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Women make up half of the world's population, and yet history books often consign them to the sidelines. They are dismissed as merely the wives of powerful men; babymakers and nothing more. Yet women have been the driving force behind history for millennia, from female Pharoahs, warrior princesses and pirates, to the revolutionaries who sought to topple the male-dominated political systems of their day. From host of the popular 'Queens of England Podcast', The Other Half tells the forgotten and ignored stories of the most powerful and influential women in history.

The Other Half: The History of Women Through the Ages James Boulton

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Women make up half of the world's population, and yet history books often consign them to the sidelines. They are dismissed as merely the wives of powerful men; babymakers and nothing more. Yet women have been the driving force behind history for millennia, from female Pharoahs, warrior princesses and pirates, to the revolutionaries who sought to topple the male-dominated political systems of their day. From host of the popular 'Queens of England Podcast', The Other Half tells the forgotten and ignored stories of the most powerful and influential women in history.

    3.06 Tamar of Georgia: King of Kings, Queen of Queens

    3.06 Tamar of Georgia: King of Kings, Queen of Queens

    In twelfth century Georgia, a woman comes to the throne. Her people had never had a queen before, and the nation was surrounded by enemies. Tamar would have her work cut out to survive.


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    3.05 Hua Mulan: As useful as a son

    3.05 Hua Mulan: As useful as a son

    China has a cultural history rich in myth and legend - and none has shone quite so brightly both within and outside China than Mulan.


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    3.04 Trung Truc: Here come the drums

    3.04 Trung Truc: Here come the drums

    Across the Red River Delta came the pounding of drums. The clans of Ancient Vietnam were being called to war - and the clamour came from two sisters, the eldest of which would fight a great empire in the cause of Vietnamese freedom.


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    3.03 Boudica (2) A woman of many faces

    3.03 Boudica (2) A woman of many faces

    Boudica, after seeing her kingdom annexed and her daughters violated fights her final battle against the Romans. She may have lost it, but her enduring legacy has seen her attain the rank of folk heroinehood in England.


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    3.02 Boudica (1) Warrior Woman of the Iceni

    3.02 Boudica (1) Warrior Woman of the Iceni

    A former ally of Rome, Boudica led one of the fiercest challenges against Roman rule of the early Empire. Since her death she has been lauded as a British hero; but who was she, and why did she rebel?


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    3.01 Folk Heroines: The Women who Built Nations

    3.01 Folk Heroines: The Women who Built Nations

    Welcome to this third season of the Other Half! In this episode I set out what a folk heroine is, and why they are important.


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