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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 308 Ratings

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.

    3.18 Emilia Plater: Poland is not yet lost

    3.18 Emilia Plater: Poland is not yet lost

    After her country was stolen from her, a young countess from Lithuania took up arms to get it back.


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    3.17 Sacagawea (3): A tool of divine direction

    3.17 Sacagawea (3): A tool of divine direction

    Sacagawea completes her journey to the Pacific and back again - making electoral history along the way - as well as looking at how she has been remembered by generations of Americans.


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    3.16 Sacagawea (2) Journey to the past

    3.16 Sacagawea (2) Journey to the past

    Sacagawea saves the Corps twice and runs into her family.


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    3.15 Sacagawea (1) Go west young woman

    3.15 Sacagawea (1) Go west young woman

    For me, there is only one woman in US history that truly fits the folk heroine bill, the one with more rivers, mountains and memorials in her honour than any other woman in American history - Sacagawea.


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    3.14 Njinga (3) Angolan Gloriana

    3.14 Njinga (3) Angolan Gloriana

    Njinga finally achieves ultimate victory and finally rules the nation whose throne she had assumed so many years before. But could she manage to safely pass the kingdom off to her chosen successor.


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    3.13 Njinga (2) Life on the Run

    3.13 Njinga (2) Life on the Run

    Njinga's brother dying put her in pole position to become Ndongo's first queen, but the route to power for women is rarely obstacle-free.


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
308 Ratings

308 Ratings

IthoughtIwasDale ,

Fantastic and very worthy of your attention

I was drawn in by the promise of a detailed history of the notorious Livia Drusilla - mother and supposed poisoner of the Roman Empire. I’ve worked my way through all of the Julio-Claudian women and move onto season 2 and a group of women I know much less about and had no real previous interest in, and find myself compelled to soak up every little detail I can.

Vallie Gilbertson ,

Absolute Best Podcast

I started out with the Queens of England a few months ago, binged that whole podcast, and was delighted to find James still at it with this podcast. I’ve now caught up completely - and the only bad thing about it is that now I have to wait for new episodes instead of listening to five or so a day, as I had been doing. Great work!!

SCHACHA8 ,

So glad you kept at it!

Finished The Queens of England during the pandemic and so so glad that you’ve continued on with The Other Half. I found the Roman ladies quite fascinating! The best compliment I could give is that listening to this podcast feels as though I am watching a movie rather than just listening to a podcast. I often reach for it and think for a second that it’s a movie series but it is in fact an audio podcast. Dear James, I love your dry wit and humility. Bravo and thank you.

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