135 episodes

What’sHerName puts the women back into world history. Hosts (and sisters!) Olivia Meikle and Dr. Katie Nelson are professors by day, podcasters by night. Weaving interviews with experts into vivid, nuanced biographies, What'sHerName tells the stories of fascinating women you’ve never heard of (but should have). Fascinating and funny, thought-provoking and insightful. New episodes biweekly Wednesdays.

What'sHerName Dr. Katie Nelson and Olivia Meikle

    • History
    • 4.8 • 417 Ratings

What’sHerName puts the women back into world history. Hosts (and sisters!) Olivia Meikle and Dr. Katie Nelson are professors by day, podcasters by night. Weaving interviews with experts into vivid, nuanced biographies, What'sHerName tells the stories of fascinating women you’ve never heard of (but should have). Fascinating and funny, thought-provoking and insightful. New episodes biweekly Wednesdays.

    THE BYZANTINE Irene of Athens

    THE BYZANTINE Irene of Athens

    From arriving at the port of Constantinople as a teenage bride to the heir to the Byzantine Throne, to exiling - and blinding - her own son, Constantine IV, to boldly crowning herself the first Empress Regnant of the Byzantine Empire, Irene of Athens' life was a wildly unpredictable ride through one of the most tumultuous and fascinating periods of medieval history.
    Olivia interviews archaeologist and historian Judith Herrin, author of Women in Purple: Rulers of Medieval Byzantium and Unrivalled Influence: Women and Empire in Byzantium.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 58 min
    THE BUTTERFLY IN THE SUN Mata Hari

    THE BUTTERFLY IN THE SUN Mata Hari

    A charming Indonesian orphan danced her way to fame and fortune... except literally everything about Mata Hari was a lie. She said she wanted to live like a butterfly in the sun. So in the end, could she really have been guilty of espionage? Katie takes us to Leiden to marvel at the incredible life of Mata Hari.
    Music featured in this episode provided by Doug Maxwell, Jesse Gallagher, Patrick Patrikios, Amulets, Offenbach, Jimena Contreras, BizBaz Studio, Wayne Jones, Quincas Moreira, ELPHNT and E’s Jammy Jams.

    Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here!
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 1 hr
    THE COUNTERFEIT COUNTESS Janina Mehlberg

    THE COUNTERFEIT COUNTESS Janina Mehlberg

    When Jewish mathematician Pepi Mehlberg was offered a new identity as Countess Janina Suchodolska in Nazi-occupied Poland, she took that chance and used it - to join the underground resistance, feed thousands of Nazi prisoners every week, and eventually rescue over 10,000 Poles from Majdanek concentration camp. And she was just getting started.
    Our guests are Elizabeth White and Joanna Sliwa, authors of the new book The Counterfeit Countess: The Jewish Woman Who Rescued Thousands of Poles During the Holocaust.
    Music featured in this episode provided by: Trialogo, Amanda Setlik Wilson, Kevin MacLeod, Esther Abrami, Myuu, Nico deNapoli, E's Jammy Jams, Adam Aston and Michael Levy.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 1 hr 1 min
    THE VOYAGER Hannah Masury Howe

    THE VOYAGER Hannah Masury Howe

    In 1867, a ship bound for California with 400 Chinese passengers signaled distress as it drifted in the Pacific Ocean. The ship's captain was a woman, and her mutinous crew had refused to sail the ship even though they were running out of water. How did Captain Hannah Masury Howe come to be in such a predicament, and how could she possibly save herself and the ship?
    Our guest is NYT bestselling author Katherine Howe, in this real-life high seas adventure.
    Music featured in this episode by provided by: Violeta del Carmen Parra Sandoval, Jeff Cuno, Elphnt, Emmit Fenn, Jesse Gallagher, Chris Haugen, Kevin MacLeod and Doug Maxwell.
    Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here!
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 51 min
    THE SOLID CITIZEN Frances Perkins

    THE SOLID CITIZEN Frances Perkins

    Frances Perkins, first female cabinet secretary in US history, was the mind (and the will) behind nearly every landmark policy of the Roosevelt administration's New Deal - so why doesn't anyone know her name? Bestselling author Stephanie Dray introduces us to this remarkable woman whose vision and relentless hard work would touch the life of every American for nearly a century.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 59 min
    THE EQUESTRIAN Anna Sewell

    THE EQUESTRIAN Anna Sewell

    "This was one woman with a very little life, who made the most enormous difference." Celia Brayfield shares with Katie the story of Anna Sewell who, on her death bed, wrote a story and changed the world.
    Black Beauty was no mere "horse book." It catapulted the cause of animal rights and became one of the bestselling books of all time. But Anna Sewell -a quiet, humble Quaker- didn't change the world by preaching: she changed the world by listening.
    You can find Celia Brayfield's new book, Writing Black Beauty, in our bookshop and support local indie sellers.
    Excerpts from Black Beauty were read by Cori Samuel and the whole book is free to download at Librivox.org.
    Music for this episode was composed and performed by: The Mini Vandals, Asher Fulero, Aakash Gandhi, Kevin MacLeod, Josef Suk, and Esther Abrami.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
417 Ratings

417 Ratings

Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!😝😜 ,

Beautifully researched, written, and presented

I found this podcast a few years ago while looking for stories about powerful women. Katie and Olivia have a way of telling stories about women I would’ve never known existed.

As women so often we only hear mens stories, as theirs were the only ones deemed worthy to be remembered historically. Getting to learn about powerful and influential women through such a fantastically researched and presented story telling is amazing!! I always feel so connected to the women who came before me.

Thank you Katie and Olivia!

Akela263 ,

Fantastic and informative

Keep up the great work and don’t listen to the snowflakes….

Sheebaelaine ,

Learning so much!

This is just the girl power podcast the world needed. I’ve learned so much about so many amazing women in just a few weeks (newbie). Anytime I come across a historical woman I want to learn about I always check to see if WHN has an episode on her. 10/10 would recommend! Also fun to listen while playing civilization 👀

Top Podcasts In History

The Rest Is History
Goalhanger Podcasts
American Scandal
Wondery
Everything Everywhere Daily
Gary Arndt | Glassbox Media
American History Tellers
Wondery
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
Dan Carlin
The Ancients
History Hit

You Might Also Like

The History Chicks
The History Chicks | QCODE
Queens Podcast
Queens Podcast
The Gilded Gentleman
Carl Raymond
Vulgar History
Vulgar History | Realm
Not Just the Tudors
History Hit
Noble Blood
iHeartPodcasts and Grim & Mild