Isaac Meyer

Historian, teacher, podcaster

Episode 59 – The Only Women in the Room

This week, we’re covering two women whose work in the Occupation helped reshape Japan into a modern state. Beate Sirota was the Austrian-born Jewish-American woman who pushed for Japan’s equal rights clauses in its Constitution, and Eleanor Hadley was a Seattle native who fought to disestablish Japan’s powerful zaibatsu.  We’ll discuss the lives and contributions of these two incredible women.

Listen to the episode here.


Dower, John. Embracing Defeat.

Hadley, Eleanor. Memoir of a Trustbuster.

Sirota-Gordon, Beate. The Only Woman in the Room.

An article on Hadley’s life from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 



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Episode 60 – Women’s Activism in Japan


  1. Brian Robinson

    Were can I suggest an episode because I have two questions that if I’m not being to selfish, I would like to see them as episodes

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