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Episode 18 – Queen Kristina of Sweden: Queer Icon and Unapologetic Troublemaker

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts discuss the dramatic life of Kristina, Queen of Sweden in the 17th Century. Kristina was unapologetically queer, intellectual, and a gifted politician who fought injustices wherever she saw them. Described by the Pope as a "woman without shame", we loved learning about her during Pride Month! … Continue reading Episode 18 – Queen Kristina of Sweden: Queer Icon and Unapologetic Troublemaker

Episode 17 – Alice Coachman: Olympic Hero, Trailblazer

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our host and their guest, Aimée Sullivan, discuss Alice Coachman. The first black woman to ever win an Olympic gold medal. She became a role model for black athletes in America at a time of deep, legal, segregation. She forged a path for all black athletes who came … Continue reading Episode 17 – Alice Coachman: Olympic Hero, Trailblazer

After Atlanta: The Crisis of Discrimination against Asian Women

By Jessica Sutton. The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act has recently passed United States Congress, and last week was signed into law by President Biden. The spark for this piece of legislation was the mass shooting in Atlanta on 16 March 2021, which left 8 people dead. 6 of the victims were Asian women. The horrific … Continue reading After Atlanta: The Crisis of Discrimination against Asian Women

Episode 16 – Te Puea Hērangi Part Two

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts finish discussing the epic life of Te Puea Hērangi. She navigated politics, legal battles, and the great depression to land Tainui Māori on their feet in a world of oppression. Listen on iTunes.Listen on Spotify. Photograph by William Archer Price, 1866–1948: Collection of postcard negatives. 1/2-001920-G. Alexander Turnbull … Continue reading Episode 16 – Te Puea Hērangi Part Two

The Child-Free Revolution: Why Motherhood Isn’t For Everyone

By Jessica Sutton. Women without children have been called a lot of things: incomplete, tragic, unfulfilled. But more and more women are rejecting these labels to embrace the decision not to become pregnant or have children. Being child-free, or voluntarily childless, came into the public eye in the 1990s as a response to the label … Continue reading The Child-Free Revolution: Why Motherhood Isn’t For Everyone

Episode 15 – Te Puea Hērangi Part One

In 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