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Well-behaved women seldom make history

Ted-Ed via YouTube


A series of videos featuring the lives and achievements of notable women from many eras and countries, including Cleopatra, Marie Curie, and Jane Austen.

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History's "worst" nun - Theresa A. Yugar.
History vs. Cleopatra - Alex Gendler.
A day in the life of an ancient Egyptian doctor - Elizabeth Cox.
The pharaoh that wouldn't be forgotten - Kate Green.
What really happened during the Salem Witch Trials - Brian A. Pavlac.
The genius of Marie Curie - Shohini Ghose.
The legend of Annapurna, Hindu goddess of nourishment - Antara Raychaudhuri & Iseult Gillespie.
The most successful pirate of all time - Dian Murray.
Did the Amazons really exist? - Adrienne Mayor.
Why should you read Virginia Woolf? - Iseult Gillespie.
The Egyptian myth of Isis and the seven scorpions - Alex Gendler.
A day in the life of a Mongolian queen - Anne F. Broadbridge.
How one scientist averted a national health crisis - Andrea Tone.
Ugly History: Witch Hunts - Brian A. Pavlac.
The princess who rewrote history - Leonora Neville.
The wicked wit of Jane Austen - Iseult Gillespie.
The murder of ancient Alexandria's greatest scholar - Soraya Field Fiorio.
The breathtaking courage of Harriet Tubman - Janell Hobson.
Frida Kahlo: The woman behind the legend - Iseult Gillespie.
The woman who stared at the sun - Alex Gendler.
Why should you read Sylvia Plath? - Iseult Gillespie.
From pacifist to spy: WWII’s surprising secret agent - Shrabani Basu.
The meaning of life according to Simone de Beauvoir - Iseult Gillespie.
Rosalind Franklin: DNA's unsung hero - Cláudio L. Guerra.
Ugly History: Japanese American incarceration camps - Densho.
A day in the life of an Aztec midwife - Kay Read.
How one journalist risked her life to hold murderers accountable - Christina Greer.
How one person saved over 2,000 children from the Nazis - Iseult Gillespie.
Who were Las Mariposas, and why were they murdered? - Lisa Krause.
Who was the world's first author? - Soraya Field Fiorio.
The contributions of female explorers - Courtney Stephens.
The hidden life of Rosa Parks - Riché D. Richardson.
The historic women’s suffrage march on Washington - Michelle Mehrtens.
How to see more and care less: The art of Georgia O'Keeffe - Iseult Gillespie.
Why should you read Flannery O’Connor? - Iseult Gillespie.
NASA’s first software engineer: Margaret Hamilton - Matt Porter & Margaret Hamilton.
The electrifying speeches of Sojourner Truth - Daina Ramey Berry.
How one scientist took on the chemical industry - Mark Lytle.
Why should you read sci-fi superstar Octavia E. Butler? - Ayana Jamieson and Moya Bailey.

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