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Hidden Figuras: Mabel Lee

by on May 28, 2018 0

In our latest episode of Hidden Figuras we share the story of Mabel Lee, a Hong-Kong born immigrant who helped the NY suffragist movement gain the support of the Chinese-American community. Her advocacy is one of the nation’s first examples of intersectional feminism.

Despite the fact that women across the nation won the right to vote in 1920, it is unknown if Mabel Lee ever voted herself. Due to the Chinese Exclusionary Act, a federal law barring Chinese immigrants from becoming citizens, many Chinese women never gained citizenship nor did they benefit from the suffrage movement.



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Gimme the Word: Gringo

by on May 21, 2018 0

In our latest episode of Gimme the Word, we look into the story behind gringo—a word commonly used to describe Americans.

The history of gringo is often tied to tall tales dating back to the Mexican-American war but contrary to popular belief, the true origin of the term lies in 18th century Spain, and it all begins with a joke.



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Sea of Change: Happy Period

by on May 17, 2018 0

“Every woman deserves access to menstrual products.”

While federally funded shelters are not required to provide homeless and lower-income women with menstrual hygiene products, Chelsea Von Chaz set out to change that.

Von Chaz founded Happy Period, an organization that collects and distributes menstrual hygiene products to homeless and low-income women around the country. What originally started with a couple friends buying pads and tampons at a local department store, has turned into a nationwide movement.



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Folkslore: Lil Grandma

by on May 14, 2018 0

“I’ve never healed so fast as the time Lil Grandma bound me to a dead bird.”

FOLKSLORE explores the quirky and sometimes odd rituals, superstitions and traditions of Americans living between two cultures. Our first episode of FOLKSLORE retells Tony Ochoa’s experience as a child growing up with a curandera grandmother.



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