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NOW & Then: Women's Liberation Begins

 NOW & Then: Women's Liberation Begins

For 50 years, the National Organization for Women (NOW) has championed feminist initiatives and gender equalizing political policy. But much of its early developments and intersectionality have been oversimplified by the media and overshadowed by Betty Friedan's controversial legacy. Cristen and Caroline talk to NOW president Terry O'Neill about past pitfalls and immediate progress that got the organization and Women's Liberation marching toward the glass ceiling. See more »

Libido Liberation

 Libido Liberation

Women's sex drives and expression shift in response to a wide range of factors. So when libido dips, why are we so quick to pathologize it? Cristen and Caroline talk with filmmaker Maria Finitzo about her latest project, a look into female desire and women having agency over their own bodies. See more »

The United State of Women

 The United State of Women

In June 2016, the White House Council on Women and Girls brought together 5,000 changemakers from all over the country for the first-ever United State of Women summit. But it wasn't the first gathering of its kind. Cristen and Caroline discuss the inspirational highlights of the summit and trace its origins to the 1977 National Women's Conference that put long overdue human rights front and center. See more »

Feminism for Sale

 Feminism for Sale

The feminist movement has sold its activist soul to bodywash companies, maxi pad providers, pop stars and a host of other commodities hoping to cash in on its millennial appeal. In a live conversation, Cristen and Caroline talk to Bitch Media cofounder Andi Zeisler about marketplace feminism and her new book, "We Were Feminists Once." See more »

The Legal History of Sexual Harassment

 The Legal History of Sexual Harassment

The term "sexual harassment" didn't exist before the 1970s. Cristen and Caroline investigate the legal history of this occupational hazard and why it took the courts so long to criminalize it. See more »

ChangeMAKERS: See It to Be It

 ChangeMAKERS: See It to Be It

Dyllan McGee is one of the world's most important storytellers. Founder of the MAKERS online docuseries, McGee -- along with creative director Sammi Leibovitz -- captures the often untold biographies of female trailblazers from all walks of life. In this ChangeMAKERS installment, Cristen and Caroline hear from Dyllan and Sammi about following your passion, why no change is too small and how sharing MAKERS' stories shapes girls' futures. See more »

Iceland's Women on Strike

 Iceland's Women on Strike

On Oct. 24, 1975, women in Iceland went on strike to protest gender inequality. Cristen and Caroline go to work on how the strike happened, its impact and whether Iceland is the feminist paradise it's touted to be. See more »

9 African-American Suffragists You Should Know

 9 African-American Suffragists You Should Know

The 1902 publication of the "History of Woman Suffrage," co-authored by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslin Gage was a milestone in first-wave feminism, as it was the product of a massive effort to document women's continuing march toward equality and has since been a go-to source on American suffrage. However, many of the black women leaders who also rallied alongside white women for abolition, temperance and the right to vote were overshadowed or erased completely from the history book. In fact, Sojourner Truth the only African-American mentioned. The true history of the quest for the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, ratified in 1920, is incomplete without understanding the intersection of race and gender at the time in post-Civil War, Reconstruction-era America. After the passage of the 15th Amendment that gave black men voting rights, the mainstream suffrage movement underwent a devastating splintering in which many white suffrage leaders, including Susan B. Anthony, largely turned their backs on the enfranchisement of black women for fear of racial politics detracting from their gender-focused initiatives. Though by no means a comprehensive round-up of all the fearless, pioneering African-American women of the 19th and early 20th century who agitated for women's rights while simultaneously seeking to uplift black communities across the United States, the following nine women are a snapshot of incredible lives often overlooked in superficial histories of turn-of-the-century feminism. See more »

2015 Women's Year in Review

 2015 Women's Year in Review

A pair of special HowStuffWorks guests join Cristen and Caroline to look back at the highlights and lowlights for women and representation in 2015. From the Supreme Court to Star Wars, it was a major year for equality. See more »

Best of SMNTY 2015

 Best of SMNTY 2015

Cristen and Caroline look back at their favorite 2015 Stuff Mom Never Told You episodes and this year's important events and heroines we didn't cover on the podcast. See more »