What’s this episode about?
The needle is perhaps one of the most loaded yet ignored tools in human history. When I looked for scholarly articles on its history using a research one university library I came up short — gravely short— with references!
Unsurprisingly, the needle remains under-researched and under-analyzed as both a help and hindrance to women’s access to education and professions outside of the home. This episode discusses the needle’s 40,000-year evolution with major archaeological gaps. Learn about materials from which it was made as well as the dangerous processes used for their mass-produced manufacture during the industrial revolution.
The overlooked stories of the needle…
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