The Rebel Women of 19th-Century New York

A new exhibition explores the “Rebel Women” of 19th-century New York, and we talk to curator Marcela Micucci to discover the stories of these largely forgotten figures.

Women’s satin boots, circa 1870–80, that are on display as part of the Rebel Women exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York (image courtesy the museum)

While the stories of trailblazing women continue to inspire, many of them have been written out of history books or ignored by historians. On this week’s episode, curator Marcela Micucci talks to us about these figures — including the so-called “Witch of Wall Street,” Hetty Green — who had a big impact on all aspects of city life. Micucci’s exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York is titled Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism, and it’s full of colorful stories.

I also talk to critic Paddy Johnson and artist William Powhida, co-hosts of the Explain Me podcast, about the fall season, New York museums, and what they’ve been up to.

A special thanks to Twig Twig for the music to this week’s episode. You can listen to that and more at twigtwig.bandcamp.com and on other streaming services.

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