Woman of the Episode

Episode 18


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Hedy Lamarr was an actress during MGM’s “Golden Age.” She starred in such films as Tortilla Flat, Lady of the Tropics, Boom Town, and Samson and Delilah, with the likes of Clark Gable and Spencer Tracey. Lamarr was also a scientist, co-inventing an early technique for spread spectrum communications—key to many wireless communications of our present day. (text from biography.com)

Episode 17


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 Lucy Stone – Introduced to us by our guest Alexis, Lucy Stone was the first female Massachusetts woman to earn a college degree (from Oberlin in 1847!), an abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and all around bad ass, who was an inspiration to more well known women like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.


Episode 16

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Emma Hart Willard – Pioneer for female education, textbook author, and founder of the school that brought your co-hosts together. Madame Willard dared to fight the notion that women shouldn’t be taught serious subjects like math and science. According to the National Women’s History Museum, “Emma Willard’s 1819 work on behalf of female education remains one of the founding documents of American women’s history.”

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Anita Hill – A noted attorney and legal scholar in her own right, Ms. Hill is, unfortunately, best known for accusing then Supreme Court nominee of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings in 1991. Her brave stance brought a lot of hate and ignorance her way, but her grace under fire and determination were inspiring. Although, Thomas was confirmed, Hill is often cited as the inspiration for many women to come forward about their own sexual harassment, and her highly publicized hearings caused a shift in what was considered ‘acceptable’ in the workplace.

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 Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Oh, come on, you know who RBG is! She’s notorious! (Sorry, we couldn’t help it.) Justice Bader Ginsburg is, of course, a Supreme Court Justice, who works tirelessly to uphold women’s rights (and other important causes.) She’s famous for many things, but has been quoted on our show at least twice saying, “People ask me sometimes, when — when do you think it will it be enough? When will there be enough women on the court? And my answer is when there are nine.”


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 Samantha Bee – The host of Full Frontal Mondays at 10:30 PM on TBS. She’s the only woman currently hosting a show on late night. (And only the second ever.) A veteran of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Bee has now taken center stage to give us her hilarious take on the week’s news.  She’s really funny, smart, and (refreshingly) unapologetically feminist.

Episode 14


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 Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Suffragette, author, and lecturer, Cady Stanton was the chief organizer of the Seneca Falls Convention (the first of its kind in America, and often referred to as the official beginning of first-wave feminism in America). She wrote the “Declaration of Sentiments” and many other books and tracts about women’s rights. She worked closely with Susan B. Anthony, yet for some reason isn’t as famous. (Unless you count the fact that Lindsay Lohan’s character in Mean Girls is named after her – which we certainly do.) Her birthday is November 12, and we think it should be celebrated! Help us think of ways to honor her!