women's history

Electronic Women

Whether playing the theremin or crafting soundscapes for your favorite TV shows, women have shaped the electronic music industry from the beginning. Cristen and Caroline examine the role of these synth pioneers and women's place in today's billion-dollar electronic scene.

50 Badass Women Born in April

Movers, shakers and women's history makers with April birthdays.

31 Badass Women Born in March

Movers, shakers and women's history makers with March birthdays.

Hollywood's First Female Directors

In 1896, Alice Guy Blache became the world's first female director who also went on to trailblaze a host of innovative film techniques. Just in time for Oscar season, Cristen and Caroline highlight a trio of women pioneers behind the camera whose incredible legacies were all but erased from silver screen history.

27 Badass Women Born in February

Movers, shakers and women's history makers with February birthdays.

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.

Mapping Women Explorers

Exploration has long be considered a manly pursuit, but a new generation of women explorers and adventures are changing that. Cristen and Caroline survey the women's rich and exciting history of exploration and how they've fought for the right the investigate the natural world -- even in petticoats and corsets.

Abolitionist Heroines

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, and in recognition, Cristen and Caroline discuss the often unsung women who helped set an enslaved people free, despite tremendous race- and gender-based prejudice.