Maria Tallchief was not only the first Native American Prima Ballerina, she was the first American Prima Ballerina. She was proud of her Osage Tribe heritage, and when told to change her last name, she instead opted to embrace it.
Susan la Flesche Picotte was a driven woman of the Omaha Tribe in Nebraska. She became the United States' first Native American doctor, and opened up the first modern hospital in Thurston County!
Wilma Mankiller encountered setback after setback, and still found a way to make a massive difference for the Cherokee Nation. She put women back on the councils, tripled tribal registration, and increased the revenue of the tribe.
Author of Beatrix Potter: Scientist, Lindsay Metcalf, joins us for this episode talking about Beatrix Potter and her life before and after The Tales of Peter Rabbit!
Some of the most haunted places in the United States are associated women women. In this episode we talk about the R.M.S. Queen Mary, the LaLaurie Mansion, and the Lizzie Borden House... Heather offers her unsolicited hot take about who she thinks really committed the Borden murders!
In this episode we discuss legends of famous female ghosts from around the world. From Dolley Madison, to Anne Boleyn and Bloody Mary! Listen for a dose of Spooktober!
Ursula Southeil, AKA Mother Shipton, was a prophetess, and suspected witch in the UK during the 1400s. Her hooked nose, and tall black hat are synonymous with our idea of witches to this day!
Lorraine Warren was a pioneer in the field of paranormal investigating. She and her husband, Ed, investigated thousands of cases of possessions, hauntings, and more. Their investigations have been the inspiration behind Hollywood hits like Annabelle, The Conjuring, and more!
Jackie Mitchell was a gifted athlete, playing basketball and baseball. She was offered a professional contract with a baseball team and her first outing was against the Yankees! Facing, and striking out Babe Ruth and Lou Gherig. Controversy surrounds the legitimacy of the outing, but we are certain they were the real deal!
Alberta Hunter was a legendary blues artist who traveled the world performing her signature style. After many decades of a successful music career, she decided to go into practical nursing. In her 80s, she came out of retirement to revive her music career in NYC
With the help of Kirsten Larson, author of WOOD, WIRE, WINGS Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane, we explore the life of the first woman to build an airplane.
After authoring 2 equality articles for the post WWII Japanese Constitution, Beate made her way to the US and embarked on a mission to bring authentic Asian performing arts to the US and Canada.
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree. After being refused the option to practice in already established hospitals, she decided to open her own clinic, with the ultimate goal of opening a medical school!
Mata Bhag was an incredibly brave woman. She led a group of 40 in to what was certain to be a challenge to defend The Guru in 1705. She is revered as a saint by the Sikh nation.
Bessie Coleman was the first African American and Native American woman to receive their international pilot's license. She was not only a high flying entertainer, but she refused to perform in highly segregated venues.
Margaret Hamilton, the woman who coined the term "software engineer", was instrumental in the success of NASA's Apollo 11 mission, among other missions.
Eva Ekeblad was a Swedish Noblewoman who was far ahead of her time. She revolutionized, and popularized the potato in Sweden, and found the most efficient way to make alcohol from it!
Lilian Ngoyi was known as the mother of the black resistance during the apartheid in South Africa. While she did not live to see the Pass Laws officially ended, she knew the tides were turning.
Caroline Herschel was the first professional female astronomer. She discovered comets, nebula, and more. Her meticulous documentations are still used to this day.
Jewel Plummer Cobb was a pioneer in cancer research, as well as in the administrative field. She dedicated her life to providing equal opportunities for women and minorities entering the STEM fields.
Dr. Gisella Perl was a prisoner of Aushwitz. She used whatever she had on hand to save the women of the concentration camp.
Nancy Wake led a life straight out of the movies. Her work during World War II was instrumental in the victory against the Nazis
Boudica led a rebellion against the Roman invasion of England around 60 AD
Gertrude Bell was an adventurer, archaeologist, and powerful political force who helped reshape the Middle East after the first World War.
She has been famously nicknamed, "The female Lawrence of Arabia
Isabella Bird was a British explorer, writer, photographer, and much more during the 1800s. She was fearless in her exploits.
Kate Marsden set out on a harrowing journey to Siberia to find a cure for leprosy, who would've known some of her more treacherous days would come upon her on her return.
Victoria Woodhull was the FIRST woman to run for the President of the United States of America!
Omu Okwei was a successful and prominent trader in Nigeria during the late 1800s and early 1900s. She became one of the wealthliest women in Nigeria.
Ching Shih, The Chinese Pirate Queen, is widely regarded as the most successful pirate in all of human history. She rose up from sex worker to revered and respected pirate.
Vera Figner, a Russian activist in the late 1800s-early 1900s did everything she could to make sure the Tsar, Alexander II, paid for the way he treated the poor in Russia.
The Mirabal Sisters, out of the Dominican Republic, risked everything to speak out against the tyrannical regime of Raphael Trujillo.
A Colombian activist from the late 1700s, who dedicated her life to speaking out against the hostile Spanish colonization Colombia.