Alex and Nick are getting tipsy for Temperance. Prohibition in the U.S. may have been a disaster, but the journey to Gatsby’s world of bootleggers and Tommy Guns was filled with remarkable women!
In this SIDEBAR Audio Post we welcome Christine Hoffmark, an art history graduate student, who sheds light on the trial regarding the rape of renaissance artist, Artemesia Gentileschi.
This episode of Remember the Ladies explores the accomplished life of Ida B. Well. Known mostly for her work as a journalist and as an anti-lynching activist, Wells was also a teacher, suffragist, and one of the founders of the NAACP!
In this episode of Remember the Ladies, Alex and Nick celebrate the United States’ landmark decision to allow women into all combat roles in the military (decision made December 3rd, 2015). Join them on a historical tour of women in the military!
This Saturday we will be exploring the life and times of Nellie Bly (1864-1922), along side our guest Stephanie Mech. Among her many incredible feats, Bly spent ten days in an insane asylum as an undercover reporter. The below quote is from her own pen in reference to that bold endeavor.
“Could I pass a week in the insane ward at Blackwell’s Island? I said I could and I would. And I did.”
On August 26th, 1920, the 19th Amendment was officially declared in effect. Women gained the constitutional right to vote in the United States. The two sentences of the amendment read:
1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
It has been less than a century since half of the United State’s population was given the right to vote. For those of you who are American citizens, please take a moment and consider the insurmountable power that those two sentences hold. Consider the nearly one-hundred year struggle women faced to achieve this, and the obstacles that they had to overcome. Let us be grateful for those who came before and spent their lives dedicated to the ever long quest for equality.
Let us remember them.
If Abigail Adams led a tumultuous life, it pales in comparison to the woeful tale of her daughter-in-law, Louisa, wife of John Quincy Adams. Louisa proved to be even more sickly than Abigail and far less suited for the role of First Lady. She expressed regret at marrying into a political family and disdained the White House, saying of it, “There is something in this great, unsocial house which depresses my spirits beyond expression.” During her time in the capitol, she suffered from migraines, fainting spells, and a black depression that she attempted to ease through playing her harp and writing plays.
All three of her sons were embroiled in scandals during her husband’s single term as president – her first became addicted to opium, fathered a child out of wedlock, and would later commit suicide; her second was kicked out of Harvard; and her third was caught soliciting prostitutes. Her only daughter had passed away years before at just one year old.
Louisa’s reclusive nature and aversion to politics made for a turbulent marriage. She thought the Adams men cold, and she and her husband clashed over wide differences in, among other things, their views on education and women’s rights. Before John Quincy’s presidency, Louisa endured endless meddling on the part of Abigail Adams, who believed she herself was better suited to raise Louisa’s children.
Despite all of her trials, she remained supportive of John Quincy, helping him organize a fight against slavery and holding highly regarded receptions for diplomats and other distinguished guests. For her husband’s benefit, she braved cold winters in Russia, eight years of separation from two of her sons, and a six week coach ride across war-torn Europe, during which she saved her own life by convincing French troops she was Napoleon’s sister. Her perceptiveness and intelligence made her an invaluable aide to her husband’s political career. To this day she is the only First Lady born outside of the U.S. (in London), one of only two First Ladies to ever entertain guests by playing an instrument, and the first woman whose death led Congress to adjourn in mourning.
By Alex Thomas
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We are both very excited to post that we will be recording our first episode on Saturday afternoon!
Episode One we will introduce our podcast and share the life and legacy of the woman we owe our title to: Abigail Adams.