snapshot of Women in Photography

 A Snapshot of Women in Photography

Why is photography still a male-dominated industry? Listen in to learn more about women’s roles in the history of photography, including the work of Frances Benjamin Johnston, Margaret Bourke-White, Diane Arbus and other notable female photographers. See more »