women's history

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.

28 Badass Women Born in May

Past and present movers, shakers and women's history makers born in May.

The Only Two Women on American Banknotes...So Far

When she replaces Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, Harriet Tubman will become just the third woman on U.S. paper currency. Who were the two greenback gals who preceded her?

The Lavender Menace

Betty Friedan, author of "The Feminine Mystique," once infamously referred to radical lesbian feminists as a "lavender menace" that threatened the credibility of the National Organization for Women. Cristen and Caroline revisit the homophobic rift within second-wave feminism and the development of lesbian feminism in the 1970s.

Margaret Mead

Nicknamed Mother to the World, Margaret Mead was an icon of cultural anthropology who laid an academic foundation for the sexual revolution and second wave feminism. Cristen and Caroline explore Margaret Mead's fascinating backstory, love life and intellectual legacy.

30 Badass Women Born in September

Movers, shakers and women's history-makers born in September.

The High Priestess of Soul

Nina Simone was a musical prodigy and civil rights activist whose iconic voice and style shaped the sound of modern jazz and soul. Cristen and Caroline explore the tempestuous woman behind the artistic legend and how racism compelled and complicated her career.

31 Badass Women Born in August

Movers, shakers, and women's history-makers born in August.

31 Badass Women Born in July

Movers, shakers and women's history-makers born in July.

Vesta Tilley, Queen of Male Impersonators

Dressed to the nines in gentlemen's clothing, Vesta Tilley (nee Matilda Alice Victoria Powers) became the queen of British music halls.