history

history
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
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
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
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
Books
Books

The Forgotten Female Codebreaker Who Helped America Defeat the Nazis

Elizebeth Smith Friedman broke Nazi Enigma machines and busted South American spy rings before being written out of history by powerful men. A new biography aims to change all that.
Sirin Kale
11.14.17
history
history

The Chill Roman Priests Who Worshipped a Goddess and Castrated Themselves

Rome is frequently hailed by the alt-right as a bastion of masculinity, but the cult of Cybele says otherwise.
Siobhan Ball
11.10.17
Eliza Hamilton
Eliza Hamilton

Giving Eliza Hamilton the Chill Legacy the Musical Denied Her

Where "Hamilton" tossed Eliza's story aside in favor of her sister, "I, Eliza Hamilton" offers a rare glimpse of Eliza's impact on her husband and in turn, American history.
Ilana Masad
11.8.17
politics
politics

13 Historic Victories for Women and LGBT Candidates This Election Day

Meet the newly elected public officials bringing much-needed diversity to the United States political system.
Linda Yang
11.8.17
history of
history of

What Our Obsession with Tragic, Beautiful, Mentally Ill Women Says About Us

Since the Victorian days—where "hysterics" confined in institutions were forced to dress and act like Ophelia—mental illness in women has wrongly been framed as something beautiful and unknowable.
Bethy Squires
10.20.17
history
history

The Gilded Age Starlet Whose Sexual Assault Prompted the 'Trial of the Century'

Evelyn Nesbit was the toast of New York high society when the famous architect Stanford White attacked her. When White was murdered by Nesbit's husband, it sparked the beginning of America's obsession with celebrity trials.
Sarah Roberts
10.13.17
Sex
Sex

How Sex Toys Revolutionized the Way We View Women's Pleasure

We spoke with sex historian Hallie Lieberman on the rise of sex toys, the "orgasm gap," and the narrative that Victorian doctors invented vibrators to treat hysteria.
Allee Manning
9.27.17
abortion
abortion

Miss America Used to Ban Abortion—And Still Bans Moms, Wives, and Divorcées

Even though the Miss America pageant has tried to adapt to modern sensibilities, emphasizing "female empowerment," it remains committed to an antiquated ideal of femininity.
Diana Tourjée
9.13.17