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34 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
She Won Her School Board Race by Opposing Critical Race Theory
Hannah Smith ran for school board in her Texas community on a platform opposing critical race theory. Smith won, earning nearly 70% of the vote last month. “[T]he community turnout at this election really sent a message to our district and gave us a mandate going in to say, 'We don't want critical race theory in our schools,'" Smith says on the "Problematic Women” podcast.As a lawyer defending religious liberty, a wife, and a mother of four school-age children, Smith says, she was enjoying life and had plenty to keep her busy. But she felt compelled to run for school board to try to stop the agenda of critical race theory, which she says would “radically change our school district.” Now a school board member in Southlake, Texas, just outside Dallas, Smith says she is committed to keeping far-left ideology out of classrooms. Smith joins the show to discuss how critical race theory is making its way into more schools across the country and what her priorities are as a new school board member.Also on today's show, we talk about Pride Month with Kelsey Bolar, a senior news producer at The Daily Signal and a senior policy analyst at Independent Women's Forum. And as always, we'll crown our Problematic Woman of the Week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
What Being a New Congresswoman Is Really Like: Rep. Kat Cammack Explains
From fighting against the far-left agenda, to policy review sessions early in the morning and late at night, to baseball practice with colleagues, Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., says her first six months as a House member have been anything but boring. There is a "side of being a member of Congress that a lot of people don't get to see," Cammack says. "They don't get to see you sitting at your desk with curlers in your hair. Having your second cup of coffee at 5 o'clock in the morning, trying to dig into the legislation."Cammack came to the House with a clear agenda to further policies that benefit residents of her state, and despite opposition from the left, her commitment to implement practical policy solutions remains steadfast.The Florida congresswomen, at 33 the youngest Republican woman in Congress, joins "Problematic Women” to discuss the behind-the-scenes reality of being a U.S. lawmaker, her recent trip to the southern border, and her progress on some key policy priorities. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | May 27, 2021
Fight to Hold Andrew Cuomo Accountable 'Feels Like Upward Climb,' Janice Dean Says
Janice Dean began speaking out against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when she saw that media outlets weren't holding the Democratic governor accountable for what was happening in New York during the COVID-10 pandemic.Dean, senior meteorologist at Fox News Channel, lost both her mother-in-law and father-in-law to the disease in New York nursing homes. While thousands of elderly men and women were dying of COVID-19, Cuomo was "celebrating himself," she says.The New York governor was "on CNN with his brother [anchor Chris Cuomo] joking around, while thousands of people were dying," Dean says. "Body bags [were] literally piling up outside of nursing homes and storage facilities and storage trucks."Dean joins the "Problematic Women" podcast to discuss Cuomo and whether he ultimately will be held accountable for his handling of New York nursing homes during the pandemic. She also discusses her new book. "Make Your Own Sunshine: Inspiring Stories of People Who Find Light in Dark Times," and why she aims to find the good in every challenging situation of life.Also on today's show, we discuss a Florida high school that chose to digitally adjust students' yearbook photos to make them more appropriate. And as always, we’ll crown our Problematic Woman of the Week.Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | May 20, 2021
After Losing to Male Athletes, College Runner Fights for Fairness in Women's Sports
Mary Kate Marshall fell in love with track and cross-country in high school. Running “gives me so much confidence,” Marshall said. Now an athlete at Idaho State University, Marshall is fighting for Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act—and for every woman's and girl’s right to compete on a level playing field. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act prohibits biological men who "identify" as women from competing in women’s sports. Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed the legislation in March 2020, but the bill was quickly challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union. Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal nonprofit, represents Marshall and fellow Idaho State University track athlete Madison Kenyon in their efforts to reinstate the act and protect women’s sports. Marshall and Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christiana Holcomb join the "Problematic Women" podcast to explain the significance of the court battle for Idaho and for women’s sports across the nation. Also on today’s show, Melanie Israel, a policy analyst with the DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, explains what you need to know about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments in a case that could upend the abortion precedent set by Roe v. Wade. And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week."Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | May 13, 2021
Abortion Isn't Essential Health Care. This OB-GYN Explains Why
Pro-life advocates worry that an abortion-friendly political agenda has worked itself into the medical branch of obstetrics and gynecology. Now, POB-GYN medical professionals who are pro-life are taking a stand for women and babies as they seek to uphold the sanctity of all human life and push back on the narrative that abortion is health care."The fact that 85% of women's health care specialists don't perform abortion, to me tells you everything you need to know that abortion is not essential healthcare because if it was, you wouldn't have only 15% of OB-GYNs performing it," Dr. Christina Francis, chairwoman of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, says.Francis joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to discuss her group's mission and how the abortion agenda infiltrated the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Learn more about the work of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists by clicking here. And learn how they are standing against the abortion agenda by clicking here. Also on today’s show, Janae Stracke, grassroots director for Heritage Action for America, breaks down what's happening across America regarding election reform and new voting laws. And as always, we’ll crown our Problematic Woman of the Week.Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | May 6, 2021
How Lila Rose Challenged Abortion Industry and Became a Voice for Unborn
Lila Rose first began investigating abortion clinics as a college student in California more than a decade ago. She says she quickly discovered that Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, "covers up child sexual abuse."As founder and president of the pro-life organization Live Action, Rose, now 32, has conducted countless undercover investigations into Planned Parenthood clinics. She joins the "Problematic Women" podcast today to discuss her new book "Fighting For Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World" and how she became passionate about the pro-life movement.Also on today's show, we discuss a recent court case over Idaho's Fairness in Women's Sports Act. And as always, we’ll crown our Problematic Woman of the Week. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Nikki Haley Shares Perspective on Greatest Challenges Facing America Today
America is facing a number of great challenges at home and abroad. Our colleague Rachel del Guidice recently had the opportunity to talk with former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley about some of the most pressing issues facing the nation today. They cover everything from the upcoming Beijing Olympics to why IDs are so important to secure elections. We are so excited to share their conversation on “Problematic Women” today. Also on today’s show, Rachel joins us to discuss her recent trip to the U.S. Mexico border. She tells us what she saw at the border and shares stories from the people she spoke with. And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week!”Click here to watch The Daily Signal documentary about track athlete Selina Soule. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Sarah Parshall Perry Explains Hidden Agenda in Left’s New Hate Crime Bill
The Senate is expected to vote soon on a bill touted as targeting hate crimes against Asian Americans. The legislation, authored by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., has not received widespread conservative support. Why would Republicans not support a bill to address hate crimes? Because the bill's agenda extends far beyond its name, says Sarah Parshall Perry, a legal fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. (The Daily Signal is Heritage's multimedia news organization.)Perry joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to discuss the progressive aims in the bill and the similarities between the so-called COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and Democrats' hotly contested Equality Act. Perry also discusses an important federal court victory for free speech on college campuses. Also on today’s show, Kelsey Bolar, senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum and senior news producer at The Daily Signal, explains why she is concerned about United Airlines’ announcement that 50% of new pilots it trains either will be women or people of color. And as always, we’ll crown our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”Follow the links below to learn more about Georgia’s new election law.4 Myths About the Election Integrity Law in GeorgiaWhat to Expect at Senate Panel’s Hearing on Election Integrity Law Cast as ‘Jim Crow’And follow the link below to read Kelsey’s piece about United Airlines.United Airlines Promises To Train Pilots Based On Their Sex And Skin Color See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
The Dark Truth About Chemical Abortions, Explained
A chemical abortion is a two-pill regimen that ends the life of the baby and poses health risks to the mother. The deaths of 24 women have been "associated with the abortion pill,” Melanie Israel, a research associate in The Heritage Foundation's DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, says. Israel joins the show to discuss her recent research paper, “Chemical Abortion: A Review,” which provides extensive information on the history and risks of chemical abortions. Also on today’s show, we talk about a new petition to force a House vote on a bill to require medical care for babies who survive an abortion procedure. Plus, we break down what you need to know about the controversy over singer Taylor Swift’s new album “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).” And as always, we’ll crown our Problematic Woman of the Week.Listen to the podcast below or read the lightly edited transcript.Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
‘Goal Is to Protect Children,’ Lead Sponsor of Arkansas’ Transgender Bill Says
Arkansas has just become the first state in the country to pass legislation protecting minors from being prescribed puberty blockers or gender-hormone treatments, or from receiving gender-change surgery.Arkansas state Rep. Robin Lundstrum, the lead sponsor for the bill, joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain why the passage of the legislation is a victory for children and families. Lundstrum also explains why she thinks the bill has faced so much opposition from the political left. Also on today’s show, we talk with Heritage Foundation senior adviser and spokesperson Genevieve Wood about Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta after the passage of the new election integrity law in Georgia. Wood also discusses a now-deleted Easter tweet from Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., and why the grocery store chain Publix is speaking out against “60 Minutes.” And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Greatest Misperception About Guns Is They Are Unsafe, Firearms Shop Owner Geneva Solomon Says
Geneva Solomon is the co-owner of Redstone Firearms in California. Solomon and her husband not only sell firearms at their shop, they also educate and train individuals in gun safety. Solomon joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain how she became passionate about gun ownership and safety. She also discusses her recent Congressional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and why universal background checks will not lead to less gun violence. Also on today’s show, Heritage Foundation education fellow Lindsey Burke joins us to explain a big win for West Virginia families seeking to make their own choices about their child’s education. And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week!” Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
America’s National Defense Is Also Women’s Issue, Sen. Joni Ernst Says
The Biden administration's reported decision to hold America’s defense budget flat for the next fiscal year is concerning, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, says. Ernst served in the U.S. military for more than 23 years before becoming a senator. Today, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Ernst is committed to promoting policies that strengthen the nation’s military. The Iowa Republican, who in November won re-election to a second term, joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to discuss America’s military readiness and what’s happening at America’s southern border. Also on today’s show, Kelsey Bolar, a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum, joins the show to discuss a brand new Daily Signal documentary she is producing.And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
One Female Powerlifter’s Fight to Defend Women’s Sports
Beth Stelzer walked into her first powerlifting competition expecting to encounter a room full of individuals who were there to support strong women. Instead, a biological male who "identified" as a woman distracted from the competition by protesting throughout the event because he was not permitted to compete with the women.As a result of the experience, Stelzer took action to protect women’s sports from transgender athletes. Stelzer is the founder of Save Women’s Sports, an organization dedicated to protecting the right of every woman and girl to compete on a level playing field. Stelzer joins “Problematic Women” to discuss President Joe Biden’s recent executive order that opens the door for biological men to compete in women’s sports.Plus, Inez Stepman, a senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum, joins us to talk about the Grammy Awards and why the blatant sexualization of women does not empower women and girls.And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
43 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Is Fighting Back Against Far Left’s Job-Killing Agenda
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., was the first woman ever elected chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. And now, as the ranking Republican on the panel, McMorris Rodgers is pushing back on the far left’s harmful climate policies and fighting to protect American jobs. McMorris Rodgers joins the show to talk about that and to discuss her concerns with new guidelines on reopening schools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And she breaks down what you need to know about the fight to defend the Hyde Amendment. Also on today’s show, we talk with former Cosmopolitan writer Sue Ellen Browder, author of the book "Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women's Movement" about her journey into and out of progressive feminism. And as always, we will crown our “Problematic Woman of the Week.” Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Sen. Marsha Blackburn Fears What Women Stand to Lose If Equality Act Becomes Law
The implications of congressional Democrats' proposed Equality Act are “tremendously disappointing,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., says. The House of Representatives already has passed the legislation, which faces what many Congress-watchers believe will be a closely fought battle in the Senate.The Equality Act would make “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” protected classes under federal civil rights law. This means, for example, that the law would require institutions and individuals to treat transgender women not as biological men who identify as women, but as biological females, giving them access to women’s sports and women’s-only spaces.Blackburn joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to discuss the implications of the legislation becoming the law of the land. She also talks about other issues and shares a bit of her own journey to conservatism. Also on today’s show, Kelsey Bolar, a senior policy analyst at Independent Women's Forum and a contributor to The Daily Signal, talks with track athlete Alanna Smith and Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer Christiana Holcomb about their Connecticut court battle to protect women’s sports from the participation of biological males.And as always, we will crown our “Problematic Woman of the Week.” If you want to watch the documentary on Sue Ellen Browder, check it out here. And check out the documentary on Selina Soule here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Adults Must Stop Putting Their Desires Over Children’s Rights, Author Says
The narrative that a child only needs love and safety to thrive is being challenged by Katy Faust, founder of Them Before Us, a nonprofit organization that promotes social policies to protect the rights of children.In her new book, “Them Before Us: Why We Need a Global Children's Rights Movement,” Faust argues that a child needs a stable home with love from both a mother and a father. Faust joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to share her story and why it's critical that the needs of the child play a key role in debates about same-sex parenting, divorce, sperm- or egg-donor children, and so on. Also on today’s show, we discuss Disney’s Lucasfilm decision to cancel actress Gina Carano, and Carano’s recent appearance on "The Ben Shapiro Show” to tell her side of the story.Plus, we share Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James' recent conversation with the Network of Enlightened Women. James discusses how we can balance life’s many demands and what it means to be a strong, conservative woman.And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
43 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
What You Need to Know About Coming Abortion Debates
President Joe Biden already has taken action to undo some of the pro-life policies set in place by his predecessor, Donald Trump. It appears likely that Biden and the Democrat-controlled Congress will continue to press a progressive abortion agenda that endangers the unborn, mothers, and American freedoms. Melanie Israel, a Heritage Foundation research associate in the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, joins “Problematic Women” to explain the key pieces of abortion legislation we likely will see debated in the coming months and years. If you, or someone you love, is struggling to overcome the pain of an abortion, check out this resource from Focus on the Family. Plus, Heritage Foundation education expert Lindsey Burke joins the show to discuss the impact that school closures are having on students across America. And as always, we’ll crown our "Problematic Woman of the Week."Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
64 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Marriage and Motherhood Came in Her 40s. Why She Says Timing Was Perfect.
Life doesn't always turn out the way we plan, and sometimes that’s a beautiful thing.Emily Stimpson Chapman, an author, freelance writer, wife, and mom to two—soon to be three—adopted children, has personally experienced the joy of living a life that is different from the one she imagined as a young woman. Chapman joins “Problematic Women” to talk about getting married and becoming a mom in her 40s, and how her faith has affected the choices she has made in life. Buy Chapman's books here. And Read her blog here.Also on today’s show, we break down why the Biden administration’s plan to rejoin the U.N. Human Rights Council is not in America’s best interest.And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
‘Talk Is Cheap,’ New Congresswoman Says About Left's Calls for Unity
Freshman Rep. Beth Van Duyne, R-Texas, says she is committed to focusing on the “meat and potato issues that affect people's daily lives.” Van Duyne was the first female mayor of Irving, Texas, from 2011-2017. Now, she says, she'll draw on her experience in local government to listen to the needs and concerns of Americans and take action.Van Duyne joins the "Problematic Women" podcast to share her personal journey to political office, why she is so committed to the pro-life movement, and how she intends to push back on the far-left agenda of progressive colleagues.Plus, Lyndsey Fifield , Heritage Foundation social media manager, joins the show to talk about pregnancy and preparing for motherhood. And as always, we’ll be crowning our "problematic woman of the week!"Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
45 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
‘This Is an Emergency,’ Feminist Says About Future of Women's Sports
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed a divisive executive order that could ultimately lead to the end of women’s sports as we know them. The “Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation” says, “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports.”The order gives biological males who identify as women a pathway to compete in female sports and enter women’s-only spaces, such as bathrooms. Natasha Chart, the executive director of Women’s Liberation Front, joins “Problematic Women” to explain the implications of Biden’s executive action and why we now face an emergency in the battle to protect women’s athletic opportunities from men. Also on today’s show, we tell you everything you need to know about the 48th annual March for Life. Plus, we share a sneak peak of a new Heritage Foundation video that highlights all the strong conservative women serving in positions of power across America right now. And as always, we’ll be crowning our Problematic Woman of the Week!Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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