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In Your Face Women

Series produced by KSLU

Caption: Rebecca Hensley
Rebecca Hensley 

Profiles of strong women we never hear about... but should!

This is the audio accompaniment of a book project about women we never hear about: women who climbed mountains, scalped their kidnappers, and held off the Roman troops longer than anyone else ever!

Rebecca Hensley is "tired of living in a world where the slang term for being weak is a slang term for a woman's genitals. I'm not asking for respect anymore. I'm giving it. To myself."

Through this series, Hensley profiles "the women whose stories made me sit up at my computer in the middle of the night and cackle gleefully, 'Well, go ahead on, Louise (or Conchita or Tegla or Ng Miu)!' and I’m presenting them here for your entertainment."


55 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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They and their husbands helped to form the 14th of June Movement, named for the 1959 organized uprising against the Trujillo regime.

  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 02:55
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After re-establishing her power, whenever the armies of other Indian lords attacked Jhansi, Lakshmibai was reportedly seen riding horseback into ba...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 03:11
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Anthropologist Margaret Mead had a lot to do with the "sexual revolution" in the 1960's

  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 02:36
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Maggie Kuhn left no stone unturned to leave the world in a better state than she found it. No topic was off limits. In fact, she even talked about ...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 02:50
  • Purchases: 1
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Lucy Parsons fought tirelessly and effectively for the rights of political prisoners, people of color, workers, the homeless and women.

  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 02:33
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Lucretia Mott advocated for world peace, racial justice, women's rights, and compassion for the poor and imprisoned.

  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 02:32
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We might imagine that the plays Hellman wrote against fascism during World War II and her fundraising for anti-Nazis imprisoned in France would hav...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 02:39
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Six countries and countless meetings with radical women later, Ngoyi boldly returned to South Africa, expecting to be arrested -- which she, needle...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 02:18
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After the Civil War, Haviland became a one-woman cyclone of activity, organizing refugee camps and establishing schools, volunteering as a teacher ...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 02:26
  • Purchases: 1
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What got Lewis all the recognition, accolades, awards, articles, honors, and even financial rewards, were the many times she climbed in a lifeboat ...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 02:40
  • Purchases: 1
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By World War I, Sha'arawi had established a women's welfare society to raise money for poor women, had helped to found a union for educated Egyptia...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 02:34
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For nearly two years, using multiple false identities, Petit not only gathered and passed information, but assisted the underground resistance and ...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 02:19
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Older, overworked, frustrated and unwell, Hamer's famous line "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired" appears on her tombstone. But she mainta...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 02:41
  • Purchases: 1
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Goldman was repeatedly arrested and incarcerated during her life on charges of "inciting to riot" or disseminating birth control information, consi...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2013
  • Length: 02:28
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Scott -- called "The Tomboy of the Air" -- was part of Curtiss' exhibition team, flying upside down and plummeting to the earth in "death dives," ...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2013
  • Length: 02:21
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Tereshkova climbed aboard the Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963, and was launched into space to orbit the Earth forty-eight times over a three day period.

  • Added: Nov 05, 2012
  • Length: 02:30
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Taylor made the cut as an in-your-face woman because she had the brass to go to secret schools as a child and then pass along what she learned as t...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2012
  • Length: 02:24
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Highly frustrated at this bold resistance right under their noses, the Nazi Powers-That-Be identified and arrested Sophie, her brother and one othe...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Nov 05, 2012
  • Length: 03:08
  • Purchases: 1
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Rand was even arrested once wearing long underwear and a "censored by the SFPD" sign -- despite the judge's immunity ruling

  • Added: Nov 05, 2012
  • Length: 02:28
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Smith-Robinson was voted the SNCC's Executive Secretary (its chief administrator) and, as such, was a focused and militant Black Power proponent.

  • Added: Nov 05, 2012
  • Length: 02:38