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What’sHerName women’s history podcast is hosted and produced by academic sisters Olivia Meikle and Katie Nelson. Committed to reclaiming forgotten history, What’sHerName tells the stories of fascinating women you’ve never heard of (but should have). Through compelling interviews with guest historians, writers, and scholars, Katie and Olivia bring to life the “lost” women of history. Fascinating and funny, thought-provoking and thoughtful, What’sHerName restores women’s voices to the conversation. New episodes every two weeks.

What'sHerName Dr. Katie Nelson and Olivia Meikle

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    • 4.8 • 344 Ratings

What’sHerName women’s history podcast is hosted and produced by academic sisters Olivia Meikle and Katie Nelson. Committed to reclaiming forgotten history, What’sHerName tells the stories of fascinating women you’ve never heard of (but should have). Through compelling interviews with guest historians, writers, and scholars, Katie and Olivia bring to life the “lost” women of history. Fascinating and funny, thought-provoking and thoughtful, What’sHerName restores women’s voices to the conversation. New episodes every two weeks.

    THE QUEEN OF THE WEST Dale Evans

    THE QUEEN OF THE WEST Dale Evans

    She always wanted to make it to Broadway. Instead she became Hollywood’s most iconic cowgirl, roping and riding (and most importantly – singing!) her way into the hearts of millions of fans. So when your life is one giant triumph – but not the triumph you aimed for – what do you do? Olivia interviews Theresa Kaminski, author of the wonderful new biography Queen of the West: The Life and Times of Dale Evans.
    Music featured in this episode included: Aaron Kenny, Jesse Gallagher, Zacharaiah Hickman, Chris Haugen, E's Jammy Jams, Dan Leibowitz, and selections from songs by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans used by Educational Fair Use License.
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    • 1 hr
    THE BRIDGE Brigid of Kildare

    THE BRIDGE Brigid of Kildare

    St. Brigid tended an eternal flame in Kildare, Ireland, while caring for people, animals, and the earth. And though she lived 1500 years ago, her story is seeing a huge resurgence in the 21st century.
    Come on location with Katie to the Solas Bhride Centre in Kildare to meet Brigidine nun, Sister Rita Minehan. We promise a balm for your weary soul!
    Find photos, links, resources and more on our website.
    Guest Rita Minehan is a Brigidine Sister and a native of Co. Tipperary, Ireland. A secondary school teacher and psychotherapist by profession, she was a founding member of APT (Act to Prevent Human Trafficking), working to raise awareness about human trafficking. She has worked with women affected by prostitution and human trafficking in a variety of capacities, and has been involved with Afri (Action from Ireland)’s St. Brigid’s Peace Campaign and Justice and Peace Conference for nearly 30 years. As a founding member member of the Solas Bhríde Centre team, she has been involved in the creation of several initiatives, including its pilgrimage programme. A second edition of her book, Rekindling the Flame: A Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of St Brigid of Kildare will be published in December 2022.
    Music featured in this episode included: “Karitas” by Maria Jonas, and “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” “Love is Little,” and “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” by Fiddlesticks.

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    • 59 min
    THE NURSE Mary Seacole

    THE NURSE Mary Seacole

    What would it look like to live a life without fear? Mary Seacole’s story may hold the answer! She spent her life rushing from one catastrophe to the next, doing anything she could to ease human suffering – without a single thought for her own safety. From disease-infested Panamanian goldmines to the horrific battlefield hospitals of Crimea – Mary spent her life being “relentlessly useful” …but how on earth did she do it?
    Olivia interviews historian Helen Rappaport, author of the fascinating new book In Search of Mary Seacole. Thank you to Penguin Audio for allowing us to use selections from their delightful audiobook production of Mary’s memoir, The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands, which was performed by Yasmin Mwanza. You can also find the full text of Mary’s memoir online here.
    Guest Helen Rappaport is the author of In Search of Mary Seacole, The Romanov Sisters, The Last Days of the Romanovs, and many other critically acclaimed titles. She has been a full-time writer for more than twenty-three years, and in 2003 discovered and purchased an 1869 portrait of Mary Seacole that now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, sparking a long investigation into Seacole’s life and career.
    Music featured in this episode was provided by Minivandal, The Tides, Quincas Moreira, Aaron Kenny, the USMC Band, and Jeff Cuno.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    THE POISONER Goeie Mie

    THE POISONER Goeie Mie

    Maria Catherina van der Linden-Swanenburg – aka Goeie Mie
    The most prolific poisoner of all time couldn’t possibly have been a woman. Right??! Goeie Mie, “Good Maria,” was such a selfless and kindly nurse that desperate folks in 19th-century Leiden called her when they were sick, knowing she’d come even if they couldn’t pay. But they got worse…and worse, and usually died in misery. Goeie Mie had life insurance on all of them.

    Travel on location to Leiden, The Netherlands with Katie in this spooky Halloween Special! Our guest is Josine Heijnen, founder of Goeie Mie Gin.

    Listen to bonus audio in the Leiden Archives with Susan Suer.

    Find more information about our Lost Women of France Tour 2023 here.

     




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    Josine Heijnen holds an MA in humanities and studies history & theology – naturally she would end up having her own distillery, right? Maneuvering through the financial world right after graduating, she started distilling Goeie Mie Gin, named after Maria Swanenburg ‘the Leiden Poisoner.’ She expanded the business and now spreads these unbelievable-but-true stories in liquid form throughout Europe. (And more to come: do you know the greatest spy of all time, Mata Hari? Or ever tasted something called Radithor?)



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    • 40 min
    THE GRATEFUL DUCHESS Harriot Mellon

    THE GRATEFUL DUCHESS Harriot Mellon

    The richest, most famous person you’ve never heard of is Harriot Mellon. An icon of the stage in Regency England, she rose from abject poverty and abuse to become the wealthiest woman in the country. More surprising still: she was the sweetest, most wholesome soul you’ll ever meet. Katie interviews renowned historian Ian Mortimer.
    Explore the British Museum’s vast collection of objects related to Harriot Mellon here. Read the full two volumes of Harriot Mellon’s memoir for free here.
    Dr Ian Mortimer is the author of over twenty books on the history of England, which have sold more than a million copies and been translated into fifteen languages. He’s been described by The Times as ‘the most remarkable medieval historian of our time,’ and is best known as the author of the four Time Traveller’s Guides – to Medieval England (2008), Elizabethan England (2012), Restoration Britain (2017) and Regency Britain (2020). He is currently the president of the Moretonhampstead History Society and vice president of the Mortimer History Society. He lives in Dartmoor (Devon), with his wife Sophie and enjoys visiting historical sites and museums, studying local history, playing guitars, walking in the country and running.
    Music featured in this episode was provided by Asher Fulero, Sir Cubworth, Esther Abrami, Joel Cummins, Wayne Jones, and Emmit Fenn.
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    • 56 min
    THE CARPENTER Elizabeth Gregory

    THE CARPENTER Elizabeth Gregory

    When Sir Christopher Wren was tasked with redesigning Westminster Abbey in 1697, his extravagant vision was brought to life by Head Abbey Carpenter Elizabeth Gregory. In an era when men ruled supreme, this remarkable woman oversaw every one of the hundreds of carpenters working for the Abbey – for over fifteen years. Discover the mysterious life of Elizabeth Gregory, on-location with Westminster Abbey Community Learning Officer Aaron Paterson.
    Take a virtual tour of the Queen’s Gallery at Westminster Abbey’s website.
    Hear more behind-the-scenes fun from our 2021 Lost Women of England Tour here, or find more information about upcoming tours here.
    Aaron Paterson leads the Community Engagement programme at Westminster Abbey and runs a small media company supporting cultural organisations to deliver quality digital content. Alongside these roles Aaron is a trustee for SouthWestFest, a health and culture festival in Westminster, and sits on the working group for the Families in Museums Network. All of these roles are underpinned by a passion for the undervalued and overlooked stories that highlight marginalised people.
    Music featured in this episode provided by Solis, Choir of the Sun, Kira Zeeman Rugen, and the Archive of Recorded Church Music.
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
344 Ratings

344 Ratings

MySpecialGuy ,

A podcast gem!

I love this podcast! This show has changed how I view the world around me, which I guess is really the point. Thank you Olivia and Katie!

ColoradoMiks ,

Honestly the best history podcast

I’ve listened to every episode of this delightful podcast and have absolutely LOVED it. The hosts are fun, insightful and sincere. A rare combination. They do a wonderful job of covering a diverse set of women from all over the world. The guest are amazing too! Since they typically specialize in the topic they are discussing, they come across as interesting and passionate. Please keep going ladies! I’m always eagerly waiting for more!!

SCValles ,

Bowers Mansion Episode!

Eilley Bowers! I loved listening to this episode because I grew up in Washoe Valley and have heard so much info but never of this detail! Great job!

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