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THE CARPENTER Elizabeth Gregory
August 02, 2022

When Sir Christopher Wren was tasked with redesigning Westminster Abbey in 1697, his extravagant vision was brought to life by Head Abbey Carpenter Elizabeth Gregory. In an era when men ruled supreme,

THE ONE WHO STAYED Caty Taylor
July 19, 2022

What really matters in life? Family, love, kindness, freedom…? And if you had to pick just one, which would it be? Caty Taylor, enslaved at Montpelier Plantation, had to choose. Her brother was sold,

THE QUEEN OF CHOCOLATE Luisa Spagnoli
July 07, 2022

Luisa Spagnoli overcame childhood poverty – and the infamously misogynistic fascism of Mussolini’s Italy – to become one of the most famous and influential chocolatiers (and fashion designers!) in Eur

THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 WOMEN: 100th Episode Special
June 21, 2022

For too long, the story of human history has been a story of men. But how would the story change if we put the ‘lost women’ center stage? In our 100th Episode Special, we tell the whole history of the

THE TEACHER Lois Meek Stolz
May 31, 2022

When Lois Meek Stolz became a teacher, “children as small silent robots”-style education ruled the day. But her innovative vision, empathy for her students, and bold refusal to “do what had always bee

THE GLEANER Judith Sargent Murray
May 17, 2022

In 1790, Judith Sargent Murray became the first American to publicly argue that men and women were equal. Hailing from seafaring Gloucester Massachusetts, she educated herself, weathered some of life’

THE CONSTANT SCANDAL Valeska Gert
May 03, 2022

Even in the wildly eccentric cabaret culture of 1920s Berlin,Valeska Gert stood out. And though it would take nearly fifty years for society to “catch up” with Valeska’s vision – this unique and irrep

THE GOOD WIFE Elizabeth Bray Allen
March 22, 2022

What makes a good wife? In 1700s Virginia, there was one clear path for colonial women: Marry. Have children. Preserve the family wealth. Fail at this, and you’ve failed at life. But what if the famil

THE PHOTOJOURNALIST Catherine Leroy
March 08, 2022

When 21 year-old Catherine Leroy hopped on a plane in Paris, headed for Vietnam, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. Despite having no experience of either war or photography, Leroy was

THE NATURALIST Maria Sibylla Merian
February 22, 2022

  Germany was still burning witches when Maria Sibylla Merian daringly filled her 17th-century home with spiders, moths, and all kinds of toxic plants. Bold choices saved her from accusations of witch