Posts in Firsts
Queen Liliʻuokalani: The First Queen and Last Regent of Hawai'i | Episode 61

Queen Lili was the first queen to rule Hawai’i alone - she also happened to be Hawai’i's last monarch before the US stole the country from the Native Hawaiians in a violent and illegal coup, and annexed it as a territory and later state of the US. She was a songwriter and a pacifist and though she did not have much time on the throne, she was and continues to be beloved by her people.

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Asian-American Women Take Flight: Katherine Cheung and Hazel Ying Lee | Episode 60

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.

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The First Chinese-American Hollywood Movie Star, Anna May Wong | Episode 59

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.

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The First Asian-American Member Of Congress, Patsy Mink | Episode 58

Patsy Mink is known for being the first Asian American woman elected to Congress, but her amazingness stretches far beyond that. Thanks to sexism and prejudice, Patsy was barred from attending medical school despite a stellar academic record. Her dream of becoming a doctor dashed by circumstances beyond her control, Patsy turned her attention to making sure all women had equal opportunities in education, becoming a lawyer and then a congresswoman who authored the revolutionary Title IX legislation that changed education in this country forever. Her accomplishments were numerous and her drive unmatched. Patsy Mink was one seriously bad bitch.

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The Godmother of Rock and Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Episode 56

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.

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Mary Eliza Mahoney, The First African-American Nurse | Episode 50

Mary Elizabeth Mahoney was the first Black female nurse in the United States and one of the first women to register to vote when women won the right to vote in Boston. She worked her ass off to help other Black women join the nursing profession and left a legacy that saw her inducted in the Women Hall of Fame. She was the very definition of a Good Witch.

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-perl

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Jane Bolin, The First African-American Female Judge | Episode 48

Jane Bolin was a trailblazer in every sense of the word. The daughter of an attorney in Duchess County, New York, she had a lot to live up to. She did that an more - she became one of three Black students learning law at Yale, a school she was discouraged from attending despite her stellar academic record, and later became the first and only Black female judge in the country. She was an inspiration to many, and remained a staunch advocate for the young and the marginalized for the entirety of her career. She was one seriously Good Witch. 

INTRO - 9:55 | Hannah shares a twitter-sourced ghost/exorcism story that will chill your bones.

10:50 - 42:00 | Deanna shares the story of our person of the week, Jane Bolin.

Summer Heacock's scary ass ghost story: 

https://twitter.com/Fizzygrrl/status/1094085106828886016

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The First African-American Aviatrix In The World | Episode 47

Bessie Coleman was the first African-American in the world to earn an international civilian pilot's license. She had to go to France to do it, because no one in the US would teach her. When she came back to the states, she became a barnstormer - a pilot who performed death-defying stunts in the air. She traveled the country lecturing on aviation and performing shows, all with the goal of earning enough money to buy her own plane and open her own flight school. While Bessie didn't live long enough to fulfill her dream of opening a school, she inspired many people who worked hard to make that dream a reality. She is a legend, period, and one seriously good witch.

NTRO - 10:05 | Hannah tells the micro-story of Madame C.J. Walker’s mansion in upstate New York and how it is currently being renovated for something exciting!

11:35 - 42:00 | Hannah tells us the heart rending story of the first African-American aviatrix in the world, and the first African-American ever to hold a civilian pilot’s license.

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She Was The First Woman Elected to Federal Office in 1916 | Episode 37

Jeannette Rankin was not only the first woman ever elected to congress, she did so before women had the right to vote across the US. She was a suffragist, a social worker, and she believed not only in women's rights, but in space for women within politics. She was a seriously good witch, who made waves in Washington and helped changed the country and politics for the better.

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The Sorceress of Kilkenny, Ireland | Episode 35

Alice Kyteler was a businesswoman and, let's be real, possible murderer in the 14th century Ireland. But it was a Catholic bishop obsessed with witches and demons who took the charge of murder and turned it into the charge of 'witchcraft', thus launching the mini witch hunt that occurred in the aftermath of the death of Alice's fourth husband and resulting in the first torture and public burning of a woman for witchcraft in Ireland.

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She Discovered White Dwarfs in the Night Sky | Episode 27

Williamina Fleming was a Scottish maid in Boston, who began working for Edward Pickering at Harvard University as a computer, and ended up a Harvard Astronomer herself, long before women were even allowed to go to school there. She catalogued stars, named nebulae, and discovered white dwarves - years later, her discoveries were found and catalogued by the school, and she was finally given credit for her work. She was one seriously good witch.

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