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Sometime last year I was browsing a list of historical websites when one called “The History Chicks” leapt out. Appreciating its 1960s name, I clicked on the link, and wasn’t disappointed. There was a terrific mix of humor, fun facts and storytelling, all based around women who figured in history. Not just the expected ones, such as Amelia Earhart, Joan of Arc and Clara Barton, but recent heroes such as Rosa Parks. A list of royals ranging all the way back to Hatshepsut in Ancient Egypt, plus authors, artists and musicians. And pop culture like Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz and Little House, as well as themes such as Housewives of the 1950s and Gilded Age Servants. A cornucopia of women in all walks of life, from an array of time periods.
Each topic is explored in a conversational style, with lots of asides and humorous comments. The photos have truly clever captions and are enjoyable unto themselves. At the end are book and film recommendations in case one is interested in further research.
This is actually a double-barreled operation. One is the written biographies of the subjects that you see (called “shownotes”) and the other is their podcasts, which was the original purpose. Being hearing-impaired, I can’t get the full benefit of the audio podcasts, but from what I could tell they were very entertaining and had even more info and anecdotes than the printed summations.
Appropriately enough, the site is run by two women from Kansas City, Missouri, a Southern state in the U.S. and only one of them considers herself a history buff. The podcasts, which have been nominated for 5 awards, began in 2011 and follow an irregular schedule, but their random dates make you treasure them all the more. Their goals was to make history interesting and to highlight some women who did important things that people have forgotten about. In both, they’ve certainly succeeded and made it entertaining to boot. I hope the History Chicks are around for a long time!
To check out this fun and educational website, go to The History Chicks .