Sana Amanat joined Marvel Comics in 2009 after working for two years at Virgin Comics, a short-lived indie publisher that folded in 2008, after having only just launched in 2006. Marvel saw something special in her, and for good reason - as the VP of Content and Character Development at Marvel, she launched Ms Marvel, one of their most popular series, and is systematically helping to update Marvel characters from misogynistic dreams to feminist heroes and icons. And she is nowhere near done.Read More
Margaret Cavendish was known during her time as a duchess during the Reformation and Restoration as a shy, kooky philosopher with her head in the clouds. But the truth is, Margaret Cavendish is responsible for science fiction as we know it today, thanks to her philosophical novella about a woman who is whisked off to another dimension, where humans and animals co-exist in harmony under the rule of a benevolent empress, and airships cloud the sky. Margaret was deeply curious and devoted her life to writing, philosophy, and science, long before society stopped frowning on such activities. She was a seriously good witch who marched to the beat of her own damn drum!Read More
The Countess di Castiglione, sometimes referred to as the original Selfie Queen, was a socialite in Paris who established herself there by having an affair with Napoleon. From then on, she had many affairs with society men, but she was most known by everyone in Paris society as the woman who meticulously (and some would say narcissistically) art-directed hundreds of photos of herself - in the mid-1800's.Read More
Julia Morgan's architectural genius was overlooked by history for almost a hundred years before she posthumously earned the American Institute of Artists Gold Medal, the first woman ever to do so. Besides the design largely considered to be her masterpiece, the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Julia was responsible for designing myriad buildings, mostly in California, that stand the test of time today.Read More
Tracey "Africa" Norman is a trans woman whose modeling career was on a roll in the 70's and 80's, with Vogue and Essence covers and even her face on one of Clairol's most popular box colors of its time - until someone learned her secret, and outed her to the rest of the modeling world. Years went by and other activists, models, and actors like Janet Mock and Laverne Cox learned of Tracey as their own careers began to rise, and took huge inspiration from her. Now her modeling career is blossoming once again thanks to changing national attitudes about gender, beauty, and identity. We have a long way to go, but people like Tracey are helping to create systemic change just by unabashedly being who they are.Read More
The Chevaliere D'Eon was a woman in 18th century France (historically known as Chevalier d'Eon) who, born as a man, was a soldier, a lawyer, and a spy for King Louis XV for many years before publicly declaring herself a woman, which was accepted as truth by the public. She acquired feminist works and did swordplay demonstrations in her heavy dresses. She lived as a woman for thirty three years in post-revolutionary France.Read More
Christine Jorgensen was born George Jorgensen and the first American woman to undergo sex reassignment surgery. She went as far as Europe to receive confirmation from doctors there that her belief she was a woman was not a psychiatric disorder. She got it - and the surgery - and came back to the US a celebrity.Read More
Anna May Wong is considered Hollywood's first Asian American movie star. Despite being forced to portray racist roles in the films Hollywood was peddling at the time, Anna was persistent about pursuing roles that could satiate her desire to play three dimensional Asian characters on the screen, traveling across Europe and China in an effort to find herself and roles she might actually enjoy playing. Anna May Wong was and is an inspiration to some of the best actresses and filmmakers working today, including Lucy Liu, who received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to Anna May Wong's on May 1, 2019, making her the second Asian actor on the Walk.Read More
When you think of the origins of Rock n'Roll, chances are names like Elvis Presley and Chuck Barry come to mind. But more than a decade before, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was pioneering the new sound and creating unique hits that went on to influence all of the male "inventors" and "godfathers" of Rock n' Roll. She was a Black, openly bisexual woman whose gospel background provided the foundation for what we now think of as Rock n' Roll. She was a good witch who paved the way for a new sound that changed music as we knew it.Read More
Trina Robbins is a complicated artist with a long history in the world of Underground Comix. The first woman to draw Wonder Woman, forty years after the character's conception, Trina led a chaotic life until discovering comics, and soon became devoted to creating stories around women empowerment. She remains a vocal feminist and artist.Read More
Artemisia Gentileschi is, to this day, considered one of the Italian Baroque period's more brilliant painters. Having mastered her craft at a ridiculously young age, Artemisia became a household name early on. But because the art world was so staunchly male, she had to fight against the misogynistic bullshit of the time, even taking a man to trial for rape. She brought a uniquely feminine perspective (duh) that had been lacking in art, making her pretty much one of a badass kind.
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780735232112
Timeline: Women of the World Unite! http://interactive.unwomen.org/multimedia/timeline/womenunite/en/index.html#/1940
INTRO - 14:47 | Our guest host, Alyssa, shares the biblical back-story of Judith to set up herr feature story.
15:45 - 52:45 | Alyssa share the person of this week, Artemisia Genilischi. Thank you, Alyssa for being a very Good Witch and sharing this story with us!Read More
You may have heard the story of Charles Darrow, the ingenious inventor of Monopoly, who came up with the idea one day in a random stroke of brilliance while playing with his son.
The real story is much more complicated, originating thirty years prior with a woman who was staunchly anti-capitalist, and created the game as a way to teach people about a concept called single-tax economics. When Darrow stole her game and sold it to Parker Brothers, Magie's story was lost - until now!
INTRO - 13:48 | NSFW CONTENT WARNING!!! Deanna shares an article about a gamer’s experience with a Sims 4 sex mod, Wicked Whims, and it is hilarious, disturbing, graphic, and completely absurd. Please, please, please, listen with caution.
14:45 - 42:00 | Hannah presents our person of the week, Lizzie Magie.
INTRO - 13:12 | Hannah shares an article about a group of conservative Christians who believe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s runs a 24-7 witch coven dedicated to cursing Donald Trump. Where do we sign up?
14:15 - 41:25 | Deanna presents our person of the week, Mary Eliza Mahoney.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez episode: https://gwbbpodcast.com/episodes/s01e19-alexandria-ocasio-cortez
Gisella Perl episode: https://gwbbpodcast.com/episodes/s01e05-gisella-perlRead More
Elsa Schiaperelli was a revolutionary designer both before and after World War II. Her designs were inspired by Surrealist and Dadaist, and she brought a wit and whimsy to her designs never before seen in fashion. From hats shaped like shoes to dresses printed in humorous little lobsters to her signature color, Shocking Pink, Elsa was a designing force to be reckoned with. If you're up for a field trip, today her designs can be found at the Met, and they are chock full of good witch gorgeousness.
INTRO - 4:40 | Quick Intro and Tease for a new BONUS EPISODE! (COMING SOON!)
6:05 - 36:10 | Deanna presents our person of the week, the wonderful and wondrous, Elsa Schiaparelli.Read More
Anna Ahkmatova was a romantic, a patriot, a poet. She was a bohemian during the Silver Age of art in Russia, just before the first World War. At first, she wrote the romantic poems that lovebirds carried with them in purses and pockets. Soon, though, her writing and her career, which began with a bang in the smoky cabarets of St. Petersburg, tumbled through a revolution and two world wars, becoming a product of its time. Anna, her reputation, and her poetry did not come out unscathed. Despite all of her trials and tribulations, when she passed she was considered one of Russia's most celebrated poets of the 20th century.Read More
Aphra Behn was a woman ahead of her time. As the first English woman to make her living as a writer and playwright, she was both incredibly popular and a source of ire for many conservatives, who considered her work to be far too raunchy, *especially* coming from a woman. Centuries later, her work is still feminist af, and we’re here to shed light on a prolific writer the patriarchy has desperately tried to forget. Enjoy the story of this seriously bad 17th century bitch!Read More
Ida Lupino was a socially aware filmmaker and actress at a time when women were encouraged to stay home and leave the moviemaking to the men. In her time, she was the only female member of the Director’s Guild of America, and she practically invented product integration to fund her socially radically films when the studios found these women-centric narratives too distasteful to fund. In short, she was the bad bitch of 1940’s and 50’s filmmaking (making sure everyone on her sets called her Mother), and we worship her.Read More
For our very special 30th episode, we have Deanna's mother, Rayna, as our guest host! Rayna is herself a photographer and former instructor of photography and shares with us the story of Berenice Abbott. Berenice is known for her work as a portrait photographer, and later in life her scientific photography, but mainly she is known for her masterfully documented scenes in New York City.Read More
Audrey Munson was considered America’s first supermodel during the Gilded Age, she was world famous for her perfect proportions and gorgeous posing, and her likeness can still be found in statues all over the country. Her story is tumultuous but worthy of remembrance.Read More
Josephine Baker displayed resistance in multiple movements and multiple decades – despite being American born, she fell in love with and moved to France, where she became a war hero for her work as a French spy during World War 2. Later, she was a huge part of the civil rights movement in America, despite the many challenges she faced there. In addition, she was a raging bisexual. In short, she was one bad bitch.Read More
Alla Nazimova was a Russian actress turned Broadway star turned early 1900’s Hollywood screen siren, who hosted elaborate parties at her mansion and had affairs with beloved Hollywood actresses and industry people. Later, her mansion was turned into a hotel that was beloved by artists, writers, and the mob.Read More