She the People

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Railway companies made up yet another industry that excluded women from their ranks, but when Olive Wetzel Dennis became a civil engineer she wouldn't take no for an answer. The first female engineer for a major rail company, her decades long c
In an era where women were rarely given the opportunity to make an impact in science and math, Rosalind Franklin stood out among some of the most influential scientists of the era. After decades of being nearly anonymous due to her work being t
Marjory Stoneman Douglas's name has been thrust into the spotlight again recently due to the latest mass school shooting that took place last month, so we decided to learn more about that school's namesake. Listen to this week's episode to hear
Why haven't you heard of Pauli Murray? This accomplished lawyer, educator, and civil rights activist is one of America's most influential individuals of the 20th century, but her gender and sexuality likely kept her out of our textbooks. Learn
As the only formally educated person in her family, Mary McLeod Bethune realized how important access to education was. She became a successful educator, civil rights activist, philanthropist and businesswoman, all while serving as an adviser t
In the wake of America's Great Depression, Catherine Bauer Wurster published a book that forever changed how the United States approached public housing. An adviser to five sitting presidents, this "Houser" put a spotlight on the lack of qualit
Already a well-known, best selling author throughout Canada, Nellie McClung also had the goal of making sure women were treated as equals. Through an active role in government, and joining four other women to form the Famous Five, she was able
For decades, the steel industry was one of the most important in all of the United States, but despite the existence of unions, workers of all genders and races were treated unfairly. That's where Alice Peurala stepped in and became one of the
Prior to the 1930s, women had only served in the United States Senate as a sign of respect to the widowed wives of senators until a special election could be held. Then Hattie Wyatt Caraway came along and decided to "try out my own theory of a
Widowed at age 20, Sarah Breedlove was driven to do whatever she could for work to put her child through school. This drive lead to her developing a hair care empire that trained and employed tens of thousands of black women throughout North Am
Before becoming a 14-term (and still going!) delegate representing Washington, D.C. in Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton spent years kicking ass as a lawyer. She fought for housing rights, employment rights, and helped define sexual harassment as
Have you listened to any music over the last 60 years? Well, chances are that music was somehow influenced by Nadia Boulanger, the most prolific music teacher of the 20th Century. From Igor Stravinsky to Quincy Jones, her lessons impacted nearl
As a minority, Anna May Wong had an immediate disadvantage in the white-washed world of 1920s Hollywood. However, her drive and her talent not only made her a force on the screen, but also on the stage and in fashion. Learn about the life of th
A passionate anarchist who was repeated silenced by the U.S. government, Emma Goldman may be the most controversial person we have featured, but there's no denying the positive impacts she had on feminism and the push for accessible birth contr
Growing up as a part of a working-class Jewish family, Edna Ferber took her experiences from the often anti-Semitic Midwest and turned them into some of the most relatable, and best-selling stories of the 20th Century. Learn about the fascinati
In this week's listener recommended episode, the work of Cathleen Morawetz make Heather and Billy realize just how little they understand about math, and just how much of an impact Cathleen's work had in a variety of areas. Tune in to learn abo
One of the most famous tennis courts in the world is Centre Court at Wimbledon, and it was built because of the overwhelming demand to see the sport's biggest star in the world: Suzanne Lenglen. In this She the People, we talk about the Parisia
James Bond has nothing on Nancy Wake. This millionaire-turned-WWII spy took out so many Germans that the Nazi government's Gestapo, who named her the White Mouse, made her their most wanted person. We're excited to talk more about the most deco
Few people have been as influential and as under appreciated to blues and rock 'n roll music as Big Mama Thornton. Her powerful voice and raw performances influenced artists for decades and her songs went on to be some of the most recognizable
Growing up, Mae Jemison always just assumed she would go to space one day. After all, the United States had just put people on the moon, so wouldn't everyone go eventually? She may not have guessed right about that, but she did end up in space,
Katharine Graham was able to make an opportunity out of tragedy when she became the publisher of the Washington Post after the death of her husband. The Post soon became known as one of the premier newspapers in the world and under her guidance
During the Civil Rights Movement, there were several forms of protest used. Gwendolyn Brooks chose to use the form that she knew best: poetry. Learn about Brooks, the future academic, Pulitzer Prize winning poet raised on the south side of Chic
Elizabeth Blackwell was originally admitted into medical school as a joke, but the joke was on them, as she soon became the first woman doctor in the United States with successful practices on two continents.  Presented by: Camelia Bakes (camel
Alice Paul doesn't get the same amount of recognition as Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but it sure isn't because she didn't work as hard. From hunger strikes to organizing some of the original women's marches, she is one of the mo
We're entering the wide world of sports in this episode to talk about one of the most dominant athletes of all-time. Babe Didrikson won a team track competition by herself, is a three-time Olympic medalist and had the most dominant run of any p
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