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Missing White Woman Syndrome: Barrier to Justice

This article is dedicated to Lena Zhang Harrop, killed by a man on 22 September 2021. In August 2021, Gabby Petito disappeared while on a road trip across the United States. This was one of the biggest news stories of the year and one of the biggest missing person’s cases in a very long time. … Continue reading Missing White Woman Syndrome: Barrier to Justice

Episode 25 – Margaret E. Knight: Inventor Extraordinaire

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts discuss the amazing mind of Margaret E. Knight, a brilliant inventor from the mid-late 1800s. Her 89 inventions shaped the world in which we now live, so of course, she was the perfect subject for us. Listen to hear all about them and her fierce defence … Continue reading Episode 25 – Margaret E. Knight: Inventor Extraordinaire

Episode 24 – Dr. Merze Tate: Trailblazing Academic

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts discuss the trailblazing life of Dr. Merze Tate, the first African American woman to attend Oxford University and to gain a PhD in government and international relations from Radcliffe College (which later merged with Harvard University). Merze was a dedicated mentor and tireless worker, overcoming many … Continue reading Episode 24 – Dr. Merze Tate: Trailblazing Academic

Episode 23 – Berthe Morisot: Impressionist Icon part 2

We're back after a short break for episode 23 of Great Woman Theory, in which we discuss the later life of artistic genius Berthe Morisot, impressionist painter and trailblazer. Was she really caught in a tragic love triangle? Was Eugène Manet a true feminist icon? And why was Édouard Manet so into duelling with swords? … Continue reading Episode 23 – Berthe Morisot: Impressionist Icon part 2

Episode 22 – Berthe Morisot: Impressionist Icon Part One

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts discuss Berthe Morisot, the incredible impressionist painter of the late 19th century. Expected only to paint for the entertainment of men, she refused to settle for anything less than the career her talent deserved. Join us to hear part one of her hilarious, courageous, and sometimes … Continue reading Episode 22 – Berthe Morisot: Impressionist Icon Part One

Voices From Afghanistan: How We Can Help

Content warning: this article contains graphic details of violence which may be distressing. The world feels devastating right now. Afghanistan has fallen into the control of the Taliban, and a women’s rights crisis has arisen. Although the Taliban has claimed that they will be less repressive towards women, the fear of a return to the … Continue reading Voices From Afghanistan: How We Can Help

Episode 21 – Ettie Rout: Guardian Angel of the ANZACs

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts discuss the scandalous life of Ettie Rout. One of the first campaigners for safe-sex practices in war-time. Her work defied the New Zealand government to protect the lives and livelihoods of sex workers and soldiers, for which she was blacklisted from New Zealand publications. Listen on iTunes.Listen … Continue reading Episode 21 – Ettie Rout: Guardian Angel of the ANZACs

Unpacking the Female Mental Health Crisis

Content warning: This article contains discussion of mental illness, violence, and suicide which readers may find distressing. Last week, Olympic cyclist Olivia Podmore took her life. The tragedy has kickstarted conversations about mental health concerns in elite sport, alongside broader discussions about mental health challenges faced by young women. In New Zealand and globally, discussions … Continue reading Unpacking the Female Mental Health Crisis

Episode 20 – Doctor Fé del Mundo: Extraordinary Physician and Humanitarian

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts return from a short break to marvel at the life and achievements of Doctor Fé Primitiva del Mundo y Villanueva, stalwart of public health in the Philippines and defender of children everywhere. Inspired by the last wishes of her late little sister Elisa, Fé was determined … Continue reading Episode 20 – Doctor Fé del Mundo: Extraordinary Physician and Humanitarian

Episode 19 – Edith Windsor: Champion of Gay Marriage

In this episode, our hosts discuss the life, the love, and most importantly, the fight for LGBT+ rights of Edith "Edie" Windsor. Edie was one of few women to become a technology manager at IBM, as well as being a genuine and dedicated activist. Learn about the epic romance of Edie and Thea, and how … Continue reading Episode 19 – Edith Windsor: Champion of Gay Marriage