#13: The Untold Stories of Women Changemakers

Katie Breen
Thursday, April 13, 2017
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In this episode, Katie interviews Julia Carpenter, Washington Post writer/editor and creator of daily email newsletter A Woman to Know. Every day, A Woman to Know tells its subscribers the story of an impactful woman from history that they've probably never heard of. Katie and Julia discuss why the newsletter was started, some of Julia's favorite unknown women history figures (you know Paul Revere but do you know Sybil Ludington, people?!), recommendations for fantastic books about women, why we've heard so few of women's stories in history class, and how we might change that in the future. Listen via the SoundCloud player above or head to iTunesOvercast, or wherever else fine podcasts are found.

To subscribe to A Woman to Know, click here. To follow Julia on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, find her @juliaccarpenter.

As promised in the episode, here are some links about the books and women discussed in the episode!


  • Phryne, the Greek prostitute who was a total body-pos badass
  • Caresse Crosby, the inventor of the first US-patented modern bra, who was also a serious writer in 1920s Paris
  • Sybil Ludington, the female counterpart to the more famous Paul Revere
  • Jane Heap, a queer woman who started a literary review highlighting modernist, feminist, queer voices as early as 1914(!!)


Julia's Picks

A Jury of Her Peers: Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx (Elaine Showalter)

Writing Women's Lives: An Anthology of Autobiographical Narratives by Twentieth-Century American Women Writers (Edited and Introduction by Susan Cahill)

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present (Gail Collins)

Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present (Lisa Grundwald and Stephen J. Adler)

Katie's Picks

My Own Words (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with contributors Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams)

Notorious RBG (Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik)

My Beloved World (Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor)

Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World (Linda Hirshman)

America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation (Elaine Tyler May)

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape (Peggy Orenstein)

About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in 21st Century America (Carol Sanger)

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, contributor Christina Lamb) - We didn't actually mention this one but it's another amazing book about an important woman in history!