history

history
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
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
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
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
Culture
Culture

The Radical Life of Blaxploitation's Forgotten Hero, Vonetta McGee

The actress held her own opposite Clint Eastwood and Sidney Poitier. So why did she languish in obscurity until her death?
Wedaeli Chibelushi
6.20.18
history
history

The Amazons Were Based on Real-Life Women Warriors Who Were Cool as Hell

The Amazons aren't just the stuff of Greek myth and "Wonder Woman" movies. New evidence suggests that they had living counterparts in nomadic Scythian warrior tribes.
Siobhan Ball
5.17.18
history
history

The World's First Author Was a Chill Priestess to an Even Chiller Goddess

Meet Enheduanna, the Mesopotamian princess and religious leader whose poetry celebrated a celestial goddess who could smash mountains and change people's gender.
Dee Cunning
5.3.18
history
history

NYC Will Move—But Not Remove—Statue of Gynecologist Who Experimented on Slaves

The statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims will be relocated from Central Park in Manhattan to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Some advocates say the decision is a "slap in the face."
Kimberly Lawson
4.16.18
history
history

These Exiled Princesses Led an Armed Rebellion From Their Convent

In sixth-century France, Merovingian royals Basina and Clotilda were forced into a nunnery. They decided to lead their sisters in an uprising against their abbess instead.
Siobhan Ball
4.9.18
activism
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
figure skating
figure skating

The Revolutionary Legacy of Surya Bonaly, a Back-Flipping Figure Skater

Surya Bonaly is one the few Black women to skate in the Olympics, who responded to unfair criticism of her technique by performing a daring, immensely difficult, and banned move.
Alejandra Mattoni
3.5.18
crime
crime

The Tour That Celebrates the Lives—Not Deaths—of Jack the Ripper's Victims

"We wanted to remind people these are women, these are human beings, they have their own realities.”
Sophie Wilkinson
2.20.18