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Classic Episode: A Controversial Woman

 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!

 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 »

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 »

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 »