Stuff Mom Never Told You

How Wall Street's Original Joan Holloway Inspired Second-Wave Feminist Protests

Sixty years later as Women's Liberation was going full throttle, the anti-catcall tactic was less eye gouging and more man heckling with ogle-ins, like sit-ins with wolf whistles.

STEM Women Hall of Fame: Helene Deutsch

One of the earliest Borderline Personality Disorder researchers was the highly respected, Freud-trained Polish psychoanalyst Helene Deutsch - who, despite having been an outspoken advocate for women workers and abortion access, eventually became a controversial figure among second-wave feminists in the 1970s.

FUDs in the Field

Our listeners are no strangers to peeing while standing -- using female urination devices or stand-to-pee device, that is.

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.

America's First Gay Marriage Lawsuit

On May 18, 1970, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell walked into the Hennepin County courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota, intending to obtain a marriage license. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Baker already had been fired from an air force base for being openly gay, but the rampant anti-LGBT discrimination and harassment of the era didn't hold him back from attempting to marry his partner. The license was denied, and a Hennepin County judge upheld the decision with a nod to the Bible: "The institution of marriage as a union of man and woman, uniquely involving the procreation and rearing of children within a family, is as old as the Book of Genesis."

Further Reading: Sci-Fi Edition

Listener Story: Another Forgotten Woman Architect

In our Women in Architecture episode, we highlighted a few trailblazers who were making their way in the industry during an era when women were still by and large expected to be at home -- not out designing important structures around the world! Many of you chimed in with your own stories. One listener, Anna, told us about getting a surprising history lesson from her own house.

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."

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.

Best of 2014: Men Edition