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Womanica

Thinking back to our history classes growing up, we had one question: Where the ladies at? Enter, Womanica. In just 5 minutes a day, learn about different incredible women from throughout history. On Wonder Media Network’s award-winning podcast, we’re telling the stories of women you may or may not know — but definitely should.

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Recent Episodes of Womanica


Workers: Clara Zetkin

Workers: Clara Zetkin

Clara Zetkin (1857-1933) was a prominent German Marxist theorist, activist, and advocate for women's rights. She played a pivotal role in the early socialist and communist movements, particularly in championing women's suffrage and equality. Zetkin also initiated International Women's Day, which is still celebrated globally today as a day of advocacy and solidarity for women's rights.

For Further Reading:

Clara Zetkin: The Crossroad of Socialism and Feminism International Women’s Day: feminist philosophy with Clara Zetkin Clara Zetkin (1857-1933) Speech at the 1889 International Worker’s Congress - For the Liberation of Women

This month we’re tal...

Episode 197 22 May 2024 6m and 31s


Workers: Florence Knoll Bassett

Workers: Florence Knoll Bassett

Florence Knoll Bassett (1917-2019) ushered in a new modern and sleek aesthetic for the American office during the postwar era. The pioneering architect and interior designer believed the design process should incorporate every element — from furniture textiles to artwork to doorknobs. Her work at Knoll Furniture brought us some of the most recognizable  furniture silhouettes from the modernist era — including the iconic “womb chair.” 

For Further Reading:

Florence Knoll Bassett, 101, Designer of the Modern American Office, Dies - The New York Times Florence Knoll Bassett | Pioneering Women of American Architecture   Florence Knoll Bassett, Design Pioneer and Guiding Ligh...

Episode 196 21 May 2024 6m and 20s


Workers: Mary Macarthur

Workers: Mary Macarthur

Mary Macarthur (1880-1921) was a trade unionist who fought for women workers. She founded the National Federation of Women’s Workers, helped pass the 1909 Trade Boards Act, which guaranteed a minimum wage for women workers, and led multiple strikes against employers who refused to pay their workers fairly. 

For Further Reading: 

Mary Macarthur 1880-1921 The Working Woman's Champion The life of Mary Macarthur. A TUC Library Exhibition | London Metropolitan University Mary Macarthur : a biographical sketch

This month we’re talking about workers: Women who fought for labor rights and shaped the way we do business today...

Episode 195 20 May 2024 4m and 41s


Workers: Pat Schroeder

Workers: Pat Schroeder

Pat Schroeder (1940-2023) was a trailblazing force in American politics, known for her advocacy for women's rights and social justice. As the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado, she championed progressive causes from gender equality to reproductive rights to education throughout her 24-year tenure.

For Further Reading:

Patricia Schroeder, Feminist Force in Congress, Dies at 82 - The New York Times  Feminists and Friends Reflect on Pat Schroeder's Legacy - Ms. Magazine  Pat Schroeder, first woman on House Armed Services, dies at 82 

This month we’re talking about workers: Women who fought for labor rights and s...

Episode 194 17 May 2024 6m and 29s


Workers: Irene Fernandez

Workers: Irene Fernandez

Irene Fernandez (1946-2014) was a Malaysian human rights activist. She co-founded Tenaganita, a non-governmental organization that promotes the rights of migrant workers. When she raised the alarm about migrant workers’ welfare in government detentions, she became the subject of one of the longest trials in the country’s history 

For Further Reading:

Irene Fernandez, Champion of the Oppressed in Malaysia, Dies at 67 Irene Fernandez defends rights of migrant workers despite conviction Our Founder: The driving force behind Tenaganita, Irene Fernandez

This month we’re talking about workers: Women who fought for labor rights and shaped the way...

Episode 193 16 May 2024 5m and 50s


Workers: Emma Tenayuca

Workers: Emma Tenayuca

Emma Tenayuca (1916-1999)  was a Mexican-American labor organizer and civil rights activist who led a wave of strikes by women workers in Texas during the Great Depression. She is known as la pasionaria de Texas, or the Passionate One. 

For Further Reading:

On One of the Great Unsung Heroes of the American Labor Movement A conversation with Emma Tenayuca The Militant Passion of Emma Tenayuca

This month we’re talking about workers: Women who fought for labor rights and shaped the way we do business today. They advocated and innovated to make the “office” – wherever it is – a...

Episode 192 15 May 2024 6m and 41s


Workers: Maria Moreno

Workers: Maria Moreno

Maria Moreno (1920-1989) was a farmworker and labor union activist during the Farmworkers' Movement of the 1960s. She is the first woman to be hired as a union organizer. During her time with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, Maria led strikes and fought for workers’ rights. 

Further Reading:

You already know Cesar Chavez. What about Maria Moreno? SO SHALL YE REAP  Meet Maria Moreno: The First Farm Worker Woman in America To Be Hired As A Union Organizer Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno

This month we’re talking about workers: Women who fought for la...

Episode 191 14 May 2024 5m and 34s


Workers: Sue Cowan Williams

Workers: Sue Cowan Williams

Sue Cowan Williams (1910-1994) was a teacher in Little Rock, Arkansas, who filed and won a lawsuit to end pay discrimination against Black teachers in the segregated South. Hher case helped shape the organization’s legal strategy for civil rights in schools across the country.

Special thanks to the Central Arkansas Library System for access to their Oral History collection, 1973-2001, UALR.ORH.108. UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture. 

For Further Reading:

Central Arkansas Library System: Peggy Harris interview with Sue Cowan Williams KUAR: On The Battlefield  New York Magazine: Little Rock...

Episode 190 13 May 2024 6m and 14s


Workers: Florence Reece

Workers: Florence Reece

Florence Reece (1900-1986) was a writer, musician, and poet who wrote about unions, coal miners’ rights, and her own lived experiences. Florence was a coal miner’s wife and experienced the bloody Harlan County War, which she used as inspiration for her material. She is best known for her song “Which Side Are You On”, and her poetry and labor song collection Against the Current. 

For Further Reading

Florence Reece, "Against the Current" Singer Songwriters Florence Reece and Pete Seeger Discuss Writing Songs  Which Side Are You On?– Florence Reece’s Protest Song Became an Anthem for Many Cause...

Episode 189 10 May 2024 8m and 36s


Workers: Ela Bhatt

Workers: Ela Bhatt

Ela Bhatt (1933-2022) was an activist and organizer who founded the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA), which serves primarily low-income women across India. She went on to become an influential figure, known internationally for her work in cooperatives, labor organizing, and microfinance.

For Further reading:

The New York Times: Ela Bhatt, Advocate for Women Workers in India, Dies at 89 We Are Poor But So Many: The Story of Self-Employed Women in India A Discussion with Ela Bhatt, Founder, Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA)

This month we’re talking about workers: Women who fought for labo...

Episode 188 9 May 2024 5m and 6s

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