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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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Marjory Stoneman Douglas Protected The River Of Grass | Episode 57

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was a writer, activist, and accidental conservationist. She was already heading toward middle age, having worked as a journalist and for the Navy and the Red Cross, by the time she discovered the Florida Everglades. Once it became clear to her that Florida was on the verge of destroying the unique and incredible ecosystem that only existed in the Sunshine State, she spent the rest of her long life writing about and working toward utter preservation of the Florida Everglades. She lived to see the Everglades become completely protected thanks in large part to her work, and advocated for them until her death at 108. Good witch? We think so!

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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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Juliette Gordon Low, Founder of the Girl Scouts | Episode 55

Juliette Gordon Low, known as “Crazy Daisy” for her good-natured childhood antics, led a long and interesting life before deciding at the age of fifty to found the Girl Scouts of America. She went deaf thanks to ear infections, and didn't let that hold her back. She was intent on helping young girls of all races and backgrounds get outdoors, learn new skills, and find their independence. Today, 50 million girls have joined the Girl Scouts since the organization's founding in 1911. She was the very definition of a Good Witch. 

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The Rival Lady Kingpins of Australia | Episode 54

Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh were two of Australia's most notorious kingpins. And yes, they were women. They ruled the Australian criminal underground for at least half a decade during Prohibition and they did it while fostering their bitter, violent rivalry. Even when they were dogged by police, it was almost impossible to get these two behind bars. These two were seriously bad bitches (not in the role-model kind of way) - and you're gonna love their story.

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Lizzie Magie, The Lost Inventor of "Monopoly" | Episode 51

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-perl

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Georgia Gilmore, The Backbone Of The Montgomery Bus Boycott | Episode 49

Georgia Gilmore was a good witch with a bad bitch's heart. She was a badass cook who sued a bus driver who kicked her off the bus and, as a result, was fired from the white restaurant who employed her. At the urging of Dr. Martin Luther King, she opened a restaurant in her own home. Her restaurant became a meeting place for Dr. King and many other figures in the civil rights movement. She also was responsible for creating The Club from Nowhere, a network of women who sold meals they had cooked at local institutions, games and rallies, in order to raise money for the Montgomery Bus Boycott carpool. The Club From Nowhere raised a rough equivalent of 1200 bucks a week in today's currency, which helped keep the carpool alive for the 381 days the boycott was in effect. Warning! This episode WILL make you hungry.

INTRO - 11:44 | Deanna talks about the Malleus Maleficarum and dick tre

12:41 - 26:46 | Hannah shares the story of our person of the week, Georgia Gilmore.

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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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The Shocking Elsa Schiaparelli | Episode 46

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.

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Half Harlot, Half Nun, All Poet | Episode 45

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.

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The Spy Turned Writer, Aphra Behn | Episode 44

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!

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Mother Of Us All, Ida Lupino | Episode 43

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.

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Jameela Jamil, Body-Positivity Warrior | Episode 42

Jameela Jamil is a comedic actress currently on NBC's THE GOOD PLACE. That's not why we love her, though - we're obsessed with her body positivity which inspired a movement on instagram called i_weigh, where women talk about their weight in terms of awesome accomplishments and personality. She is vocal and strong-minded, but most of all, she's here to learn, and we were stoked to learn more about her. She's a seriously good witch (with a bad bitch way of doing things).

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The Marilyn Monroe Of Bollywood | Episode 40

Madhubala became an actress young to help support her family and became one of the most influential actresses of her time. She is often compared with Marilyn Monroe for her beauty, charisma, and ubiquitousness. She starred in 70 films across the fifties and into the sixties, and to this day, is known as one of Bollywood's most iconic stars. She was a good witch through and through.

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The Poet-Chief of Haiti, Anacaona | Episode 39

Hannah tells Deanna the real story of Thanksgiving

Anacaona was a leader of the Taino people, an indigenous Haitian tribe in the 16th century. She had the unfortunate task of dealing with the white conquistadors who came ashore in the 1500's. She was a poet and the ultimate diplomat, and despite the horrific abuse she and her people suffered at the hands of the conquistadors, she is remembered as one of Haiti's enduring heroines. She was a seriously good witch whose legacy lives on.

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The Great Sandwina | Episode 23

The Great Sandwina (given name, Katie Brumbach) aka The Lady Hercules aka the Woman of Steel is one of the strongest women to have ever lived. She made a name and a legacy working in the circus in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, but was known for being a paragon of femininity as well, kind of a paradox for gender roles at the time. She loved sex, made no apologies, and beat men in the ring every time they dared challenge her. She was one seriously bad bitch.

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