Dolly Parton: A Razzle-Dazzle Retrospective

On January 19, 1946, Dolly Parton was born in Locust Ridge, TN, and at age seven, little Dolly made herself a guitar and started strumming. Behind the big hair, big breasts and big country glitz, Dolly Parton has achieved one of the most successful, award-winning careers in music history, all the while remaining one of the most likeable celebrities from Nashville to Hollywood. Her secret? A lot of hard work and hairspray. For a more in-depth look at this incredible career woman and entertainment icon, listen to our Dollytastic podcast, "The Ballad of Dolly Parton."

50 Women in Comics You Should Know

Fifty women in comics you should know, including cartoonists, illustrators, comic book artists, web comic creators and all-around visual geniuses. Lovingly crowdsourced by Stuff Mom Never Told You fans. In alphabetical order.

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.

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.

5 Reasons Ebola Kills More Women

Why are 55 to 75 percent of Ebola virus casualties in West Africa women?

9 Women Arrested For Wearing Pants

In the 1850s, women's petticoats alone could weigh 14 pounds. With the addition of foundation garments, bustles, multilayered skirts and bodices, a fashionable woman's outfit could cross the 20-pound mark. In response, early feminists and social progressives began arguing for dress reform, and some daring women of the day donned bloomers and shorter skirts at the risk of arrest. Even after women's pants first entered high fashion in the 1910s thanks to influential French designer Paul Poiret, it took decades for trousers to trickle down into the daily wardrobes of American women. As late as World War II, women wearing "men's pants" might be nabbed by police for violating anti-cross-dressing laws, demonstrating how fashion isn't nearly as superficial as some might think.

7 Suffragists Who Helped Win the Vote

It's Election Day in the United States, which means we're in for hours of shouting and conjecture on the cable news channels. But it also means we get to exercise a right that was granted to us less than 100 years ago. For decades upon decades, suffragists in this country fought for the right to vote. They got their start during the earlier movements of abolition and temperance and, after finding their voices, pushed for women's equality. Ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment guaranteed all women the right to vote. Let's meet some of the women who paved the way.

Girl Gang Panic in the Pulp Fiction Aisle

Our podcast on Girls in Gangs, we noted how concern over girls' involvement in gangs first emerged during the juvenile delinquency panic of the 1950s, as evidenced by a slew of B-movies and pulp fiction devoted to girls gone gangster.

7 Cowgirls Who Ruled the Frontier

It's easy to be fascinated by these rough-and-tumble frontier women. Cowgirls defied the gender norms and expectations of their time, trading skirts for chaps and housework for horses. In the 1922 book "The Cowboy: His Characteristics, His Equipment," author Philip Ashton Rollins claims women weren't an important factor in the West because there were so few of them. Despite the existence of Calamity Jane or Cattle Kate, Rollins wrote that "ranchwomen's" influence was pretty much limited to their households. He never met these seven extraordinary women.

Domestic Violence: 7 Important Facts

Many people probably aren't aware that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.