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Some of the Most Flawless Women on WNYC's Airwaves

Gypsy Rose Lee, 1956

We’re not the first to say it. Alexis de Toqueville attributed the singular prosperity of our democracy to “the superiority of American women.” New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner pulled that quote in 1956 while honoring Althea Gibson, the first African-American to win a Grand Slam in tennis.

Since then, Gypsy Rose Lee made burlesque an art before Brooklyn said it was; Ultra Violet (Isabelle Collin Dufrense) made a star film director out of Andy Warhol; Angel Derby pilots raced to the Bahamas; Erica Jong went zipperless; and Eleanor Roosevelt laid it down on the ones and twos for which radio station? Oh, that’s right. It was WNYC. We happen to have that audio in our archives, along with plenty, plenty more. It’s history. It’s women. Bow down.

Listen to some of the most important women who've graced our air.