I Don't Know Her

I Don't Know Her

Best friends Amanda Mead and Rita Vigil get together each week to talk about women you've probably never heard of, but should have. Join them in their quest to get to know important women (and each other) a little better. I Don't Know Her is a women's history podcast that covers pop culture, friendship, and feminism with a little laughter and a lot of swearing.... Show More

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The hosts share their new hobbies, then Rita digs into the story of Fay Fuller, the first woman to summit Mount Rainier. Amanda shares the adventurous tale of Margaret Bourke-White, the first female photojournalist for Life & first female war correspondent.

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COVID-19's moral: don't be a jerk! After a brief discussion of the virus, Amanda tells the story of Miriam Makeba, a South African exiled musician who fought against apartheid and racism across the globe. Rita uncovers the sordid tale of underground bootlegger, Gertrude "Cleo" Lythgoe, also known as the "Bahama Queen."

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The hosts kick off with discussion of how the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted each of them. Then Rita shares the story of Emily Warren Roebling, who helped construct one of the United States' most recognizable structures--the Brooklyn Bridge. Amanda shares another NY story with Marie Van Brittan Brown, a nurse who invented the first home security system with her husband.

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Mardi Bras for everyone! Amanda shares the opposite of a Queen of Caucasity, then brings the inspiring story of Clementine Delait, one of the most famous bearded women of all time. Then Rita delights us with the story of TOKiMONSTA, an inventive, talented, and resilient music producer and DJ.

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March 6, 2020 1 min

Due to illness (coronavirus???), there isn’t a new episode this week. 

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Rita brings a new candidate for Queen! Then she tells the adventurous tale of Alice Ramsey, the first woman to drive the U.S. coast-to-coast. Amanda highlights Effa Manley, a baseball team owner who became the first & only woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The infamous Lucas appears on today's episode, our FIFTIETH! He quizzes Rita and Amanda on previous episodes and the two share the ups and downs of this podcasting journey. Plus, hear the bonus story of Ma Barker.

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We crown another queen! Then we tell some fun stories. Amanda kicks off with Manon Rheaume, the first woman to play in any of the four major sports leagues. Rita introduces Timber Tina, a Lumberjill who runs her own park and competitions for women. 

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We crown a new Queen this week, then Rita gets us started with the story of Edmonia Lewis, the first professional African American (and Native American) sculptor. Amanda discusses Mathilde Krim, a medical researcher who devoted her life to funding AIDS research, saving thousands, if not millions, of lives.

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The hosts crown a new Queen of Caucasity at the start of the episode. Then Amanda jumps in with the story of Anna May Wong, the first Asian American Hollywood movie star. Rita follows with Dieynaba Sidibe, a Senegalese graffiti artist and slam poet whose work centers on women's rights.

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Things get personal at the top of the episode. Then Rita introduces Holocaust hero Yukiko Sugihara, the wife of Chiune, who helped more than 6,000 Jews out of Nazi territory. Amanda discusses the incredible life of Gertrude Jeannette, who was the first woman to get a motorcycle license and become a taxi driver, but that's not what she is truly remembered for. Her dedication to the black theater community lives on today in Harle...

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Who cares about body hair? Not Rita or Amanda! Amanda introduces us to Margaret McFarland, a child psychologist whose scientific theories were broadcast into nearly every home in America for decades. Then Rita tells the tale of Susan LaFlesche Picotte, the first Native American woman to become a doctor.

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The hosts discuss the idea of sharing naked selfies with friends, then onto some badass women. Rita talks about Elizabeth Brim, a blacksmith who plays with femininity in her work. Amanda shares the adventurous story of Kate Warne, the first female detective in the United States, who once thwarted an effort to assassinate Lincoln.

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Rita & Amanda kick off the episode reminiscing over childhood quirks. Then Amanda relays the fascinating tale of the first chef to be awarded six Michelin stars: Eugenie Brazier. Rita shares the story of Masako Katsura, a Japanese woman who took the billiards world by storm.

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This episode is excabitchin'! Rita details the ups and downs of tennis star Althea Gibson's life. Then Amanda introduces her favorite artist, Yayoi Kusama, who is the most successful living artist in the world. 


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Do we teach boys to devalue women? Damian Alexander's comic on women heroes sparks great discussion between the hosts. Then Amanda shares the story of dynamic bodybuilder Abbye "Pudgy" Stockton. Rita introduces Lorena Ramírez, an Indigenous runner of the Tarahumara tribe who made her mark on the ultrarunning scene before she turned 18. 

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Women's anger is the topic at the top of the hour, then Rita and Amanda dive in. Rita starts us off with Chu Ming Silveira, a Chinese-Brazilian architect and designer who created a life-saving iconic photo booth. Amanda shares the story of Dr. Alexa Canady, the first African American woman to become a neurosurgeon despite the obstacles and the odds stacked against her.

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Rita & Amanda encounter a creepy man at a bar, not a first for either of them. Then Amanda tells the story of Lyda Conley, the first Native American woman to argue before the Supreme Court, while Rita regales us with the tale of Lucy Hobbs Taylor. Lucy was the first woman to graduate from dentistry school!

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What a treat! Rita tackles the story of the dynamic Aboriginal singing group The Sapphires, who took Australia by storm & ended up in the middle of a war. Then Amanda shares the tale of Marie Tharp, who changed our view of the world's oceans forever. 

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Amanda sheds light on the full story of Laura Keene, an actress who rose to become one of the most powerful theatre managers in American history. But her life is often overshadowed by one fateful night. Rita tells the story of incredible indigenous activist Rigoberta Menchú Tum, who dedicated her life to improving conditions for Guatemala's indigenous women. 

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