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Brand New World: Nellie Bly’s Record-Defying Travels

Nellie Bly developed an unprecedented writing style as a way to overcome prejudice against female reporters.  Read more »

10 Women’s Sports Stories That Would Make Great Films

ESPN series 30 for 30 is excellent—but covers almost only dudes. Here are some female athletes they should feature. Read more »

The Untold Story of Women in the Zapatistas

Zapatista women now choose their own partners, they often have two to four children, and there has been a dramatic decrease in domestic violence. Read more »

Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Where Did Radical Cheerleaders Go?

A brief history of radical cheerleading, which mixes peppy chants with anti-establishment politics.  Read more »

America’s Forgotten Female Astronauts

In the 1960s, a group of women spent months training for space travel. But they never got to go.  Read more »

Black Women Worked as Some of NASA’s First Computers

Back when “computers” referred to people, Black women were some of NASA’s most crucial mathematicians.  Read more »

Apostle of the Cacti: How Minerva Hamilton Hoyt Saved the Desert

Minerva Hamilton Hoyt’s erasure is so predictable because Americans have mythologized the creation of our national parks as an inherently masculine endeavor. Read more »

The Radical Working-Class Roots of Improv Comedy

Most comedy fans don’t know that improv was created by a female social worker. Read more »

5 Documentaries to Watch for Women’s History Month (Or Any Month)

Netflix and learn, y’all.  Read more »

Remembering When Reno Was the Divorce Capital of America

In the 1930s, the city of Reno, Nevada, shined like a beacon of hope to the unhappily married. Read more »

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Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

To imply that trans women pose a threat to cisgender women in restrooms is misinformation that preys on unfounded fears. Read more »

The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

It's easy to dismiss advertising as an anti-feminist industry. Read more »

It's Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

The marginalization of transgender women in feminism is not new, but the decades-long debate has taken on new dimension thanks to social media and the ease of finding strangers’ personal information online. Read more »