Encyclopedia Womannica

Feminists: Intro to Women's History Month

Episode Summary

We've got a lot of exciting content for you this March. This episode, Jenny previews what's in store and highlights the woman who inspired it all, Kathy Manning.

Episode Notes

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To learn about the incredible Kathy Manning, check out WMN's Women belong in the House!

Every weekday, listeners explore the trials, tragedies, and triumphs of groundbreaking women throughout history who have dramatically shaped the world around us. In each 5 minute episode, we’ll dive into the story behind one woman listeners may or may not know -- but definitely should. These diverse women from across space and time are grouped into easily accessible and engaging monthly themes like Pioneers, Dreamers, Villainesses, STEMinists, Warriors & Social Justice Warriors, and many more. Encyclopedia Womannica is hosted by WMN co-founder and award-winning journalist Jenny Kaplan. The bite-sized episodes pack painstakingly researched content into fun, entertaining, and addictive daily adventures.

Encyclopedia Womannica was created by Liz Kaplan and Jenny Kaplan, executive produced by Jenny Kaplan, and produced by Liz Smith, Cinthia Pimentel, and Grace Lynch. Special thanks to Shira Atkins, Edie Allard, and Luisa Garbowit. Theme music by Andi Kristins. 

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Episode Transcription

Hello! From Wonder Media Network, I’m Jenny Kaplan. And this is Encyclopedia Womannica. 

You may be surprised to hear from me on a Sunday, but this just couldn’t wait. I’m so excited to tell you about the content we’ve got planned for you this month! If you’ve been listening for a while you know that on this show, we’re making every month Women’s History Month. But by Presidential Proclamation, March is the official Women’s History Month. To celebrate, we’re going to bring you episodes every single day -- weekdays and weekends -- about Feminists, women who fought for gender equity. 

Our regular weekday shows are going to be focused on women who were particularly important to the women’s rights movement, the suffrage movement, and/or modern feminism and feminist theory. On Saturdays, we’re going to highlight modern feminists brought to you by our sponsor this month, Fiverr. On Sundays, we’re going to highlight favorite feminists from past months chosen by other podcast hosts we love and the WMN community. 

On top of all of that, we’re launching Womannica Weekly, a newsletter where we’ll be sharing behind-the-scenes content and more on some of our favorite featured women. A link to subscribe is in the episode notes. If you subscribe this month, you’ll be entered to win an Encyclopedia Womannica t-shirt!

In addition to all the Encyclopedia Womannica excitement, we’ve got a bunch of other stuff cooking here at WMN in honor of March. Tune into Ordinary Equality, an audio-documentary style show about the past, present, and exciting future of the Equal Rights Amendment. It’s an incredible story filled with twists and turns and incredible characters. We are closer than ever to getting equal rights for women into the U.S. Constitution, so now’s the time to get up to speed. 

We’re also launching season two of our flagship podcast, Women belong in the House. That brings me to the woman my sister and co-creator, Liz, and I want to highlight on today’s special episode. The woman who inspired it all, our mom Kathy Manning. 

Long story short, our mom decided to run for Congress in North Carolina’s 13th District in December of 2017. That decision spurred the chain of events that inspired me to quit my job and start Wonder Media Network and our first show Women belong in the House. It also inspired Liz to start the research project that turned into Encyclopedia Womannica. Instead of telling you Kathy Manning’s life story here, I want to encourage you to go listen to the very first episode of last season of Women Belong in the House to hear from the woman herself. The link is included in this episode’s description for your convenience. While Kathy  didn’t win in 2018, I’m thrilled to share that she’s running again. The primary is this coming Tuesday. 

Subscribe to get ready for Season 2. We’ll be releasing the season trailer on Super Tuesday. Last time we talked about the record number of women running for Congress. This time, we’re focused on what it’s like being in the House of Representatives -- the highs, the lows, and everything in between. 

It’s going to be a jam packed month. And we’d love to hear from you! Reach out on social, we’re on facebook and instagram at Encyclopedia Womannica. you directly on twitter at @jennymkaplan Talk to you tomorrow!