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From witches to artists to revolutionaries; Phenomná is a feminist history podcast looking at Irish women who have been under represented or written out of mainstream history. It is presented by Maria Butler and Shaunna Lee Lynch who are both very excited to help share the stories of the Irish women who shaped the world we live in today.

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From witches to artists to revolutionaries; Phenomná is a feminist history podcast looking at Irish women who have been under represented or written out of mainstream history. It is presented by Maria Butler and Shaunna Lee Lynch who are both very excited to help share the stories of the Irish women who shaped the world we live in today.

    Kit Cavanagh the soldier

    Kit Cavanagh the soldier

    Kit Cavanagh was a bar owner in Dublin whose husband went out to pay a bill and never came home. A year later, she learned that he had been enlisted in the army so she did what any self respecting wife and mother of three would do.... she dressed up as a man, joined the army and went to try bring him home. Listen to this weeks episode for the rest of her adventure.



    Notes/ References

    Wild Irish Women Extraordinary Lives from History by Marion Broderick,
    https://www.pbfa.org/books/the-life-and-adventures-of-mrs-christian-davies-commonly-called-mother-ross

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Davies

    https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/the-crossdresser-from-dublin-who-tricked-the-british-army-1.3544764

    https://www.theirishstory.com/2014/12/09/book-review-the-secret-of-kit-cavenaugh-a-remarkable-irish-woman-and-soldier/#.XvDqJJNKjow

    https://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/cavanagh-kit-1667-1739

    • 29 min
    Teresa Deevy the overlooked Abbey playwright

    Teresa Deevy the overlooked Abbey playwright

    Teresa Deevy was a prolific playwright for the Abbey in the 1930s before going on to write for radio and television in Ireland and the UK. She also happened to turn deaf a decade before radio appeared in Ireland meaning she never heard any of her works performed. Listen to this week's episode to find out more about her "deevious" ways.  I accept that is a terrible pun but it's here now and there's nothing you can do about it....

    Notes/ References:

    “The Abbey Dramatists: 1926–1945.” After the Irish Renaissance: A Critical History of the Irish Drama since The Plough and The Stars, by Robert Hogan, NED - New edition ed., University of Minnesota Press, 1967, pp. 21–51. 

    Murray, Christopher. “THE FOUNDATION OF THE MODERN IRISH THEATRE: A CENTENARY ASSESSMENT.” Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS), vol. 4, no. 1/2, 1998, pp. 39–56. 

    Jordan, John. “Teresa Deevy: An Introduction.” University Review, vol. 1, no. 8, 1956, pp. 13–26. 

    Irish Times: 25 fearless women who helped shape today’s Ireland

    O'Doherty, Martina Ann. “Teresa Deevy and ‘Wife to James Whelan.’” Irish University Review, vol. 25, no. 1, 1995, pp. 25–28. 

    Walshe, Eibhear. “Lost Dominions: European Catholicism and Irish Nationalism in the Plays of Teresa Deevy.” Irish University Review, vol. 25, no. 1, 1995, pp. 133–142. 

    Teresa Deevey: the overlooked Irish playwright

    http://waterfordireland.tripod.com/teresa_deevy,_playrig.htm

    Teresa Deevy Archive: http://deevy.nuim.ie/about

    • 26 min
    Mother Jones, the most dangerous woman in America

    Mother Jones, the most dangerous woman in America

    After tragically losing all of her children to yellow fever, Cork woman Mary Harris became the mother of a movement. She mobilized tens of thousands of workers all over the US to strike, unionize and fight against harsh working conditions, labor exploitation, inequality and class warfare.

    Persistent in her mission to unite workers of all races, men, women and children, her home became "anywhere there is a fight".  The name 'Mother Jones' brought fear and dread to the wealthy land owners as she became known as 'the most dangerous woman in America'. Hear the full story of this hell-raiser now. 

    References/Notes: 

    https://motherjonescork.com/about/

    https://aflcio.org/about/history/labor-history-people/mother-jones

    https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/mary-harris-jones

    https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/mary-harris-who-became-mother-jones-the-united-states-fiercest-union-organiser-1.3017717

    https://www.motherjonesmuseum.org/information/who-was-mother-jones/

    https://www.biography.com/activist/mother-jones

    https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/features/mary-harris-the-cork-girl-who-grew-up-to-become-the-most-dangerous-woman-in-america-875279.html

    Autobiography of Mother Jones By Mary Harris Jones

    • 37 min
    Zandra Mitchell- Ireland's first professional saxophone player

    Zandra Mitchell- Ireland's first professional saxophone player

    Zandra Mitchell led the type of life that doesn't seem real. She left Ireland at a young age and toured all around the globe as a jazz musician. She shared the stage with jazz legends and lived the interwar jazz lifestyle. She was also one of only forty Irish citizens in Germany for World War Two.   Life is a cabaret old chum, so put on your pearls, pour your whiskey and come learn about Zandra's extraordinary life.



    Notes/ References

    https://www.herstory.ie/news/2019/8/29/zandra-jospehine-alexandra-mitchell

    https://presspack.rte.ie/2016/07/01/the-lyric-feature-162/

    https://www.thejournal.ie/zandra-irish-saxophonist-2496617-Dec2015/

    https://soundcloud.com/the-lyric-feature/zandra-a-sentimental-journey

    https://www.jazzireland.ie/blog/jazz-news/397-an-original-play-about-an-extraordinary-woman-of-jazz.html

    https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/phibsboro-philharmonic-frank-mcnally-on-a-famous-dublin-musical-family-1.4157912

    https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/new-to-market/coolmore-horse-haven-by-the-ocean-in-breezy-donegal-for-2m-1.3558978

    https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/theatre-arts/zandra-queen-of-jazz-extraordinary-story-of-an-irishwomans-journey-through-life-with-a-sax-38716299.html

    https://www.allaboutjazz.com/zandra-queen-of-jazz-at-smock-alley-theatre-alexandra-josephine-mitchell

    • 29 min
    Lizzie Le Blond, Mountaineer

    Lizzie Le Blond, Mountaineer

    This week Shaunna tells us all about Lizzie LeBlond who left a luxurious life in Greystones to become one of the world's first female mountaineers. She traveled to great heights especially considering that she didn't even know how to put on her own boots when she set out. Reese Witherspoon eat your heart out



    Notes/ Further Reading:

    County Wicklow Heritage: A Wicklow Woman's War 

    Women's Museum of Ireland: Elizabeth Lizzie LeBlond 

    Irish Times: Greystones woman climbed mountains in a skirt so not to offend  

    Irish Times: The Greystones woman who climbed the Alps in long skirts to avoid scandal

    The Royal Parks, Brompton Graveyard: Elizabeth le Blond

    Into the Jaws of Death: British Military Blunders, 1879–1900 by Mike Snook

    • 30 min
    "Typhoid Mary" Mallon the unfortunate cook

    "Typhoid Mary" Mallon the unfortunate cook

    This week we uncover the story of "Typhoid Mary" the unfortunate Irish cook whose name has become synonymous with disease and pestilence. More than just a pop culture reference, listen now to hear her full story.



    Notes/ References

    Dictionary Of Irish Biography: Mallon, Mary (‘Typhoid Mary’)

    “Controlling Typhoid Mary.” Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness, by Trevor Hopppe, 1st ed., University of California Press, Oakland, California, 2018, pp. 17–42.

    Chan, Kit Yee, and Daniel D. Reidpath. “‘Typhoid Mary’ and ‘HIV Jane’: Responsibility, Agency and Disease Prevention.” Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 11, no. 22, 2003, pp. 40–50. 

    Leavitt, Judith Walzer. “‘Typhoid Mary’ Strikes Back Bacteriological Theory and Practice in Early Twentieth-Century Public Health.” Isis, vol. 83, no. 4, 1992, pp. 608–629.

    BBC: How Typhoid Mary left a trail of scandal and death

    Washington Post: Yes, there really was a ‘Typhoid Mary,’ an asymptomatic carrier who infected her patrons

    • 31 min

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