This podcast is devoted to the first fully-integrated all-female jazz band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Originally from Mississippi, the group got its start as a choir in the 1920’s and later came to prominence as a swing band in the early 1940’s. They performed in the 1930’s and 40’s alongside the orchestras of Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman. Their prowess on their instruments and stage show was equally stunning. The role that women have played in jazz is often overlooked and not enough attention has been given to their numerous and notable contributions to jazz starting in the 1920s. These recordings of the International Sweethearts dispel any myths that women were not excellent jazz musicians.