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 other Monday.
THE RANI OF JHANSI Lakshmibai
Rani (Queen) Lakshmibai of Jhansi never wanted to be a rebel. She did everything she could to stay on the right side of the law. But when the British East India Company finally pushed her too far, she took up the sword - literally - to fight for her kingdom, her son, and her life!
Guest Pamela Toler is back again to tell us about this incredible, unexpected heroine of Indian Independence.
GONE TO THE ENEMY
What if you got to witness the birth of the American Revolution personally? If you got to hear the founding fathers debating liberty, rights, and the pursuit of happiness around the dining table? Eve heard and saw it all…because she was enslaved by one of the founding fathers. Eve kept her ears open, her eyes down, and then, she made her move. Join Katie on location in Williamsburg, Virginia for the astonishing story of Eve, GONE TO THE ENEMY.
You can take an amazing virtual tour of the entire site complete with re-enactors!
Silhouette of Eve created for us by Mera MacKendrick. Used by permission.
Julie Richter received her Ph.D. in American History from the College of William & Mary in 1992. Richter has worked as a Historian for the Historical Research and Architectural Research Departments at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in addition to working as the Project Manager for Virtual Jamestown. She teaches courses on colonial and Revolutionary Williamsburg as part of the National Institute of American History and Democracy. Richter’s interest in studying historic sites can be seen in her work as the Project Manager for the American Colonial Experiences, a forthcoming National Park Service website that links colonial history with the places where it happened. She is a consultant for “‘Full of Slime and Filth’: A Historical and Geologic Analysis of The Link between Water Quality and Death in Early America,” and has received two NEH Fellowships in African and African American History and Culture from the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
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THE UNBOWED Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai was the first woman in Central Africa to earn a PhD, the first Black woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the mother of the Ecofeminist movement -- and that's just the beginning!
THE QUEEN OF THE COMSTOCK Eilley Bowers
You’ve heard of the Gold Rush. You’ve maybe even heard of the Comstock Lode. But have you heard of Eilley Bowers, the penniless Scottish lass who headed west, and while running a boarding house, struck the richest silver mine in American history?
THE EXILE Stefania Turkevych
Stefania Turkevych was Ukraine's first woman classical composer - then revolution turned her world upside down. With guest Erica Glenn.
THE ROUND-THE-WORLD CYCLIST Annie Londonderry
In 1895, Annie Cohen embarked on a quest to become the first woman ever to cycle around the world. Did she make it? Yes! Were the newspapers engrossed in her story? Yes! Did she actually… um, cycle? Sometimes!
By sheer grit, Annie made her life into something (literally) unbelievable. Peter Zheutlin, author of two books about Annie, shares the tale of a woman who “didn’t run away to join the circus; she became the circus.”
Annie Londonderry was given an obituary as part of the New York Times’ “Overlooked” series.
Newsreel and newspaper footage read by James Henderson, Marc Nelson, and Sam Henderson.
All images courtesy of Peter Zheutlin unless otherwise indicated.
Peter Zheutlin is a freelance journalist and author whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Parade Magazine, AARP Magazine and numerous other publications. He’s the author of the New York Times best-seller, Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway and Rescued: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living With Purpose, Loving With Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things and The Dog Went Over the Mountain: Travels with Albie: An American Journey. He’s also the co-author, with his wife Judith Gelman, of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars and Restaurant, of Mad Men and The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York: Inside the Cafes, Clubs, and Neighborhoods of HBO’s Girls.
He previously practiced law and taught legal research and writing at the Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Virginia Law School, workeas the Public Affairs Director of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, and was privileged to be part of the IPPNW delegation that traveled to Oslo to receive the prize.
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Hands down my favorite podcast of all time!
I'm ashamed I haven't written a review until now because this is the best podcast I've ever listened to. If you love history, feminism, and learning from people who are experts in their field - this podcast is for you! Katie & Olivia bring wonderful stories, music, and humor to each episode. And I always learn a TON! I can't recommend WHN podcast enough!!