history

history

The True Story of Tituba, the Slave at the Center of the Salem Witch Trials

Rather than deny accusations of witchcraft, the enslaved woman spun a rich tale of sorcery that ultimately saved her life.
Christobel Hastings
10.15.18
history

Ching Shih, the Cantonese Sex Worker Who Became China's Most Feared Pirate

In the early 1800s, Ching Shih was the mastermind behind a floating criminal empire made up of more than 40,000 ships.
Anita Sarkeesian
Ebony Adams
10.8.18
archaeology

Long May She Reign: 8-Year-Old Girl Pulls Pre-Viking Sword from Lake

Saga Vanecek was swimming in a local lake in Sweden when she stepped on something odd—an archeological treasure.
Leila Ettachfini
10.4.18
history

How Onna-Bugeisha, Feudal Japan's Women Samurai, Were Erased From History

While most Japanese women were subject to rigid social expectations of domesticity, onna-bugeisha women warriors who were known to be to be every bit as strong, capable, and courageous as their male counterparts
Christobel Hastings
9.24.18
history

The Untold Story of a Legendarily Topless Mistress Who Saved France

Agnès Sorel is popularly depicted in lavish gowns that expose a single breast, but the French noblewoman was much more than a strong fashion choice.
Dee Cunning
9.3.18
history

The History of Eyeliner

From Ancient Egypt to Twiggy, Prince, and YouTube tutorials, here's how eyeliner got into your makeup bag for good.
Leila Ettachfini
8.29.18
history

God Has Been a Woman Since the Beginning of Time

"God is a Woman," the single on Ariana Grande's new album, is a reminder that archeologists believe God was considered female for the first 200,000 years of human life on earth.
Christobel Hastings
8.17.18
history

California’s Dark History of Forcibly Sterilizing Latinas

A new bill, which currently sits in the Assembly, would identify and compensate the survivors of California's forced sterilization program, which disproportionately targeted Latina women.
Kimberly Lawson
8.16.18
history

All Hail Hatshepsut, the Cross-Dressing Queen Turned Powerful Pharaoh

The ancient Egyptian ruler depicted herself in kingly attire as the child of Amun-Ra himself—which almost got her erased from history.
Dee Cunning
7.30.18
history

The Cigar-Loving Cuban-American Who Charmed Her Way Into the Aristocracy

Consuelo Yznaga injected money and glamor into the fading British upper classes—and even acted as matchmaker for other socialites and impoverished toffs.
Julie Ferry
7.18.18
history

All Hail Amastris, the War Captive Who Rose to Power and Became a Queen

The Persian princess was captured in battle by Alexander the Great, but she didn't let that stop her from founding a city and coining her own money.
Jenna Mahale
7.13.18
history

Why We're Still Obsessed with the Fate of Doomed Romanov Princess Anastasia

July 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the murder of the youngest Grand Duchess of Russia, whose death inspired a string of legends, lawsuits, and women claiming to be “Anastasia.”
Lissa Townsend Rodgers
7.3.18