Happy Women’s History Month! We can be strong, empowered women all year round. We know that, but I love March because I love the concentrated effort to highlight women’s history, strong heroes before you, and the up-and-coming heroes among us. Podcasts have truly exploded in the past few years, and I would recommend you entire podcasts about strong women, historical events involving women, et cetera, but nobody has time for that. Of course, these single episodes may introduce you to new beloved podcasts. Just know that I can’t be held legally responsible for what you subscribe to. Podcast at your own risk. 

Instead, focus on these seven specific podcast episodes that will help you get excited about women’s history month. In fact, they might teach you a thing or two. Get them wherever podcasts are available. All of these are available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. 

STUFF YOU MISSED IN HISTORY CLASS: Almost 100 Years of the Equal Rights Amendment

The first version of the equal right amendment was first proposed almost 100 years ago. This amendment has been through cycles of support and opposition, but one thing that’s held true is that the loudest voices on both sides have been women.

CRIMINAL: Carry A. Nation

At the turn of the century, Carry Nation was “America’s foremost lady hellraiser” and “the apostle of reform violence.” A radical member of the temperance movement, Carrie Nation was known for attacking saloons, bars, and pubs with a hatchet engraved with name. In her own words, she was “a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what He doesn’t like.”

STUFF YOU MISSED IN HISTORY CLASS: The Radium Girls

Between in 1917, hundreds of women got jobs applying radium-treated paint to various products. Many experienced severe health problems. Five former workers decided to sue the U.S. Radium corporation, and faced a campaign of misinformation.

LADIES, FIRST: A Role Without a Rulebook

From Martha Washington to Melania Trump, each first lady has changed, and is changing, the role for the first ladies that follow them. We chatted with Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University and Mrs. Bush’s former chief of staff, about navigating the role without a rulebook. 

HISTORY CHICKS: Seven Women Revisited

We’re revisiting seven colorful women and two of them are the most requested women…that we’ve already covered. We get asked a lot, “Can you cover Hedy Lamarr or Judy Garland?” Our answer? “We did back in 2015 and 2013 respectively.” We’ll also tell you the stories of five other women who are connected to each other in different ways: Josephine Cochrane, Melitta Bentz, Mary Phelps Jacob, Billie Burke, and Margaret Hamilton. Now that’s a dinner party guest list!

FOLLOWING HARRIET: Harriet’s Legacy Today: Strength, Courage, and Triumph

In this episode, we pull Harriet’s story and the story of the African American experience in 19th Century America right through to the present. We talk about why a movie like Harriet, and how it depicts the way she lived her life, is so important to us as Americans at this time. 

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member

LEGACY: THE ARTISTS BEHIND THE LEGENDS: Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist and poet active during the 19th century. She is probably best known for the fiction classic Little Women. Though Little Women is the story that put Louisa on the map, her career truly commenced at the start of the 1860s under the pen name A.M. Bernard, which we will learn a little more about later in the episode. Let’s dive into this week’s episode of Legacy and talk about the amazing Louisa May Alcott, a woman ahead of her time, and a force to be reckoned with.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member