Avery and Rita are on a mission to share the stories your history books left out. Every episode they tackle the brave, complicated, courageous, and important stories of women you've probably never heard of, but you should have. Many of our episodes specifically highlight women of color and LGBTQ+ folks. Join us. Find your new heroes.
SURGEON GENERAL - Antonia Novello
The hosts discuss brutal honesty at the top & then Rita dives into the story of Antonia Novello, the first woman to become U.S. Surgeon General. A native of Puerto Rico, Antonia overcame health challenges & rejection to rise to the top of her field (with a few bumps along the way).
SUPERHERO - Wonder Woman
Rita shares a moment of personal growth at the top of the show. Then Avery does something unprecedented for the show–they cover the origins of the character Wonder Woman and the first woman to ever write her, Joye Hummel, who went unacknowledged for 70 years.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST - Mary McMillan
At the start of the show, Avery discusses gender affirming speech therapy & Rita has a revelation about her queer journey. Then Rita tells the story of Mary McMillan, often coined the mother of physical therapy. Mary pioneered the physical therapy model & established standards of care. She took her knowledge abroad to China, where she ended up in the crosshairs of WWII, landing her in a prisoner-of-war camp.
ACTIVIST - Barbara Waxman Fiduccia
Rita contemplates when she should do the emotional labor of white people and when to step away. Then Avery tells the story of Barbara Waxman Fiduccia, a disability rights activist who focused her work on reproductive rights for disabled women and sexual health education. She also fought against eugenicist views on pregnancy and child-rearing among disabled women.
ATHLETE - Mildred "Babe" Didrikson
The hosts start the show discussing why an eye for an eye isn’t the way to solve misgendering. Then Rita introduces us to Mildred “Babe” Didrikson, female athlete of the twentieth century. Babe was a powerhouse athlete who competed in track and field, baseball, basketball, golf, and more, winning tournaments, medals, and everything in between.
ADVOCATE - Tanya Zolotoroff Nash
Rita & Avery have a tough conversation about a mistake Rita made that resulted in an accidental outing. Then Avery tells the story of Tanya Zolotoroff Nash, a Ukrainian immigrant who became an advocate for Deaf people and worked towards better Deaf accommodations in New York City for 35 years.
Love this podcast!
Listening to this podcast here in Australia and absolutely loving it! So many incredible women we should all know about!! Love it!
History is amazing!
Super fun, and neat to learn about women doing amazing things!