episode 9. The Mastectomy: Reclaim your power

The symbol of the breast is well known throughout society. Breasts symbolize sexuality, motherhood, femininity, and more. But what do breasts mean to women who lose them? In this episode, we explore the history of the surgical procedure of breast removal, the mastectomy, in the context of breast cancer. After discussing how this procedure cameContinue reading “episode 9. The Mastectomy: Reclaim your power”

episode 8. Flibanserin: Viagra’s less popular little sister

Chances are you’ve probably heard of the “ little blue pill” that gives men erections almost like magic. But have you ever heard of Flibanserin? This “female Viagra” is the topic of this week’s episode, where we talk a little science and biology but of course get into some history, learning about Erectile Dysfunction, FemaleContinue reading “episode 8. Flibanserin: Viagra’s less popular little sister”

episode 7. Henrietta and HeLa: One in the Same

Have you ever had someone take something from you without asking? Bet it was pretty annoying huh? Now, have you ever had anyone take cells from your cervix without your consent? Probably not. But Henrietta Lacks has. In 1951, Henrietta was diagnosed with cervical cancer and her cells were taken without consent to create theContinue reading “episode 7. Henrietta and HeLa: One in the Same”

episode 6. Women as Medical Students: Time for a Takeover

Think about the first time you heard about a woman being a doctor? Maybe you were 4 years old and your doctor mom came home with a stethoscope around her neck or maybe you were 12 and heard about your brother’s best friend’s sister getting into medical school. Regardless, women in your life and aroundContinue reading “episode 6. Women as Medical Students: Time for a Takeover”

episode 5. Birth Control: The Seventh Wonder

Part 1:  Before modern medicine, what lengths would you resort to in an attempt to not get pregnant? Well men and women throughout history pushed the limits on what qualified as birth control. In Part 1 of this episode we laugh and joke as we learn the methods of birth control used by people acrossContinue reading “episode 5. Birth Control: The Seventh Wonder”

episode 4. Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy: Remember Their Names

Human experimentation has had a long, dark history in the practice of medicine, with people of color being the subjects far too often. This week, we discuss the lives of Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy, three of the ten enslaved Black women subjected to the gynecological experiments of Dr. J. Marion Sims, an Antebellum physician. LearnContinue reading “episode 4. Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy: Remember Their Names”

episode 3. Freudian ideas of women: The Riddle

If you have ever taken an introduction to psychology class or read an obscure psych article on a blog, you may have heard of Sigmund Freud. Freud is known as the Father of Psychology. His various theories have impacted society throughout the past century and his theories and ideas about women are no different. InContinue reading “episode 3. Freudian ideas of women: The Riddle”

episode 2. Elizabeth Blackwell: Wait, THAT woman is a doctor?

Do YOU know how the first woman got into med school? Was it because of her brains? Looks? Luck? You can find out in our first biography episode, a deep dive into the life and times of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female to graduate from medical school in the United States. But this biography doesn’tContinue reading “episode 2. Elizabeth Blackwell: Wait, THAT woman is a doctor?”

episode 1. Ancient Origins of Nursing: The Rise and Fall

When you think of nursing, what comes to mind? Probably not Greek women working in an ancient temple or women being named saints. But hey, history is full of surprises. Join us as Charlotte teaches Alesha about the rise and fall of the incredibly important profession of nursing. We will start in 2575 BCE andContinue reading “episode 1. Ancient Origins of Nursing: The Rise and Fall”