FPPs Full of Women
December 6, 2017 9:44 AM   Subscribe

Who wants to learn about some rad women from history? I do! Here are some sources to get your daily dose of women across the ages, in whatever format your eyes, ears or brain prefers. If no other, give The History Chicks a whirl, but there are lots more ways to learn the stories of women who have made an impact.

The History Chicks (website, Itunes, Twitter: with an X!!!!) Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider, a pair of podcasters from Kansas City, have over six years of archives on notable women. Thorough and well-researched, they present the lives of the one you know and the ones you don’t know, and even the ones you already know have lots of details to round out their awesomeness. They provide resources if you want to learn more about the woman or women featured in each episode, and give a shout-out to local libraries.

You Must Remember This! (website, Itunes) A podcast by Karina Longworth focused on Hollywood figures, especially in the early era. Not all of the episodes are about women, but a glance over the archives shows that more than half are about women who made an impact on or behind the big screen.

Stuff You Missed in History--tagged “women” You probably know this excellent podcast by Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey, and many episodes feature women.

The Bitchery of History (website, Itunes, Twitter) In each episode, Allison and Max discuss not only one brilliant woman from history, but TWO!!!

Amazing Women in History A nicely done website by KeriLynn Engel with plenty of images of the women in question.

Google Doodles celebrating women Google has been pretty great about celebrating non-Western women and women of color.

Rejected Princesses (website, book) Fairytale-like illustrations by Jason Porath of the lives of women who are decidedly not fairytale material. Now collected into a book.

Weird Wonderful Women (Youtube channel, Instagram, Twitter) 6-12 minute episodes featuring many of the women that appear in other collections, but with images and supporting documents that provide context and richness to the women’s stories.

Top 10 Badass Historical Women You Probably NEVER Heard Of! (Youtube) Top 10 style countdown of women throughout the world who defied stereotypes. Most of the mini-bios mention a cinematic portrayal of the woman so you can watch more.

Extraordinary Women (Youtube playlist)

Women of History (Instagram)

History’s Forgotten Women (Instagram)

Les Culottées by Pénélope Bagieu: These graphic novel style mini biographies of women both living and dead originally appeared as a regular blog feature on French newspaper Le Monde’s website. Now collected in two volumes in French, the title translates to “Cheeky Women,” or literally “Women Who Wear Pants” (and are therefore out of the ordinary and thus defy expected roles). An English translation of both volumes in one is expected to appear in March 2018.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World and Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win, both by Rachel Ignotofsky. Stylized illustrations of women who excelled in sports and the scientific realm.

For your little feminists-in-training:
Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future and Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History, by Kate Schatz. Alphabet books for your grade-school through high school daughters and sons to learn about women in the US and in the world.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst. A descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst (who?), Kate Pankhurst has written and illustrated this book of biographies for the slightly younger set.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison. All of us could use learning about forty trailblazing black women in American history, especially with the charming illustrations.

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls Volume 1 Volume 2 by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, also available as a gorgeous boxed set.

Previously on Metafilter:
In A League Of Their Own
Picturing our scientific grandmothers
These women paved the way for a more just and compassionate world
(AskMe) Who is the most amazing woman who ever lived?
and in an event of utter coincidental timing, Look What You Made Them Do
posted by Liesl (6 comments total) 65 users marked this as a favorite
I follow @womensart1 on Twitter and it's so nice to see a new piece on my dash pop up every day.
posted by emjaybee at 10:42 AM on December 6, 2017 [1 favorite]

favorited. Thanks, Liesl!
posted by bigendian at 10:53 AM on December 6, 2017

I have the Rejected Princesses book; it's delightful. It's even marked with maturity leve;l and content indicators, so you don't run the risk of picking a princess to talk to a group of 5-year-olds, and start reading only to discover it's a tale of gory violence ending in righteous bloody vengeance.

(Favorited the post; I want to look over all the other links!)
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 1:38 PM on December 6, 2017

I've really enjoyed You Must Remember This. The writing and research are fantastic. Old Hollywood isn't an interest of mine, but Karina Longworth is so great at what she does I've listened to most of the episodes. Recent seasons on Dead Blondes, and the Black List are worth a listen.

Next in my queue is History on Fire's Sept 14 podcast about Chinh Shih, among the most successful pirates ever.

BBC4's In our Time podcast is about science, biology or historical topics, so not women per se, but each three person expert panel they assemble includes at least one woman, and the podcast is better for it.
posted by thenormshow at 1:54 PM on December 6, 2017

I listened to History Chicks’ two parter on Wallis Simpson during a road trip recently. I highly recommend it - so well done. Such good context and details. She was (as all people are) a mult-layered woman. I probably wouldn’t have wanted to be her friend, but she was much more than is generally portrayed.
posted by double bubble at 4:39 PM on December 6, 2017

Another online link: the storify collections of Mackenzie Lee's bygone badass broads threads on twitter.
posted by JBD at 10:54 AM on December 7, 2017 [1 favorite]

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