Queen Nzinga, The West African Leader Who Fought Off Slave Traders
In the 17th century, the southwest region of Africa now known as Angola stood divided. It would take years -- and the influence of one remarkable woman -- to unite it.
Can This New Computer Algorithm Solve Murders?
A former news reporter has developed an algorithm to help solve murders — but will law enforcement use it?
“Dead Shot Mary” Shanley: The 1930s NYPD Officer With A Gun In Her Purse
Mary Stanley was one of the NYPD's first female police officers — and one of its most badass.
The Ins And Outs Of Victorian Dating
In spite or perhaps because of the value placed on chastity, the Victorians took flirting to a new level of crazy.
The Mysterious Lives Of 18th Century Garden Hermits
The ceramic garden gnomes we see today have a very human — and very solemn — past.
Sherri Finkbine And The 50-Year Fight For Abortion In America
Sherri Finkbine's story is an apt reminder of the hurdles that women have had to cross in order to assert control over their own bodies.
The Life And Times Of Ida B. Wells, One Of Intersectional Feminism’s Founders
“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”
The Story Of Hypatia, An Ancient Greek Intellectual Killed For Her Beliefs
One of the few women in Ancient Greek academe, Hypatia of Alexandria was a true sight to behold. And she was killed because of it.
Mansa Musa Of Mali May Have Been The Richest Person In History
Forget Rockefeller and Gates — 14th century Malian emperor Mansa Musa is likely the richest person ever.
The Worst Witch Trial in History Took Place In Spain, Not Salem
If you thought the Salem witch trials were bad, wait until you learn about what went down in Spain.
The Scary Truth Behind The Phantom Social Worker Legend
In the 1990s, hundreds of families in rural England reported that "phantom" social workers had abducted their children. As it turns out, the truth is worse than the urban legend.