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90 minutes | Nov 18, 2018
Episode 22: Hot Hot Ladies
In recognition of the heroic and diverse firefighters risking their lives to control the fires in California, Emily explores the history of women who fight fires. In the United States (and countries all over the world) firefighting is still considered a man’s world. And yet, there are women among them, fighting for respect, advocating for each other, and trying to change the culture so that the next generation of women who fight fires may be welcomed and accepted by their peers. This episode touches on the stories of just a handful of these remarkable women. After the episode checkout: [The International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services](https://www.i-women.org/) Learn more about the challenges these women face and arm yourself with knowledge! [Click Here ](https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/magazine/the-incarcerated-women-who-fight-californias-wildfires.html)for the incredible NYT article about incarcerated women firefighters. If you’d like to get a copy of the children’s book mentioned in the episode, you can find it here: [“Molly, By Golly!” by Dianne Ochiltree](https://www.amazon.com/Molly-Golly-Williams-Americas-Firefighter/dp/1590787218) And finally: [HERE](https://datausa.io/profile/soc/332011/#demographics) is the cool data website!
86 minutes | Nov 4, 2018
Episode 21: Why Wait
Anna’s got real talk comin’ at ya learning about the history of the emphasis on abstinence and the value of virginity. Anna shares a historical perspective on Virginity and how it came to be so highly valued. She did her breathing exercises and kept her cool to share why it’s a misguided value, and how it is harming women all over the world. After the episode head on over to [Marie Stopes International](https://mariestopes.org/)for information on how to get contraception in the hands of women all over the world, and ideas on how you can contribute to the cause! Warning: This episode includes frank talk about the reproductive system, so if you usually listen with your children, be ready to answer all their questions after this truth bomb.
59 minutes | Oct 21, 2018
Episode 20: The OG story of RBG
Emily gives us a bio pic style summary of the life and times of RBG, that’s right RUTH. In honor of her birthday, Emily and Anna celebrate the life and accomplishments of the OG, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She’s tough, she’s serious, she doesn’t mess around! And we’ll put our money where our mouths are and bet that her lifetime nap total isn’t even in the same ballpark as ours! Learn about Our Lady of badassedness and raise a glass! When you’re done with the episode, head on over to: The Center for Constitutional Rights And find out how to send money or volunteer, because, let’s face it, we can’t all be RBG, but we can all do a little bit. Find us! Emily @speaksharp Anna @quicksendtacos Got more info or thoughts to share? @ us! @femcastchicago
70 minutes | Oct 7, 2018
Episode 19: The Pill
Anna Lu brings you the 411 on the pill – how it has (or, spoiler, hasn’t) changed since it was created, how they tested it, and more! It’s about time we find out what’s going on with those little daily contraceptives. If only grade school social studies covered this info! As you gear up for the fight to protect Roe V Wade and reporductive rights in general, let this episode get you informed and fired up! When it comes to evidence based healthcare decisions for women, you can’t get any more badass than these organizations: PRJKT RBY National Women’s Health Network Check them out and see how you can contribute to their missions! Find us! Emily @speaksharp Anna @quicksendtacos Get in touch for discussion and compliments @femcastchicago
96 minutes | Sep 23, 2018
Episode 18: Any Way You Want it That’s the Way You Need It!
Emily gets down and dirty with your reproduction prevention! A history of sex-ed, birth control, and the woman who kicked off the organization that we now know as Planned Parenthood! These ladies know their rights! The fight for access to safe birth control had a champion named Margaret Sanger – and boy did this tough chick work for it! Since the whole story could be a season unto itself, Emily focused this episode on the life and times of this amazing woman and her series of accomplishments that brought us to where we are today! If you want to read some of Sanger’s work check out Family Limitations EVEN MORE amazing information about how we got control of birth can be found right here! CLICK HERE To find a health center near you, make a donation, or get accurate information about your body! Then check out the Planned Parenthood websites to make a donation or find other ideas about how you can support PP and their mission!
82 minutes | Sep 9, 2018
Episode 17: True Colors of Feminisim
Anna explains it all! Anna Lucero explores the history of feminism, and the ways it has left women of color and non-binary friends behind. Acknowledging how we got here and how we can do better going forward is our responsibility everyday! This episode explores what it takes to make actively pursue intersectionality in your feminist words deeds. There are lots of examples of how women working for equal rights have neglected to include ALL women. While it is uncomfortable to confront our short-comings, especially when we think we’re doing the right thing, it’s so important to learn from our mistakes. In this episode we learn about women who pushed for intersectionality in the feminist movement. After the episode run, don’t walk over to Anita Sarkeesian’s site: Feminist Frequency Anita, of #gamergate fame started this excellent site. The amazing team running the website work their butts off for more inclusive media and to eradicate online harassment in all its forms!
71 minutes | Aug 19, 2018
Episode 16: Ida B SWELL!
Emily takes a dive into the life and times of Ida B Wells and her crusade to stop lynchings. After a police-involved shooting in Chicago over the weekend, Emily and Anna celebrate a woman who spent her life working to stop unjust murder of black people at the close of the civil war. Ida B Wells was one fearless badass! Take a look at these resources that Emily used to collect her research: www.Biography.com This Month in Women’s History Ida B Wells Chicago Tribune New York Times Ida’s Anti-Lynching Activism Then head over to the Black Lives Matter site and read all about their approach, philosophy, and find any events you may want to support or attend!
69 minutes | Aug 5, 2018
Episode 15: It’s a Pain To Be a Woman!
Anna brings some true life facts and explores the relationship between women and the healthcare industry, and why women are frequently brushed off by their doctors when dealing with real pain! Women often go longer without definitive diagnosis, and are more frequently brushed off when they share chronic symptoms with their doctors. Why? With all of the advances of modern medicine, how did it come to be that women have to fight to be taken seriously by their doctors. Women are also disproportionally subjected to moral grandstanding when they seek medical attention. This episode gives our fair heroines a chance to blow off some steam about it. After the episode, check out For Grace’s Women In Pain Project and support women’s health!! This fantastic organization brings awareness to the disparity in women’s treatment and diagnosis
57 minutes | Jul 22, 2018
Episode 14: I Spy!
Emily tells the incredibly thrilling stories a few women of the CIA. If only there were time to tell them all! The ladies learn all about the CIA’s relationship with women. We explore the stories of just a tiny few of the women who kicked serious butt in the CIA. Listen to their stories of adventure and get some serious inspo for your resisting and persisting heart! Whet your whistle on these great stories …. then boot up your google machine and let’s all celebrate these amazing women! After the episode check out WIN by clicking over and reading about them. Get involved and make sure that the government hears you rawr! Visit these links for great article that we used for research: Washington Post
63 minutes | May 13, 2018
Episode 13: Gig-sperience!
Our fair heroines discover that even when we’re working on a temporary basis for a wide variety of clientele, women have trouble matching their male counterparts for equal pay and status. Listen to learn more about why it’s important that women advocate for themselves, understand the worth they bring to their gigs, and ask for what they deserve. Maybe you’ll even revamp your own thinking on a few things to help support our lady giggers out there who need the support of the all human & lady-kind! After the ‘sode check out and support Jobs for Justice over at www.jwj.org AND For those of you here in Chicago, check out the local chapter!
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