Mary McGill

Contributor

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Meet Christmas Goddess Perchta, a Belly-Slitting, Half-Woman Demon

If you were naughty, Perchta would enter your home while you slept, disembowel you, and stuff the cavity with rocks.
Mary McGill
12.20.18
occult

The Real Legend of Mongfind, the Witch-Queen Who Inspired Halloween

A direct descendent of Samhain is the spooky reason for the season.
Mary McGill
10.30.18
activism

The Woman Behind International Women's Day Was a Refugee and a Socialist

Theresa Malkiel came to New York as a teen after fleeing anti-Semitic violence in Russia. Eighteen years later, she founded Women's Day, the forerunner of IWD.
Mary McGill
3.7.18
christmas

Screw Santa Claus and Celebrate Befana, Italy's Kidnapping Christmas Witch

Say "ciao" to the Yuletide legend who rides a broom and brings naughty kids to her cannibal husband for dinner.
Mary McGill
12.22.17
Culture

How 'Spare Rib' Magazine Revolutionized Women's Publishing

With royal wedding-themed badges that said "Don't do it Di" and frank discussions about class and race, Britain's answer to "Ms." has never felt more relevant. On its 45th anniversary, we look back at the now-defunct magazine.
Mary McGill
6.7.17
politics

The Forgotten Horror of Ravensbrück, the Nazi Concentration Camp for Women

In 1946, a group of female guards stood trial for war crimes committed at an all-women concentration camp. Seventy years on, why does Ravensbrück remain a footnote in history?
Mary McGill
12.5.16
politics

Wicked W.I.T.C.H: The 60s Feminist Protestors Who Hexed Patriarchy

Forty-eight years ago, a coven of self-styled witches gathered to curse Wall Street bankers, beauty pageants, and the Playboy Club. We speak to two former W.I.T.C.H. members about their spellbinding campaign against sexism.
Mary McGill
10.28.16