#1418: The Ascent of Woman And A Woman's Scent

Sep 26, 2016

On this week’s 51%, an historian talks about women’s roles in shaping civilization and her BBC documentary on the subject. And we meet a woman with a nose for memory. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Award-winning historian Dr. Amanda Foreman argues that a history that pushes women to the margins is an untruth that must be challenged. To this end, she created the four-part documentary series "The Ascent of Woman" with the BBC. Lauren Schiller of Inflection Point spoke with Dr. Foreman about the role that women have really played in shaping our civilization. 

That was Dr. Amanda Foreman talking about her BBC documentary "The Ascent of Woman" with Lauren Schiller, host of Inflection Point produced at KALW.  Hear more of the interview as well as Lauren's other conversations at inflectionpointradio.org

We actually will talk about the scent of a woman, but not the Al Pacino film. Maybe I’m just waxing sentimental about summer fading away here in the Northeast, but this next piece reminds me of when I was a little girl, eager to fill every summer moment with doing anything outside. One of my infrequent but obviously memorable endeavors was to make homemade perfume but filling a jar with water and picking everything from a garden flower to a weed to make that oh so imperfect summer scent that ended up down the drain or recycled back onto the lawn. Smell is a catalyst for memories. But for Antonia Bellanca, smell is an art form. Shelby El Otmani has the story from Osterville, MA.

You can learn more about Antonia’s perfume at atoniasflowers.com 

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