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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
history

The Queer, Disabled, and Women of Color Suffragettes History Forgot

Campaigners from marginalized communities played a critical role in getting women in the UK the right to vote—but their contributions have been erased. We spoke to several historians trying to change that.
Ella Braidwood
2.5.18
history

The Polish Ballerina Who Shot Nazis on Her Way to the Gas Chamber

The story of Franceska Mann's brave act of resistance at Auschwitz has become Holocaust legend. But how much do we actually know of her story?
Dee Cunning
1.4.18
Culture

The Enduring Legacy of Eartha Kitt, a Subversive Icon Targeted by the CIA

The "Santa Baby" singer was so much more than a captivating entertainer—she was also an international political provocateur whose career was nearly ruined after she condemned the Vietnam War.
Fran Tirado
12.25.17
Books

This Housewife's Scandalous Sex Memoir Was Banned by the Supreme Court

In "The Housewife's Handbook on Selective Promiscuity", forward-thinking author Lillian Maxine Serett a.k.a. Rey Anthony preached the joys of female pleasure. The government responded by seizing and destroying all copies.
Dee Cunning
11.16.17