Episode 15: Te Puea Hērangi Part One

On this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts discuss the epic life of Te Puea Hērangi, key leader of the Kīngitanga movement in New Zealand. She was an icon among the Tainui iwi, and dedicated her life to advancing the wellbeing of her people. We're thrilled to be discussing a woman from our very … Continue reading Episode 15: Te Puea Hērangi Part One

Episode 14: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Part Two

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts return to the delightful life and times of literary prodigy, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Only a week out from the 327th anniversary of her passing, we dive deeper into the career of this proto-feminist icon. What happened inside the convent? Why did the Archbishop … Continue reading Episode 14: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Part Two

Sarah Everard Part Two: When Police Don’t Protect

Content warning: this article contains mentions of femicide, rape, and police misogyny that readers may find distressing. By Jessica Sutton. It has now been nearly a month since Sarah Everard was killed and her body abandoned in a builder’s bag on Clapham Common. A particularly upsetting ingredient of this crime is that the man arrested … Continue reading Sarah Everard Part Two: When Police Don’t Protect

Episode 13: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Part One

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts discuss the child prodigy and literary genius, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Juana's unapologetic intelligence, queer identity, and literary talent make her an unforgettable feminist icon. Her eventful life is simply too much for one episode, so tune in next time for Part Two! Listen … Continue reading Episode 13: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Part One

Sarah Everard Part One: The Impossibility of “Staying Safe”

By Jessica Sutton. Content warning: This article contains graphic details which readers may find distressing. “Dead women is this thing we’ve all just accepted as part of our daily lives. Dead women is just one of those things. Killed women are not vanishingly rare – killed women are common.” – Labour MP Jess Phillips On … Continue reading Sarah Everard Part One: The Impossibility of “Staying Safe”

Episode 12 – Zelda Fitzgerald: More than Gatsby’s Daisy

Content Warning: This episode of Great Woman Theory contains mentions of suicide, electroshock therapy, and domestic abuse. In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts discuss the outrageous and stereotype-shattering life of Zelda Fitzgerald, writer, dancer, and socialite. She may have been the inspiration for F Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel The Great Gatsby, but … Continue reading Episode 12 – Zelda Fitzgerald: More than Gatsby’s Daisy

What’s in a Name? The Fight for Women’s Identity

By Patrick McTague and Jessica Sutton. “What’s in a name?”An innocuous question posed by Shakespeare about a rose (or a boy). But if you ask the Japanese activists fighting to give women the right to keep their own name after marriage, they will tell you that a lot is in a name. In Japan last … Continue reading What’s in a Name? The Fight for Women’s Identity

Episode 11 – Rose Marie McCoy: Songwriter to the Stars

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts discuss Rose Marie McCoy, the prolific song writer behind some of the greatest hits of the 50's & 60's. She stepped into the brutal world of songwriting, carved out her own space, and made herself one of the most sought after talents in Blues and Rock … Continue reading Episode 11 – Rose Marie McCoy: Songwriter to the Stars

Scarred Lives: The Fight Against FGM

By Jessica Sutton. This article contains graphic details which may be distressing to readers. “It is what my grandmother called the three feminine sorrows. She said the day of circumcision, the wedding night, and the birth of a baby are the triple feminine sorrows.”[1] Last year, Nada Hassan Abdel-Maqsoud bled to death on an operating … Continue reading Scarred Lives: The Fight Against FGM