A Daily Signal podcast that challenges the left's narrative that all women must be liberal, pink-hat wearing, Planned Parenthood supporters. Hosted by Kelsey Bolar and Lauren Evans, Problematic Women celebrates and empowers right-minded women through thoughtful, long-form interviews and sharp-witted…
A "who's who" of entertainment and society gathered in New York City on Monday night for the annual Met Gala.From entertainers and artists such as Rihanna and Justin Bieber to Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, the red carpet oozed with notable celebrities. Among the elite crowd was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. The New York congresswoman wore a white dress bearing bold red text on the back reading, “TAX THE RICH.” The designer dress triggered instant response across the political spectrum, with some praising the statement and others calling it hypocritical. On today's episode of "Problematic Women,” we break down why Ocasio-Cortez's fashion choice is concerning, and why taxing the rich won't actually help the poor. We also discuss some of the other notable outfits worn at the Met Gala, a fundraiser benefiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City, tickets for which cost $35,000.Also on today's show, we explain the significance of California's gubernatorial recall election. Plus, we break down what you need to know about Secretary of State Antony Blinken's testimony before Congress about the Afghanistan withdrawal. 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.
Yasmine Mohammed was born and raised in Canada, but she lived a life that few Western women could fathom.The daughter of an Egyptian and a Palestinian, she is of Arab descent and was raised Muslim. Forced to wear a hijab and adhere to a strict interpretation of the Islamic faith, Mohammed later escaped a forced, abusive marriage to an al-Qaeda operative.The atrocities that Muslim women suffer in Afghanistan are "not just an Afghanistan phenomenon," Mohammed says. "It's not just a Taliban phenomenon. You can see the exact same things happening clearly in 50 Muslim-majority countries ... [and] in the West as well."On today's edition of "Problematic Women," Mohammed shares her take on the Biden administration's disastrous withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and what it means for Afghan women. More broadly, she addresses the feminist movement's turning a blind eye to women who are fighting real oppression.Mohammed is author of the book “Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam” and the founder and president of the nonprofit Free Hearts Free Minds, which tries to help those living in a country that will persecute them for what they believe or who they love.Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Suzanne Bucci arrived at the Pentagon early on Sept. 11, 2001 for a job interview. She hoped to work as a nurse there while her husband, Steven Bucci, was serving as military assistant to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Bucci had not completed the interview process before American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the west side of the Pentagon. She spent the rest of the day using her experience and skills to help those wounded in the terrorist attack. Bucci, whose husband is now a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation, joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to recall the events at the Pentagon on 9/11 as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. Also on today's show, we explain how Texas' new pro-life law protects children in the womb, and the left's strong opposition to it. We also celebrate the start of a new school year and crown our Problematic Women of the Week.Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
America's longest war is over. But the chaotic end to the war in Afghanistan has many Americans questioning the leadership of the Biden administration. It's estimated that there are still between 100 and 200 Americans and thousands of our Afghan partners trapped in the Taliban-controlled south-central Asian nation. While the Taliban claim they will respect the rights of women and girls, experts say the terrorist group hasn't given Afghans any reason to believe them. “It seems that the women will be those who will be losing the most, whether it is because of conflict or the authoritarian regime that is oppressive toward women,” says Roya Rahmani, the female former Afghan ambassador to the United States. On Tuesday, Rahmani and Heela Najibullah, author of “Reconciliation and Social Healing in Afghanistan,” joined The Heritage Foundation for an event, “Grim Prospects for Women and Girls in Afghanistan.” We share their remarks on the podcast today. Also on the show, we mark the start of the college and NFL football season by talking about the big games to watch this week. And Kanye West finally releases "Donda,” his new album. We break down some of the controversy over the album's release, and how the record highlights West's artistic talent. And as always, we will crown our “Problematic Women of the Week.” Plus, “Problematic Women” announces a new show format. In addition to the Thursday show, which will now be solely discussion-based, “Problematic Women” will release an exclusive interview every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After four years of marching in the streets and claiming ”oppression” under President Donald Trump, many of the country's so-called feminists are conspicuously silent about the plight of women and girls in Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban takeover.Worse, some of those who aren't silent are instead using their platforms to attack conservatives who are working to bring attention to the rights of Afghan girls and women. “If the GOP wants to show that it is sincerely concerned with the rights of the women in Afghanistan, it can start by first championing the human rights of women in the U.S.,” one MSNBC contributor wrote. On this week's episode of the ”Problematic Women” podcast, we discuss why these petty, partisan attacks are a dishonest representation of democracy itself and an affront to the realities that Afghan girls and women now face.We also catch up with Concerned Women for America's Afghanistan Prayer Rally and highlight two brave Afghan women who leave us with hope in a dark situation. Enjoy the show, and see here for ways to help.https://www.iwf.org/2021/08/24/feeling-helpless-here-are-vetted-ways-to-help-afghan-women-children-and-refugees/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
All of America is asking, what went wrong in Afghanistan? To help answer that question, Gloria Taylor, the communications manager for national security and foreign policy at The Heritage Foundation, joins the show to discusses what you should know about the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan and what the future may hold for Afghan women and girls. Taylor also share her personal story of battling breast cancer. Also on today's show, salon owner Erica Kious explains her decision to leak footage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi getting her hair done at her salon without a mask in the middle of the pandemic. Kious joins the podcast to share what happened to her and her business after she exposed Pelosi, and how she has joined with Heritage Action for America to “Save Our Paychecks.”And as always, we will crown our Problematic Women of the Week.Watch Baby Olivia's full journey: https://twitter.com/LiveAction/status/1424753576673435656?s=20. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today's episode of "Problematic Women:" New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation on Tuesday. The announcement comes shortly after New York Attorney General Letitia James released the findings of an independent investigation that reports Cuomo to have sexually harassed 11 women. The woke kid's book market is expanding. We share a few of the book titles and detail the messages the stories are promoting to children. Jennifer Lahl, president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, joins the show to talk about her new film "Trans Mission: What's the Rush to Reassign Gender?" And as always, we crown our "Problematic Woman of the Week." Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James released findings from an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The report concludes that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, including former colleagues, assistants, and even a state trooper. Now, Democrats and Republicans are calling for Cuomo to step down. We break down what you need to know about the investigation and why Cuomo should step down from his position as governor. We also discuss Democrat's opposition to the Hyde Amendment, a piece of legislation that prevents taxpayer funding of abortions. And former abortion clinic worker Kathy Spark Lesnoff joins the show to share her incredible pro-life journey and why she is standing against an Illinois law that would require pregnancy centers to refer for abortions. Be sure to follow Problematic Women on Instagram @ProblematicWomen. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Student activism “has to be loud,” Kristin Dobson, national field director for the Leadership Institute, says.Dobson trains young people across America how to have a voice on their college campus. Through practical tools, she and her team show young people how to promote freedom and conservative principles effectively at their universities.Dobson joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to tell how the Leadership Institute is creating positive change on college campuses. And as a long-time Taylor Swift fan, Dobson breaks down why she thinks the pop star is such a success. Also on today's show, we talk with Sophia Fisher, founder of Stop the Demand Project, which fights human trafficking. Fisher founded the nonprofit this year after becoming concerned with the ways technology is used to promote this particular crime.Fisher's organization looks specifically at factors such as pornography, drugs, and alcohol that further human trafficking. It seeks to address those issues, she says, because “ultimately, if we can reduce the demand, there will be less supply."Fisher explains how the Stop the Demand Project plans to use technology to protect Generation Z from human traffickers. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Right now, America has a record number of jobs available. "Help Wanted" signs are everywhere. Yet, the labor-participation rate remains low, and women in particular are slow to return to the workforce. Since February 2020, more than 1.6 million women have gone “missing” from the economy, and some are questioning the need to ever go back. Vice President Kamala Harris has called the situation a “national emergency.” And, according to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and many economists, it's a “problem” that needs to be fixed.But with so many jobs available to take, is the decrease in the female labor-participation rate really problematic—or, is it the reflection of a choice? We discuss it on this week's three-year anniversary of “Problematic Women,” and also hear the profound personal testimony of Laura Perry, a woman who struggled with her gender identity, underwent gender-transition surgery, and after all that, realized that she still didn't feel whole. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
When the Supreme Court announced July 2 that it had declined to take up florist Barronelle Stutzman's case, it left her on the losing side of an eight-year court battle. In 2013, one of Stutzman's longtime customers asked her to design floral arrangements for his same-sex wedding. She told him that because of her religious beliefs, she could not design an arrangement for the wedding, but she referred him to several other florists. A few weeks later, she learned she was being sued. The Washington state "attorney general, without any complaint from Rob [Ingersoll] and Curt [Freed] sued me personally and corporately, and the ACLU got ahold of Rob and Curt and also sued me personally and corporately," Stutzman told The Daily Signal.Now, the Washington state Supreme Court ruling against the Christian florist stands because the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up Stutzman's appeal. The Supreme Court's move could cost Stutzman everything. "It has cost us so much mentally, physically, spiritually," Stutzman said. "And then the cost, everything we've worked for all these years, the flower shop that I own, our home, our retirement, our life savings, everything is in jeopardy because of the ACLU, [and] attorney fees are going to be so large."Stutzman and Kristen Waggoner, general counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, join the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain the details of the court battle and the implications of the high court's refusal to hear her appeal. Also on today's show, we talk with Lindsey Burke, director of The Heritage Foundation's Center for Education Policy, about the National Education Association's commitment to promote critical race theory in schools across America. 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.
Mother and daughter Cynthia and Margaret Monteleone share a deep love of running and competition. But after they both ran against biological men in track events, they knew they needed to do something to defend their right to a level playing field. "I think everyone should compete," Cynthia Monteleone said. "I think all athletes should compete. There is no banning anyone. But that being said, there needs to be a distinction to keep the sport fair and to keep biological women advancing in the opportunities available to them."Cynthia Monteleone is a World Masters Athletics track athlete and also coaches girls track at the middle school, high school, and elite level in Maui, Hawaii. In 2018, she faced off against a biological male during a track competition in Malaga, Spain. About a year and a half later, her daughter competed against another transgender athlete during her high school track meet. "I was a little bit disheartened," Margaret Monteleone said of placing second to a biological male in her high school track meet. "I'd worked so hard through the whole year, just training for this first-ever meet [of] my season. ... I could have gotten first in the heat, and it was really disappointing to me to see my hard work pay off just for second place."Now, the mother and daughter are speaking out in defense of female athletes and their right to fair competition. They join the “Problematic Women” podcast to share their experience running against biological men and how they are advocating for the future of women's sports. Also on today's show, we discuss why athlete Gwen Berry turned her back on the U.S. flag during the national anthem at the Olympic trials.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.
The Supreme Court has issued a number of significant rulings this term that affect everything from collegiate athletics to adoption agencies.Among the most notable decisions, the high court ruled 9-0 in favor of religious liberty in the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The case gives a Catholic social service agency in Philadelphia the right to continue a government-funded foster care program while not being forced to compromise its beliefs about marriage.The city of Philadelphia "terminated Catholic Social Services' contract as a foster care placement agency," because the group would not place children with same-sex couples, Heritage Foundation legal fellow Amy Swearer said. The city did that even though "there had also never been a same-sex couple that had ever approached Catholic Social Services about becoming foster parents," she noted.Swearer joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain how the Supreme Court's ruling in the Philadelphia case could affect other faith-based adoption agencies. Swearer also breaks down the significance of the court's recent ruling against the National Collegiate Athletic Association.Also on today's show, Marie Fishpaw, the director of domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, joins the show to discuss The Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare and what that decision means for Americans' health care. And as always, we will be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.” Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Elizabeth Woning began questioning her sexuality when she was 16. By the time she was in her 30s, she says, she was "stereotypically butch.” But after an experience at a local church, Woning said she began to question what lesbianism meant to her. “I recognized that it gave meaning and purpose to my life,” Woning said. "… And so, before the Lord, I began analyzing what that meant and why it was so challenging for me, such a letdown, to be just a woman.”Woning spent about 18 months trying to understand “the character of God and where I fit in that,” she said. “And the Lord was able to displace my sense of belonging as a lesbian with my sense of belonging as a daughter of God.” Today, Woning co-leads the Changed Movement, a Christian organization that works with people who are seeking to leave the homosexual lifestyle or who are struggling with same-sex attraction.Woning joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to share her story and to talk about the LGBTQ agenda. Also on today's show, we discuss tennis star Naomi Osaka's decision to drop out of the 2021 French Open. And as always, we'll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”Be sure to check out the documentary telling Cynthia and Margaret Oneal Monteleone story here. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States Wednesday. Eager to implement his agenda, Biden signed a number of executive orders after he was sworn into office, beginning the process of undoing former President Donald Trump’s legacy. Jessica Anderson, director of Heritage Action for America, joins the show to share her reactions to Biden’s inaugural address, and her insight on what policies we can expect from a Biden administration. Plus, we welcome our colleague Helena Richardson, director of The Heritage Foundation intern program, to the show to discuss an exciting new way for high school and college students to get involved in public policy. And as always, we’ll be crowning our “problematic woman of the week!”Read Jessica Anderson’s article here.And find out how you can register for the March for Life here. Learn more about The Academy here. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
To say that this is a difficult time in our nation’s history might be something of an understatement.For many people, the 2020 election didn’t go as they hoped it would. And now, there is also a tremendous amount of anger and grief over the riot that took place at the Capitol last week. Even though there are calls for unity, we are seeing little done to actually move toward unity as a country.How do we press forward and maintain a strong personal faith through the challenges that lay before us? Charmaine Yoest, the vice president of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation, joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to discuss how we can choose to live out our faith and seek unity in America right now. We also welcome our colleague Michelle Cordero, digital content manager for The Heritage Foundation and host of the “Heritage Explains” podcast, to the show to break down the new season of “The Bachelor.”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.
Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff appear to have defeated incumbent Republicans Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue, giving the Democrats a majority in the U.S. Senate.Georgia’s two runoff elections were required under state law after no candidate received a majority of the votes on Nov. 3.Janae Stracke, the grassroots director of Heritage Action for America, the lobbying arm of The Heritage Foundation, has been on the ground in Georgia for weeks to mobilize voters. Stracke joins "The Problematic Women Podcast" to explain what it takes to run a grassroots campaign effort, and what she heard from voters on the ground in Georgia, who are concerned over the direction in which their state appears to be headed. Plus, we break down a surprisingly pro-life Amazon Prime show, and what you may want to add to your watch list in 2021. And as always, we’ll be crowning our "Problematic Woman of the Week." See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This year has been strange for all of us, but especially for Shelby Talcott, The Daily Caller’s media reporter and field correspondent. Talcott spent much of 2020 traveling across America to report on the race riots and protests. Today, Talcott joins "Problematic Women" to share what it was like to be in the center of the conflict as businesses were burned and looted, and even her own experience of being arrested at one of the demonstrations. Plus, we discuss the Lifetime Christmas movie “Feliz NaviDAD” with Mario Lopez and why we all love to watch Hallmark and Lifetime movies, despite them being cheesy and predictable. We also crown our “Problematic Women of the Week” and take a moment to recognize that the holidays are a challenging time for many as we remember lost friends and loved ones. And be sure to check out the "Problematic Women" favorite interview of 2020 here. Enjoy the show. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The United Kingdom has long been on the progressive end of the transgender issue, so when they pump the brakes, America should pay attention, says Nicole Russell, a contributor to The Daily Signal.A high court in the United Kingdom recently ruled that children 16 years old and younger cannot be treated with puberty blocking hormone drugs, unless a court specifically rules otherwise.Russell reports extensively on the transgender issue and joins the show to discuss her recent piece breaking down the U.K. court decision. She also explains the media's response to actor Ellen Page, who now wishes to be called Elliot, coming out as transgender, and how the internet plays a big role in encouraging young people to transition.Plus, Dr. Kevin Pham, a Visiting Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation, joins us to explain how we can safely date during COVID. 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.
Joanne Herring, a longtime political activist and philanthropist, deserves a great deal of credit for helping break the back of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Herring, who became politically engaged in the Middle East in the 1970s, saw that the Soviet Union was seeking to take over Afghanistan to ultimately gain control of the Strait of Hormuz, the passage today for one-fifth of the world's crude oil exports.Today, Herring joins the show to share how she and the late Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-Texas, worked together to get the Afghan people the resources they needed to defeat the USSR and move America one giant step closer to winning the Cold War. Herring also discusses her philanthropic work in Afghanistan, which she calls Marshall Plan Charities, and how one Afghan village was revitalized by empowering the people with the tools they needed to survive. Plus, we break down what you need to know about former Vice President Joe Biden’s female press team and what the media missed about President Donald Trump’s powerful female leadership team.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.
From the number of Pilgrims and Native Americans present at the first Thanksgiving to conflict in Congress over declaring it a national day of thanks, there are many historical facts about the holiday that are not widely known. "Problematic Women” is celebrating the history of Thanksgiving with Melanie Kirkpatrick, author of the book “Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience.” Kirkpatrick shares some of the little known historical facts of Thanksgiving and how the holiday has evolved into what we know it to be today. Plus, we crown a group of 18 brave women as our “Problematic Women of the Week.” Enjoy the show, and have a happy Thanksgiving! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Rep.-elect Kat Cammack, R-Fla., faults an Obama era policy for leaving her and her mother homeless in 2011. After spending months living in a motel, an opportunity arose for Cammack to work on the successful campaign of Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla.Cammack's passion for politics only grew as she continued to work for Yoho after his election to Congress. Today, she joins the show to explain how her love of America and passion for good policies ultimately led to her own run for Congress. In January, Cammack, 32, will be sworn in as one of at least 17 new conservative female members of the House of Representatives.In this episode,, we also break down actress Melissa McCarthy's apology for supporting an organization fighting human trafficking that also happens to be pro-life. 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.
The 2020 election was a major win for conservative women in the House of Representatives. Come January, more women will have seats in Congress than ever before in the history of the nation. Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action for America, the grassroots partner organization of The Heritage Foundation, joins “Problematic Women” to discuss the 13 newly elected Republican female representatives and how their leadership will affect America. Anderson also breaks down what might happen next in the presidential election as claims of voter fraud and litigation both continue. We also chat with the editor-in-chief of The Daily Signal, Kate Trinko, about what she saw on her trip to Philadelphia last weekend as voters reacted to the election news.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.
The agenda of the far left is frightening, and concerned conservative moms are speaking out. Today, Allison Weisenberger, a mother and California resident, joins “Problematic Women” to discuss government overreach in her state, including bans on Halloween trick-or-treating amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Plus, the founder of “No Left Turn in Education,” Elana Yaron Fishbein, explains why she is fighting against progressive ideologies in our schools. And, as always, we’ll be crowning our Problematic Woman of the Week.To learn more about “No Left Turn in Education,” check out Fishbein’s recent Daily Signal op-ed. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The playing field has been leveled for female athletes at a small university in New Hampshire. Concerned Women for America filed a civil rights complaint against Franklin Pierce University because of its transgender sports participation and inclusion policy.The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights agreed with Concerned Women for America that the policy is in violation of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Doreen Denny, vice president of government relations for Concerned Women for America, joins “Problematic Women” to discuss why this victory is significant in the battle for the future of women’s sports.Learn more about how you can stand with female athletes here. Also on today’s show, Heritage Foundation education policy analyst Mary Clare Amselem debunks a recent Teen Vogue article arguing that private schools should be abolished.And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”To participate in this week's Twitter poll, visit @Virginia_Allen5 on Twitter. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett exhibited her profound understanding of the law as she testified this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ellen Troxclair, author of the book “Step Up!: How to Advocate Like a Woman,” joins this episode of “Problematic Women” to discuss the Supreme Court confirmation hearings and why Barrett is qualified to sit on the high court. Troxclair also discusses the organization Women’s March and its opposition to Barrett, and why more conservative women should engage in public policy. Plus, we hear from four women who either clerked for Barrett or had her as a law professor at Notre Dame. They share personal stories about working with her and why she will make an excellent Supreme Court justice. And as always, we’ll be crowning our Problematic Woman of the Week.Listen to the podcast "Perspectives: The Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett" here. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett prepares for Senate hearings next week, many are wondering whether she’ll again face harsh questions about her Catholic faith. Mary Vought, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund and wife of Russ Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget, joins us to explain why this line of questioning is unconstitutional. Her husband, she recalls, faced similar scrutiny in his own Senate confirmation hearing. Vought also talks about her daughter’s diagnosis with cystic fibrosis and how steps taken by the Trump administration improved her health care options. And original co-host Kelsey Bolar, now senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum, visits to share the story of Monica Wyman, a Hispanic mother of three who may have to close her business because of California’s new employment law. Liberal lawmakers want to take this policy nationwide.IWF video on AB5: https://youtu.be/zritOQtO070 Plus, as always, we’ll crown our Problematic Woman of the Week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Kelsey Bolar, a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women's Forum, joins “Problematic Women” to discuss the attacks on federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, why progressives are threatened by her nomination to the Supreme Court, and what we can expect during the Senate confirmation hearings.Plus, Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., a powerful voice for conservative women, joins the show to explain how she is working to defend women’s sports from the agenda of radical LGBTQ groups.Lesko also share her own journey into the pro-life movement and why she fights to protect the lives of the unborn. 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.
Legal experts have described the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as “a lioness of the law.”Ginsburg died last Friday at 87 after serving on the Supreme Court for 27 years. President Donald Trump has said he will nominate her replacement this Saturday from a short list of five female candidates. Elizabeth Slattery, senior legal fellow and deputy director of the Pacific Legal Foundation's Center for the Separation of Powers, joins “Problematic Women” to break down Ginsburg’s legacy and share what is known about the women being considering by the president for the open seat on the high court.Plus, many millennials aren't getting married, and researchers are trying to understand why. We discuss dating and marriage trends among young people with the help of our colleague, Philip Reynolds. 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.
School is back in session, but let’s face it, education is probably not going to be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic—and that’s a good thing.Mary Clare Amselem, an education policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, joins the show to discuss her brand new podcast, “COVID and the Classroom.” Amselem discusses the importance of school choice and the ways education should change long-term in light of the pandemic.Plus, Kate Trinko, editor-in-chief of The Daily Signal, joins us to discuss the controversy over the Netflix film "Cuties." 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.
Diamond and Silk gained national attention in 2016, when they began to speak out about the hypocrisy of the progressive left. Their new book—“Uprising: Who the Hell Said You Can't Ditch and Switch?”—explains why the African American sisters walked away from the left. Diamond and Silk (aka Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson) join the "Problematic Women" podcast to discuss racial tensions in America, the agenda of Black Lives Matter, civics education, and their book.We also break down the new Disney movie “Mulan” and controversy over Disney using the film's end credits to offer "special thanks" to Chinese institutions directly linked to carrying out human rights abuses in China. Some scenes in the film were shot in Xinjiang, China, where Uighurs, a Muslim minority, are being persecuted.Plus, we talk with journalist Alessandra Bocchi, the winner of the 2020 Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism, a program of The Fund for American Studies. 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.