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.
Well-Researched and Super Interesting Content
I love this podcast, the hosts are witty and entertaining. I have learned about so many fascinating women through this podcast that I otherwise would have never known about. The subject matter keeps me coming back for more. The hosts do a great job of research and really dig deep.
These two do an amazing job of discussing some really interesting women “and other folks” that have done so much for the world. Great job, I can’t wait to hear who you talk about next!
Empowering hilarious wonderful
Thank you so much for this podcast. And thank you to my friend Taylor for recommending this podcast to me. I wish I had met you both when I lived in Spokane. You both are amazing. So smart and funny. I crack up every episode. I love the podcast! It is so empowering to hear these stories from wonderful storytellers like you. Thank you for such a unique and needed podcast. And especially thank you for sharing personal stories even when it’s hard. People think these women don’t even exist just cause they don’t know about them but hey they do exist! Listen to this podcast people!! It’s the best.