Sep 21, 2021 • 53M

Episode 1: Joe Carstairs

Speedboat racing champion, ruler of an island, and lover of Marlene Dietrich

Valorie Clark
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Joe riding a motorbike on her private island, Whale Cay. From Life Magazine, around 1941.

I hope you enjoy this episode about Joe Carstairs! I really loved researching her and learning all about her life. She was so fascinating.

Soon, I’ll have up the transcript as well as some photos of Joe from her life. Until then, stay unruly.

Episode Bibliography


  • Summerscale, Kate. The Queen of Whale Cay. Bloomsbury, 1997.

Articles & Websites

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  • “Joe Carstairs.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Feb. 2021,

  • Johnson, Amir. “Progressive Butch: Joe Carstairs.” DriveTribe, DriveTribe, 27 Aug. 2017,

  • “Women of the Red Cross Motor Corps in WWI.” National Women's History Museum, 19 Oct. 2018,

  • Yaeger, Lynn. “The Wild, Irreverent Life of Joe Carstairs.” Vogue, Vogue, 22 Jan. 2016,