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The Hidden Herstory Podcast

The Hidden Herstory Podcast

Author: Chrissy Hamlin

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An Independent Women's History Podcast, uncovering the lives of intriguing, infamous and inspiring women from History.

Our special theme in Season One is #InspiringWomen.

All Episodes are produced and presented by former Teacher & aspiring Author, Chrissy Hamlin. .

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14 Episodes
In the first Episode of Season Two of the podcast, Chrissy chats to Melissa Jones from the Women's Museum of California, and discovers how the museum is expanding and evolving to include several online exhibitions, community work, educational spaces, and much more.  Melissa also tells us the stories of three amazing American women - Mary Maschal, Alice Park, and Alice Hohlmeyer. Mary Maschal was the original founder of the Women's Museum of California and the story of how she worked tirelessly to preserve women's history is extraordinary. Alice Park was a lifelong suffragist and pacifist, whose papers and documents, Mary Maschal discovered and preserved & Alice Hohlmeyer played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1946 to 1951. Hear all these fascinating stories and lots more interesting historical chat, on this podcast episode, which continues the #SistersAcrossTheAtlantic theme that we began last year. Visit the Women's Museum of California  History | Women's Museum of California ( Follow the Women's Museum on Social Media Women's Museum of California (@WomensMuseum) / Twitter Women's Museum of California | Facebook Women's Museum of California (@womensmuseum) • Instagram  --- Send in a voice message:
Chrissy chats with Canadian Historian, Ballet Dancer and Blogger, Jessica Storoschuk from Winnipeg, Manitoba, in this extra special Christmas Episode. In the first part of the show, we talk about our own personal family Christmas traditions, and go on to discuss some of the fascinating Religious, Royal and pre-Christian history that has also become the foundation of the contemporary Christmas celebrations we know and love today - and we also discuss the book "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.  In the second half of the show, Jessica tells us about two amazing women who both have connections with Christmas: Queen Alexandra was Queen Victoria's daughter-in-law. This shy, deaf, highly dignified Queen, who was married to the notorious womanizer, King Edward, took up photography as a hobby and published a book of her photographs, featuring various members of the Royal families of Europe relaxing on holiday, in order to raise money for her chosen charities at Christmas. The book was a bestseller all over the world, and Queen Alexandra's story is a truly fascinating one, which we shall be exploring further on the blog at  Jessica also tells us about the life and career of British Ballet Dancer, Margot Fonteyn, who was one of the most influential and highly respected ballet dancers of the 20th century. One of her most famous roles was in the traditional Christmas Ballet "The Nutcracker". Margot Fonteyn married a South American Politician in the 1950's and went on to act as a cultural ambassador for the UK. Despite suffering many personal difficulties in her private life, and spending a great deal of her time and money caring for her husband after he was paralyzed in a failed assassination attempt, she always remained 100% focused in her dancing career, working with such greats as Robert Helpmann, Frank Ashton, and Rudolf Nureyev. She was still dancing professionally, well inther 60's, in order to finance her husband's complex medical needs, but she sadly died penniless in Panama, South America and is buried in an unmarked grave. Find out more about the legendary, Margot Fonteyn as Historian, Jessica tells us her extraordinary story.  Visit Jessica's blog & Follow her on Social Media  An Historian About Town | History in the Making An Historian About Town | Facebook An Historian About Town (@anhistorianblog) / Twitter An Historian About Town (@anhistorianabouttown) • Instagram  An Historian About Town | Bloglovin’ --- Send in a voice message:
In this episode, we talk with Dr Anya Jabour from The University of Montana, about a trailblazing but now largely forgotten American woman, called Sophonisba Breckinridge, who was an activist, social reformer, social scientist and innovator in higher education. She was the first woman to earn a Doctorate in political science and economics at the University of Chicago, and she was also the first woman to pass the Kentucky bar.  Anya Jabour spent 10 years researching and writing her biography of Breckinridge. In this episode Dr Jabour tells us what first got her interested in history and how she undertook her research for the book, before telling us more details about Breckinridge's amazing life and achievements.  This episode introduces our new "Sister's Across the Atlantic" theme, which will continue in Season Two of the podcast in January 2022. Next year we will focus on some well-known and lesser known figures from American Women's History. We'll have in-depth guest interviews with a range of American authors, historians and museums, including Pamela Toler, Didi Hoffman, Dr. Theresa Kominski and The Women's Museum of California --- Send in a voice message:
Our Guest on this episode is Singer Songwriter Kate Garner who specializes in Vintage style music. We discuss Kate's recent performance at the "Noel Coward Art & Style Exhibition" at the Guildhall Art Gallery and find out why Kate's London family and her famous musical dad, played such an important role in her musical upbringing and how she learned to stream live gigs from home during the recent Covid 19 lockdowns. We also talk about the various women from history which have inspired some of Kate's songs and her forthcoming musical based on the Mapp & Lucia books.  We also get an in-show "Text Message" from Karen at the Hotsy Totsy Club!  Chrissy tells Kate the story of her 2 X Great Aunt, Madeline Tisdall, who was a Music Hall Dancer in the early 1900's and Kate reveals her top three inspiring women from history - Music Hall Queen, Marie Lloyd, Queen of the Keyboards, Winifred Atwell, and THE actual Queen herself - Elizabeth II.  You can hear two of Kate's songs in this podcast episode "Little Things" ( written during the pandemic) and "Why Not Me"  (written for her Dad's Album)  You can hear Kate play Coronation Rag at You can watch the Trailer for Kate's Gig for the Art Deco Society on 9th December: Songs About The Legends Of The Art Deco Era - Kate Garner Trailer - YouTube Visit Kate's website: Kate Garner | ( Follow On Twitter - Kate Garner (@KateGarnerMusic) / Twitter Follow on Facebook - Follow on Instagram - Kate Garner (@kategarnermusic)  Follow on You Tube - IF YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS EPISODE, PLEASE LEAVE US A VOICEMAIL MESSAGE & GIVE US SOME FEEDBACK! YOU COULD BE FEATURED ON THE PODCAST!  --- Send in a voice message:
In the 3rd episode of our "Inspiring Women" series of interviews, Chrissy talks to award winning time management coach, business entrepreneur, and author, Abigail Barnes. Abigail started her company "Success by Design Training" and created the 888 Formula, after having a stroke in her 30's, whilst she was away on a business trip to America. This traumatic, but pivotal event in her life, made Abigail totally re-think her own relationship with time. As a result she is now on a mission to teach other people how to use their time more effectively and productively, both at work and at home, through her various training courses and live broadcasts.  Listen to Abigail's personal story to learn how you can manage your time better. Discover why the Olympic Athlete, Sally Gunnell, Body Shop Founder, Anita Roddick and Entrepreneur, Carrie Green, are all contemporary women, who have made history in recent years, and by doing so have inspired other women.   ABIGAIL'S LINKS Success by Design Training - For Business Time Management for Entrepreneurs and Professionals – Book Abigail Barnes ⏰ Productivity Strategist - Founder - Success by Design Training | LinkedIn Abigail Barnes | Facebook Abigail Barnes | 888 Formula (@abarnesauthor) • Instagram Abigail Barnes (@abarnesauthor) - Twitter --- Send in a voice message:
In the second "Inspiring Women" interview in our current series, Chrissy chats to top menopause coach, Lauren Chiren from "Women of a Certain Stage" and finds out why Rosa Parks and Ruth Bader Ginsberg have inspired her personal mission to bring a greater understanding of the menopause into women's lives and work places. We discuss the ways in which Lauren's coaching work educates people of all ages and genders about the menopause and women's health and well-being. Lauren recounts her own very personal story of how she unexpectedly went through the menopause in her 40's and believed she had early onset dementia whilst she was working in a top executive career and was a single parent. We discover how that led her into running a coaching business, to ensure that no other woman has to go through similar experiences.  We also discuss the important impact that an inspirational female teacher can have on a your life and tell our own stories about 2 wonderful female teachers - both Scottish women - who inspired us. --- Send in a voice message:
In the first of our "Inspiring Women" series of interviews, Chrissy chats to author and writing coach, Nikki Vallance about her debut Novel "Pivotal" and finds out how she went from a 20 year career in recruitment, to being a coach, speaker and published author in her 40's. Chrissy & NIKKI then discuss the lives and work of the three great literary women who have inspired Nikki the most - George Eliot, Daphne Du Maurier and Mary Wesley who all encapsulate the ethos behind Nikki's favourite quote - "It's never too late to be who you ought to be". --- Send in a voice message:
Chrissy chats to Feminist Writer & Artist, Renee Gerlich, from New Zealand, about her "Brief Complete Herstory" series of books which give an illustrated overview of Women's History, from the Big Bang to the present day and answer many women's questions about subjects such as politics & religion. --- Send in a voice message:
Chrissy chats to composer Ewen Moore about the his one-woman musical Battersea Bardot, which tells the story the British Actress Carol White, who became famous for her roles in groundbreaking 1960's TV Reality drama's "Cathy Come Home", "Poor Cow" and "Up the Junction", which were written by Nell Dunn and directed by Ken Loach.  Show Notes Visit Ewen's website to hear songs from "Battersea Bardot - Ewen Moore Ewen Moore (@ewencadenmoore) / Twitter Battersea Bardot - the musical (@BardotBattersea) / Twitter Stream Battersea Bardot - the musical music | Listen to songs, albums, playlists for free on SoundCloud --- Send in a voice message:
For the first guest interview for the Hidden Herstory Podcast, we speak to Historian and Author, Dr Cathy Hunt, who has just written a brand new biography of Scottish Trade Unionist and Suffragist, Mary MacArthur, who was known as the working women's champion. Dr Hunt tells how she researched the story of Mary and then we go on to discuss the life and work of this little-known trailblazing woman.  Show Notes Cathy Hunt historian – History – what I do, what I love Dr Cathy Hunt (@CathyJHunt) / Twitter Cathy Hunt Historian | Facebook --- Send in a voice message:
Discover the previously untold story of my ancestor, Jane Blanks - an 18th Century resident of Little Baddow, Essex who had 2 illegitimate children & was involved in a scandalous bigamy trial at The Old Bailey. --- Send in a voice message:
We discuss the plight of 3rd Class female passengers on board Titanic and uncover some of the hidden her stories of the women who survived - and those who perished. --- Send in a voice message:
Introducing my blog & podcast at In Season One, Episode 1 you get the low down on who I am & why I write blog articles and record podcast shows on intriguing, infamous & inspiring women. --- Send in a voice message:
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