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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 »

STEM Women Hall of Fame: Sci Fi Creatoress

 STEM Women Hall of Fame: Sci Fi Creatoress

In 1666, Lady Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, penned one of this universe's earliest examples - if not the first - of science fiction. See more »

Can science fiction save the world?

 Can science fiction save the world?

Science fiction writers like Octavia Butler and Ursula K. Le Guin have long used this otherworldy genre to confront discrimination and inequality. Cristen and Caroline chat with Bitch Media's Sarah Mirk about the power of science fiction to create the equitable future we'd like to see in the real world. See more »

Lady Writers: Zora Neale Hurston

 Lady Writers: Zora Neale Hurston

On January 7, 1891, acclaimed author, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston was born. Best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance and her 1937 novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God," the woman behind the writing is as fascinatingly complex as any literary heroine. See more »

Further Reading: 5 Fab Listener Recs

 Further Reading: 5 Fab Listener Recs

We cover some pretty interesting topics every week on the podcast. But with each episode clocking in at under an hour, we can't always hit every source or detail out there. Thanks to our smart and savvy listeners, however, we get great reading recommendations all the time to help supplement our weekly research. We want to share some of them with you. Here are five additional sources -- complete with [edited-for-length] emailed reviews -- from interested, interesting and in-the-know listeners. Share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments, and don't forget to give us a shout at momstuff [at] howstuffworks [dot] com. See more »

Women's Wanderlust

 Women's Wanderlust

Women who travel alone have long raised suspicious eyebrows for bucking convention in order to see the world. Cristen and Caroline take a trip from the 19th-century Golden Age of Travel to today to find out why women travel solo and whether their independent itineraries are really a safety risk. See more »

The Literary Reign of YA Fiction

 The Literary Reign of YA Fiction

For the 2014 Stuff Mom Never Told You Summer Book Extravaganza, Cristen and Caroline explore the massively popular world of YA fiction and its enduring appeal into adulthood. See more »

85 YA Books Beloved by Adults

 85 YA Books Beloved by Adults

We asked Stuff Mom Never Told You fans to tell us their most beloved YA books and authors, and these are the many titles they gave us. Happy reading! See more »

Why are women so bloodthirsty for true crime?

 Why are women so bloodthirsty for true crime?

In September 2013, TIME magazine asked whether murder shows are the "new soap operas for women," judging by the meteoric rise of Investigation Discovery, a 24-7 cable true crime extravaganza. Launched barely five years ago, Investigation Discovery (ID) has attracted an overwhelmingly female audience rabid for shows about horrific crimes, including lovers-turned-murders, housewives-turned-sociopaths and run-of-the-mill stranger danger. Now, ID claims the 8th-highest cable TV slot among women 25 to 54 years old -- but why? See more »

50 SMNTY Book Recommendations For Summer...Or Any Season

 50 SMNTY Book Recommendations For Summer...Or Any Season

It's that time again! Here's our 2013 SMNTY summer book recommendations compiled from what Cristen, Caroline and literary listeners are reading, as well as some titles we've cited in podcasts. It's a colorful mix of fiction and nonfiction with a strong focus on women...of course. And though the titles link to Amazon for the sake of convenience, if you see something you like, head over to your local bookstore! See more »