Call us history nerds, but we love learning about the amazingly talented women who played a role in building modern society. So when we discovered Feminist Frequency’s web series Ordinary Women, about ladies in history who pushed the gender boundaries of their time, we knew we had to watch all of them IMMEDIATELY.
FYI, Feminist Frequency is a nonprofit organization founded by Anita Sarkeesian that creates educational videos with a feminist perspective. Here’s her awesome introductory vid on the new series:
The Ordinary Women series consists of five episodes, each about lesser known women across the globe that had, ironically, very extraordinary lives. Luckily, they’re only about 3–6 minutes long each, so you can binge-watch them all in under a half hour. YES.
Here’s a cheat sheet to the amazing feminist women covered in the videos, and enjoy watching the glass ceiling shatter.
Ching Shih, the badass Chinese pirate commander
Ching Shih was known as a powerful, feared leader with shrewd business tactics.
Emma Goldman, the women’s rights activist
A Russian Jewish immigrant, Emma Goldman spread her radical ideas about gender, sex, and sexuality across the U.S.
Ida B. Wells, the civil rights crusader
Born a slave during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells became an investigative journalist that fought tooth and nail for equal rights for blacks.
Murasaki Shikibu, the literary prodigy
The Japanese writer who penned the classic Tale of Genji in a field dominated by men.
Ada Lovelace, the computer science whiz
The brilliant scientist that played a major role in developing the computer as we know it.
Check out the entire binge-worthy playlist right here:
We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling inspired to go out and challenge the status quo!