We Heart: The Podcast Telling the Stories of “Cool Dead Women”

It’s important to know our “foremothers,” as Virginia Woolf advised us. Today, we all know her name. But what about Leonie von Zesch, a dog-sledding Alaskan dentist who cleaned cavities with hairpins? What about Alice Ball, the African American woman who discovered a cure for leprosy in Hawaii when she was only 24—only to have her Ivy-League professor steal the credit?

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Election Day Advice for Women

“You and I have to correct anything that is wrong—and we can always be heard.”

Rest in Power: For Ntozake Shange, Who Moved Us to the Ends of Our Own Rainbows

Shange’s potent words remain eternal. May her spirit, which she once described as “too ancient to understand the separation of soul and gender,” rest in peace and power. May the artistic tools she left behind for so many of us continue to cement her legacy and “move us to the ends of our own rainbows.”

Women Need to March on for Peace

57 years ago today, the Women Strike for Peace march planted the seeds that have blossomed into today’s women’s movement.

We Heart: The #VoteYourMainStreet Campaign to Preserve Feminist History in Seneca Falls

The first American women’s rights convention, which produced the historic Declaration of Sentiments and led to a series of women’s rights conventions, took place at the Seneca Knitting Mill. 170 years later, the National Women’s Hall of Fame wants to set up shop there in order to best honor the achievements of the activists who bravely sparked the modern women’s rights movement—but they need your help.

Modern HERstory: Five Trailblazing Women and Girls Leading the Fight for Equality Worldwide

Despite making huge contributions to the liberation movements of the last century and today, these trailblazers come from backgrounds and communities that are traditionally overlooked and under-celebrated. These are their stories.

Rest in Power: Feminist Filmmaker Audrey Wells Brought Women’s Lives to the Big Screen

After a courageous and years-long battle with cancer, feminist filmmaker and activist Audrey Wells has passed away at 58 years old.

Examining Modern-Day Witch Hunts

The most merciless and widespread European witch hunts occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries, and are presumably a thing of the past. Author and feminist historian Silvia Federici is working to keep those memories alive—because only by examining the parallels between history and the present can we prevent that level of brutality from being unleashed again.

What the Stories of the “Broadcast 41” Reveal About the #MeToo Movement

In the late 1940s, the Cold War closed in around a small but potentially powerful cohort of successful women in film and broadcasting, and a conservative backlash began to take shape. As a new backlash coalesces in response to the #MeToo movement, their stories tell us much about repression, resistance and resilience.

Rest in Power: Paying Respect to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

“Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, is dead.” That line plays in my mind like a badly scratched record, hiccupping at one point—“is dead, is dead, is dead” repeating itself over and over again.

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