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…
This episode was recorded in July 2022 but a Problematic Women classic!In this very special episode of Problematic Women, hosts Lauren Evans and Kelsey Bolar go off script and reflect on the last five years producing Problematic Women. They discuss the podcasts's origin story, share some of their favorite memories, and recall some notable Problematic Women of the Week. Also, Genevieve Wood joins us as a very special Problematic Women of the Week. Check out the Elle Magazine article here that started it all!Read Kelsey Bolar's response piece in The Federalist here.And watch our favorite documentary featuring Sue Ellen Browder here. Enjoy the show! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Tori Hope Petersen is a national speaker, wife, mother, Mrs. Universe 2021, and author of the new book, “Fostered: One Woman's Powerful Story of Finding Faith and Family through Foster Care.”Petersen joins the show today to share her story of growing up in the foster care system, and how she found faith and family along the way. Enjoy the show! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Up on today's Problematic Women – We tell you what you need to know about the crisis at the southern border and the 50 illegal migrants that were sent to Martha's Vineyard. Plus, animals are more protected than unborn babies in some states across America. We tell you which ones, and share about some exciting pro-life news out of Pennsylvania. And in honor of the first day of fall, we are sharing some of our favorite fall traditions. And of course, we'll be crowning our problematic woman of the week!Enjoy the show! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
On today's edition of Problematic Women, we explain why education freedom matters, and which states rank highest and lowest on The Heritage Foundation's new Education Freedom Report Card. Also on today's show, First Lady Jill Biden does not want any books to be banned from school libraries. Plus, Kelsey Bolar describes the painful reality many detransitioners face. And as always, we will be crowning our Problematic Woman of the Week. Visit the Report Card to see how your state ranks: https://www.heritage.org/educationreportcard/pages/all-state-scores.htmlWatch The Daily Signal documentary on the D.C. school choice program: https://www.dailysignal.com/2017/01/26/only-2-miles-but-a-planet-away/Learn more about Miss Virginia: https://www.missvirginiamovie.com/aboutEnjoy the show! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In a world of “safe spaces” and politically correct speech, clinical psychologist Chloe Carmichael says she believes that society needs more free speech, not less. Free speech can help individuals grow and learn as they explore and debate ideas with others, Carmichael says, adding that it even improves anxiety and depression. “I think that stopping people from having free speech is almost like a form of abuse,” she says. The psychologist recently wrote about free speech's implications for mental health on her blog, and joins the "Problematic Women" podcast to discuss why she believes that limiting speech can be so damaging on college campuses and across society. Enjoy the show! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Up on today's Problematic Women, everything in America seems to be going woke these days. A new report from The Heritage Foundation takes a deep dive into how woke ideology reached the home of our Founding Fathers. We also share the stunning story of a Chicago mom who lost custody of her daughter for insisting that her daughter is a girl. Also, in case you missed it, the Senate passed a major spending bill over the weekend, and we breakdown what's in the bill, why it matters, and its likely future in the House. 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.
America's health care system operates like a big business. Doctors and hospitals are overwhelmed with red tape, which takes time away from the patient-provider relationship.For the health care system to put patients first again, Dr. Marion Mass says it must "cut the glut, open the books, and make everybody play by the same rules."Mass, a pediatrician and co-founder of Practicing Physicians of America, joins the "Problematic Women" podcast to discuss how the health care system became the monster it is today, and what can be done about it. She also shares her personal story of learning to balance career and motherhood. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Up on today's Problematic Women – We talk about birth control and why the FDA is considering changing its rules and allowing over-the-counter birth control. Plus, Congress is trying to codify gay marriage into law. But why now? We break it down. And YouTube has pledged to remove video on unsafe abortion practices. 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.
When political leaders can't define what a woman is, society has a problem. The radical left has detached sex and gender from "material reality,” says Abigail Favale, author of the book “The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory."Removing fact and biological reality from sex has led to a “subtle denigration of … the female body in our culture,” Favale says. Favale joins this edition of the “Problematic Women” podcast to discuss the difference between gender and sex, and why it's so important to understand and celebrate the uniqueness of the female and male body. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this very special episode of Problematic Women, hosts Lauren Evans and Kelsey Bolar go off script and reflect on the last five years producing Problematic Women. They discuss the podcasts's origin story, share some of their favorite memories, and recall some notable Problematic Women of the Week. Also, Genevieve Wood joins us as a very special Problematic Women of the Week. Check out the Elle Magazine article here that started it all!Read Kelsey Bolar's response piece in The Federalist here. And watch our favorite documentary featuring Sue Ellen Browder here. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A woman serving in our military went on TikTok to vent her anger over Roe v. Wade being overturned. Some of the points she makes need to be addressed, and debunked. Plus, Elon Musk is calling off his big deal to buy Twitter - or is he? We break it down. And it's the middle of summer, so we take a little time to discuss some of the big blockbusters of the season. Anyone else seen "Top Gun: Maverick" more than once? 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.
Free speech has been under attack for a long time on college campuses. Now more than ever, students and parents need tools to navigate the woke culture within education. “I think we see college administrators giving themselves huge powers because … they have these speech codes, where they ban 'hateful' speech, 'offensive' speech, and sure, that sounds fine, but let's think who's defining those terms,” Nicole Neily says. “It's not a constitutional scholar. It's some petty tyrant with a huge amount of discretion to pick winners and losers.” Neily, the founder of Speech First and Parents Defending Education, two organizations fighting for civil liberties and education in America, joins the podcast to discuss her storied career and commitment to the fight for free speech on college campuses. Neily also discusses why she's sued some of the nation's largest universities, and the turning point we find ourselves in in America's education system. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Singer Macy Gray and actress Bette Midler made headlines recently for saying only women are women. The two celebrities made their bold statements—bold for this day and age, at least—over the July 4th holiday weekend. “WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name!" Midler, 76, wrote on Twitter. “They don't call us ‘women' anymore; they call us ‘birthing people' or ‘menstruators', and even ‘people with vaginas'! Don't let them erase you! Every human on earth owes you!”Gray, 54, appearing on Piers Morgan's show on the Fox Nation streaming service, discussed the issue of transgender "women"—biological men—competing on women's sports teams. “I will say this, and everybody is going to hate me, but as a woman, just because you go change your parts, doesn't make you a woman,” Gray said.Famed “Harry Potter” author J. K. Rowling has repeatedly been maligned for making similar comments to those of Midler and Gray. The increase in celebrities' willingness to say "only a woman can be a woman," raises the question: Is the transgender movement on the ropes? Common sense is like kryptonite to the transgender craze. If society's influencers are brave enough to continue sharing about biological reality, the theory that men can be women may collapse like the house of cards it is. The timing of Gray's and Midler's remarks might also have been influenced by the Supreme Court's June 24 decision to overturn the court's 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion ruling. When Roe was overturned, “the sea of protest signs outside the court referred not to ‘birthing people' or ‘people who menstruate,' but instead to women, losing their rights, or politicians trying to control women's bodies,” Douglas Blair wrote in a recent Daily Signal commentary. The political left may be waking up to the reality that they cannot be outraged over women losing abortion access in some states while at the same time declaring that a man can be a woman. On today's episode of the “Problematic Women” podcast we discuss the ways in which celebrities' willingness to state facts about sex and gender could influence national opinion on the transgender issue. Also on today's show, we explain why it's not dangerous for women to use period tracker apps. And there is a crisis at the Southern border. Now, some Texas counties have declared they are under what they are calling "an invasion.” We explain what you need to know. And as always, we'll be crowning our "problematic woman" of the week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Kristan Hawkins has been preparing for a post-Roe America for 16 years. For her, the Supreme Court decision Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade was surreal. Hawkins leads the pro-life organization Students for Life, which seeks to educate young Americans on the issue of abortion. Waking up Saturday, Hawkins estimated "over 400 children ... would be spared" already that morning because the high court had overruled its 1973 decision legalizing abortion across the nation.She joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to discuss the future of the pro-life movement and how students can be a voice for society's most vulnerable population. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Roe v. Wade is history. After nearly 50 years and 63 million lives lost, the Supreme Court has ruled that there's no constitutional right to abortion. But now, the true work of the pro-life movement is beginning. It's now up to the American people and their elected state leaders whether or not they will be a voice for those who have none. Already, 26 states have put laws in place to protect babies in the womb. More women facing unplanned pregnancies are going to need physical and emotional support. Pregnancy help centers will require increased resources to meet the needs of their communities. The good news is that the pro-life movement is ready. On today's edition of the “Problematic Women” podcast, we break down some of the ways the pro-life community can put their beliefs into action and help women and girls. Also on today's show, we take some time to celebrate the historic nature of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe. Plus, we debunk some of the lies being spread by the pro-abortion movement about what happens next, and as always, we crown our "Problematic Woman of the Week.” Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Roe v. Wade has been overturned. This weekend, Problematic Women is sharing an episode of The Daily Signal Podcast where Virginia Allen interviews Cathy Harris. When she was 17, Cathy Harris had an abortion.After her abortion, Harris says she felt "immediate regret, immediate just grief that fell upon me.""I wasn't really sure what to do with it, where to put it," she recalls. "A lot of people, friends of mine had continued to tell me that's not a baby, just get over it, move on and I couldn't."It took a long time to heal from her abortion, but eventually Harris began sharing her story, and became a leader in the pro-life movement. She shared her story by writing the book "Created to Live: Becoming the Answer for an Abortion-Free Community."Harris joins "The Daily Signal Podcast" to discuss the Supreme Court's ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and what the decision means for the pro-life movement. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It's been 50 years since the U.S. government acted to ensure equal educational opportunities for girls and women through Title IX. Since put in place as education amendments in 1972, Title IX has prohibited sex-based discrimination in education programs, including competitive sports. Title IX states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” But the Biden administration is working to undo these very protections by redefining “sex” to include gender identity. If the far left succeeds in changing the definition of sex, Title IX would lose its power to protect women because men who identify as women would have greater access to compete on female sports teams and use women's bathrooms and locker rooms. On today's edition of "Problematic Women," Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow Sarah Parshall Perry explains the fight to protect Title IX from this radical agenda. Also on today's show, we still await some big rulings from the Supreme Court, but this week it released one significant decision on school choice. We tell you what you need to know.Plus, Disney ruins another movie with its radical agenda. 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.
On this week's edition of the "Problematic Women" podcast, Gloria Taylor joins us to discuss her experience taking a drug that is sometimes used as a puberty blocker for minors: Lupron.Taylor, a senior communications manager at The Heritage Foundation, started getting injections of Lupron after being diagnosed with breast cancer. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.) She talks about the side effects--which range from depressed feelings to physical pain—and how stunned she was to learn that minors without cancer were being given this same drug.We also talk about a new Heritage Foundation study that looks at transgender treatment for minors and suicide rates with Marguerite Bowling, a senior communications manager at The Heritage Foundation. And are you having trouble finding tampons at the store? You're not alone. We'll talk about the latest crisis in the supply chain shortage. And as always, we crown our problematic woman of the week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Roughly 45 million Americans owe a combined total of $1.7 trillion in student loan debt. If that were distributed evenly among the borrowers, each would owe close to $38,000. Over the past two years, the federal government has paused collection of student loan payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, some Americans contend the government should forgive student loan debt outright.But what would canceling a $1.7 trillion bill mean for the American people? “When we talk about this notion of forgiving student loans, what we're really talking about is benefiting those who don't necessarily need it,” Betsy DeVos, a former secretary of education, says. “And the ones who are going to be ultimately paying for it are those who've never attended college.” DeVos joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain how the Biden administration should—and should not—address rising student loan debt. She also addresses increasing concerns over the far left's influence on education. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this week's "Problematic Women" podcast, we discuss the new documentary from The Daily Wire, “What Is a Woman?” We also review what's behind the Biden administration's baby formula shortage, which is still ongoing, and one of our co-hosts' appearance at the Turning Point USA Young Women's Leadership Summit. Finally, we'll break down the Women's Bill of Rights, a project of the Independent Women's Forum, the recent winner of the Heritage Innovation Prize. Guest Hadley Heath Manning, vice president for policy at Independent Women's Forum, joins us for the show. And as always, we'll be crowning our problematic woman of the week! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Up on today's Problematic Women — Mattel has designed a first transgender Barbie. We tell you what you need to know.Plus, abortion activists think a lot of things are going to happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned, including the claim that women will die. Is it true? Virginia and Lauren bring in a legal expert to address the pro-abortion activists' claims. Watch that segment here.We also explain what will happen in your state if Roe is overturned. 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.
Up on today's Problematic Women — We take some time to look back and remember former school shootings, and pause to mourn with the people of Uvalde, Texas. Plus, we bring you a couple of newsworthy viral videos of the week, and discuss how moderates and the center left might be waking up to the harms of gender identity ideology. 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.
Priscilla Hurley was first exposed to abortion while she was still in her mother's womb. She survived an abortion when her mother was four months pregnant. As a young woman, Hurley had two abortions herself before she began working at an abortion clinic. “[I]n a really twisted way, I was trying to help women,” Hurley says of her time working at the clinic. 'Hurley's journey to the pro-life movement began after a near-death experience in a car crash and coming to faith in Christ. Today, she is a pro-life speaker and community support specialist for the Abortion Survivors Network. Hurley joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to share her personal story and explain how she is helping fellow abortion survivors work through their own trauma. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Women who want to appear to be men now can buy “compression tops” at Target to hide their breasts. Starbucks, among other companies, will pay travel costs for employees to have an abortion if they live in a state that restricts the procedure. And Disney says it's outraged that kindergarteners can't be taught gender ideology in Florida public schools. Some of America's biggest businesses increasingly are embracing far-left ideology, and that may be affecting consumers' opinions about those businesses. “The share of Americans with a favorable impression of Disney has collapsed from 77% last year to just 33% today,” Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at City Journal, reports. The streaming service Netflix, for one, may have noticed Disney's falling star. Netflix recently released a memo to employees stressing the company's commitment to a diversity of views and opinions in its content. “As employees we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles counter to our own personal values,” the memo reads. “Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you'd find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”On today's edition of the “Problematic Women” podcast, we discuss why some Americans are likely weary of the left's radical agenda infiltrating America's businesses. We also share what we saw at the recent pro-abortion women's march in D.C. And as always, we crown our Problematic Woman of the Week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It's against the law to intimidate a Supreme Court justice in an effort to persuade him or her to rule a certain way. But that hasn't stopped some abortion activists from marching to the homes of the high court's conservative justices to demand that Roe v. Wade stand. Saturday evening, protesters visited the houses of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.On Monday, the pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us organized a demonstration in front of Justice Samuel Alito's home, and on Wednesday, protesters visited the homes of all six conservative justices, including Amy Coney Barrett. The protests come in response to the leak of Alito's draft majority opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. That opinion, if finalized, would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion on demand across the country.On today's edition of “Problematic Women” we discuss what it's like at the scene of these protests and why the First Amendment doesn't give anyone the right to intimidate judges or justices. Also on today's show, we cover YouTube's censoring of a speech by former President Donald Trump. Plus, food shortages continue to create challenges for Americans. And as always, we'll crown our Problematic Woman of the Week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After making it big in the entertainment industry, a young Sam Sorbo was struggling to find purpose. “I guess I figured out that the game was to make a lot of money,” she recalls. “That's what I was taught growing up. And I made a lot of money and it wasn't enough for me.” Sorbo's quest for purpose led her to faith, and a new set of values. Sorbo, an actress, author, filmmaker, and advocate of education freedom, joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to share her journey into faith, entertainment, and homeschooling. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nothing is normal about the way the public learned this week that Roe v. Wade is likely to be overturned by the Supreme Court, but then again, nothing is normal about taking the life of an unborn child. Roe v. Wade is the contentious 1973 high court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.In a leaked draft opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences.” Alito adds that “far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and [Planned Parenthood v.] Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division." On today's edition of the “Problematic Women” podcast, we break down the significance of the Supreme Court's decision, and why the leaked draft opinion is damaging for the high court. Plus, we explain what happens at the state level if Roe is in fact reversed in the decision expected late next month.And as always, we crown our “Problematic Woman of the Week.” Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feminists this year are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex-based discrimination in any educational program that's federally funded, either directly or indirectly. But in an ironic twist, the Biden administration is eroding the landmark legislation by redefining sex to mean “gender identity.”The change, seemingly minor, will have major repercussions, and Sarah Parshall Perry, a senior legal fellow for the Edwin Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, joins "Problematic Women" to discuss what these changes would mean—and what can be done to stop them.Also on today's show, we discuss the Biden administration's attempt to reinstate the mask mandate for public transportation and the Supreme Court preparing to weigh in on whether a public school employee is allowed to participate in silent prayer in view of students while on the clock.And as always, we crown our "Problematic Woman of the Week." See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Megan Almon is a voice for those who have no voice.Since 2009, Almon has trained tens of thousands of people, many of them students, how to defend their pro-life views. Almon is a speaker with Life Training Institute, and approaches the life issue from a scientific, philosophical, and Biblical perspective. The first question that has to be answered, she says, is “What is the unborn?” That question “frames the entire debate.""And that's the question most people are not talking about right now,” she says. Almon joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain her own pro-life journey, and offers wisdom on how we can all have meaningful and intelligent conversations about the unborn. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Being a wife and mother while working full time is a lot. Add homeschooling to the mix? Now you have entered superhero status in our book. Marguerite Bowling, a senior communications manager at The Heritage Foundation, is actually no superhero, but she and her husband are committed to their children's education and upbringing. When Bowling realized how woke her local Maryland school district was, the couple decided to take on the challenge of homeschooling their kindergarten daughter. The couple shares the responsibility of schooling their kindergartner, each giving the other time to work and care for their other two young children. It's not always perfect, Bowling says, and promises she has had more than one or two rough days. But they have found a way to make it work. Today, Bowling joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain why she and her husband made the choice to homeschool, and how they are doing what many would call “impossible.” Also on today's show, commentator Dennis Prager says the left has heavily influenced what women want, away from their natural desires. Is he right? And Prince Harry of the British royal family says he wants to raise his kids in a more equal world. How much advice should we be taking from the royals? 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 his first day in office in January 2021, President Joe Biden ended many of his predecessor's policies to manage illegal immigration at America's southern border. Biden brought a halt to former President Donald Trump's construction of the border wall, and tens of thousands of migrants began crossing the border illegally.Since October, more than 940,000 migrants have been caught at the border, the Border Patrol reports.Gloria Taylor, communications manager for national security and foreign policy issues at The Heritage Foundation, traveled last week to McAllen, Texas, to see for herself what is happening there.Taylor joins this episode of the “Problematic Women” podcast to discuss what she learned from Border Patrol agents and from ranchers who live on the border and face the challenges of surging illegal immigration every day.Also on today's show, we discuss why some district attorneys no longer prosecute entire categories of crime. Plus, we take time to remember the significance of Easter. 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.
For over 20 years, Eleanor McCullen has taken time every week to stand outside a Planned Parenthood clinic and offer help to women in crisis pregnancies. At the age of 85, McCullen says she has been a part of saving the lives of about 300 babies from abortion. But she adds that it's not about numbers, but helping women and their babies. The first question she asks women outside a Planned Parenthood clinic, McCullen says, is: “What can I do to help you?” And she doesn't stop there. McCullen has journeyed with many women through their pregnancies and beyond, offering financial, spiritual, and emotional support to families. Her passion for unborn babies and their mothers has taken McCullen to the Supreme Court and prompted her to testify before Congress. She testified March 24 against Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. McCullen joins this episode of the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain why she decided to become an advocate for life. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this edition of the “Problematic Women” podcast, we break down a new effort to defend the legal rights of women and girls. A document from the Independent Women's Network, “The Women's Bill of Rights,” calls for legally defining basic sex-based terms that activists have manipulated in recent years to alter the common public meaning of the nation's laws against discrimination. We also share the horrific story of five babies who appear to have been aborted illegally in the nation's capital. And we discuss Suzy Weiss' column headlined “The Teen Girls Aren't Going to Forget,” which explores the accelerating mental health crisis among teenage girls. And as always, we crown our Problematic Woman of the Week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this week's edition of the "Problematic Women" podcast, we break down the data behind women winning the biggest wage gains from the U.S. labor boom. We also discuss how, in some cities, women are not only closing the so-called gender pay gap, but now exceeding their male counterparts.Is that a good thing for women—and all of society?Also on today's show, automaker Buick is out with a new ad campaign promoting women's sports, partnering with the NCAA—ironically, the very same organization that's permitting biological men to compete in women's sports.And finally, we discuss the ongoing destructive effects of COVID-19 lockdowns—this time, on women's health. And as always, we crown our "Problematic Woman of the Week." Tune into this week's podcast for those topics and more.Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Last week University of Pennsylvania swimmer “Lia” Thomas, formerly William Thomas, became the first transgender athlete to win the NCAA title in the women's 500-yard freestyle. During the award ceremony, Thomas towered over the biologically female runner-ups, including Virginia's Emma Weyant, a silver medallist at the Tokyo Olympics who finished 1.75 seconds behind Thomas. While the "Problematic Women" podcast has been talking about the controversy for months, many Americans just woke up to the reality that men are competing in—and now dominating women's sports. We'll discuss the fear athletes feel in pushing back, and whether Americans should be celebrating Thomas as we did Jackie Robinson, as one NBC News writer suggests. This week we're joined by special guest Karol Markowicz. Markowicz is a columnist at the New York Post with bylines in Fox News, USA Today and more. She was born in the Soviet Union and grew up in Brooklyn, and among her many titles is a mom. She'll talk to us about why she uprooted her family from New York City to Florida, share her thoughts on the Big Apple continuing to force toddlers to mask, and discuss the treatment Russian Americans now face. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The stories of mothers and daughters in the Bible hold special significance for Shannon Bream. “We all have had the seasons of waiting, of longing, of having to be patient, not understanding what God is doing,” Bream, host of “Fox News @ Night,” says. Reading and studying the stories of the women in the Bible give us “the advantage of looking back over time in history and seeing how [God] was working,” Bream says. In her new book, “The Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak: Lessons on Faith from Nine Biblical Families,” Bream explains how women in the Bible persevered against great odds and found hope in the Lord that does not disappoint. She joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to discuss how the stories of the women in the Bible have affected her personally, and how we can all find courage in the pages of Scripture. Bream's book is available for preorder now and releases March 29. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Why are leftists being so creepy lately? Planned Parenthood has an “ice cream truck” in Texas, but instead of frozen treats, it's distributing condoms. Meanwhile, Florida lawmakers pass a bill prohibiting teachers from planned instruction about gender identity and sexual orientation to kindergartners through third grades … and liberals are mad about it. And over in New York City, even as most of the city is free to go without masks, toddlers are still being forced to wear them.Plus: We're joined by Brenda Hafera, assistant director and senior policy analyst for the Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation, to discuss how men are falling behind in today's society. We also crown our “Problematic Woman of the Week.” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Abigail Martinez's daughter Jaely was in high school when she started struggling with transgenderism. Her California school affirmed Jaely's struggle with her gender ideology and supported her taking steps to transition. Martinez tried her best to support her daughter, knowing that “changing” genders ultimately would not make her teenager happy. But because Martinez was not completely onboard with her daughter taking steps to transition, Martinez lost custody of her daughter. Martinez was allowed to visit her daughter for one hour a week. Jaely changed her name to Andrew and began taking cross-sex hormones. But the mother said during an event at The Heritage Foundation on Monday that her daughter was still struggling with depression. In September 2019, Martinez received the worst phone call any parent can ever imagine. Her daughter had taken her own life, standing in front of an oncoming train. On today's edition of “Problematic Women,” we tell Martinez's story, and explain why the transgender agenda is so harmful to women and girls. Also on today's show, we explain how gas prices have reached a record high, and why the Biden administration must invest in American energy independence now. And as always, we crown our “Problematic Woman of the Week.” Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
More than ever, free speech is under attack on college campuses across America. Spending tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for college is “a huge investment to live four years in fear and self-censorship,” says Cherise Trump, the executive director of Speech First, a membership organization that litigates on behalf of its members against universities that violate students' right to free speech. In February, Speech First filed a lawsuit against the University of Houston over a policy that Trump says limits students' First Amendment rights. She joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain the lawsuit and what students can practically do to protect their right to freedom of speech on their college campuses. And follow the links below if you are interested in learning more about organizations helping the people of Ukraine:World Vision's Ukraine Fund Operation Blessing Samaritan's PurseInternational Fellowship of Christians and JewsEnjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
President Joe Biden began his State of the Union address recognizing the courage of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the bravery of the Ukrainian people as Russia's invasion advances.Congressional Democrats and Republicans applauded Tuesday night as they stood to show solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine. The unity did not last for long, however. As Biden continued his speech, it appeared as though he was working his way through a far-left checklist. “The onslaught of state laws targeting transgender Americans and their families is wrong,” Biden said, presumably referring to state laws intended to prevent men from competing on women's sports teams. In 2021, 37 states introduced bills to prohibit biological males from competing in girls or women's sports. Nine states passed such legislation, including Idaho, Montana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Florida.Biden also said that to move forward in America, we must protect "access to health care" and abortion rights. But abortion is not health care, and does not advance the American values of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Daily Signal fact-checked many of Biden's claims and noted some of his blunders. Today, on the "Problematic Women" podcast, we give a full rundown of the best and worst moments of Biden's speech. Also on today's show, we share an update on the situation in Ukraine. Plus, it's Women's History Month and we're celebrating by honoring two of the women who have played a significant role in our lives. 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.
Does life really begin at conception? Is there a moment in the womb when a fetus becomes human? Are there times when abortion is necessary? Many of us have found ourselves asking these questions, but the answers can feel challenging to find. On today's episode of "Problematic Women," we explain what resources and tools we have found useful to form our own views and opinions on abortion. Taking the time to study human DNA, reading personal stories of those who have had abortions, and listening to the arguments of those who debate the issue of abortion professionally are all helpful tools to determine your own views on life and abortion. And knowing the arguments on both sides will also help you talk about the issue of abortion with those who think differently than you.Here are seven resources that have helped us determine our views on abortion: Scott Klusendorf's SLED argument.“Created to Live: Becoming the Answer for an Abortion-Free Community,” by Cathy Harris.Live Action video: “Meet Baby Olivia.”“Fighting for Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World," by Lila Rose."Chemical Abortion: A Review," by Melanie Israel."The Daily Signal Podcast" interview with abortion survivor Gianna Jessen."The Points of Proof for Life: Scientific," by Brian Fisher.Plus, if you want to send a birthday card to WWII Veteran Bettie, follow this link for all the information. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
When she was a little girl, Winsome Sears emigrated to America from Jamaica. Years later, she chose to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps because, she says, “America had always been good to my family and me." Today, Sears is again serving her adopted country, this time as Virginia's lieutenant governor. She made history when she was elected Nov. 2 to become the first black woman to hold that office.Being where she is, Sears says, she is reminded of the opportunities that America affords, and that she is “an overcomer, " adding that "many black people are overcomers.” “I am here in the former capital of the Confederacy, for goodness sake,” she says. “I am second in command. Second in command. I'm a black woman. I am not first-generation American.” Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A recent article in Ms. magazine describes pregnancy as more like a disease than a natural part of a woman's life. The headline states: “Pregnancy and Childbirth Endanger Women's Lives and Health: ‘Pregnancy Is Not a Benign Condition'.”Reading the piece, the message becomes clear—the abortion industry will say whatever it has to say to convince women that abortion is a necessary. It will use fearmongering and scare tactics to persuade society of the need for abortion on demand. The article in Ms. magazine dehumanizes pregnancy by labeling it a “health risk.” And to be clear, women should be made aware of the health risks associated with pregnancy, and what they can do to protect themselves and their unborn babies.Women likewise should know all the information about the risks that abortion poses. We can and should protect both the life of the mother and that of her unborn child, because both lives are sacred. The abortion industry will continue to pedal its product to women in crisis, at the same time growing its bottom line. On today's edition of the "Problematic Women" podcast, we discuss the importance of loving both the mother and the unborn child, and why all life is worthy of celebration and protection. We'll also take a quick trip to Eastern Europe to discuss what's going on between Ukraine and Russia. Plus: The U.S. economy is not as free as it used to be. We share which nations are the most economically free, and how far down the list you have to go to find 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.
Few authors have influenced society's ideas about romance more than Jane Austen. The English novelist, born in 1775, lived only to age 41. In her short life, Austin completed six novels, including her most famous, “Pride and Prejudice.”With Valentine's Day just around the corner on Feb. 14—or the alternative Singles Awareness Day on Feb. 15— it's a good time to reflect on Austen's legacy. Far more than the usual novelist, Austen instructs readers toward a moral good, just as a philosopher would, Brenda Hafera, a senior policy analyst in American studies at The Heritage Foundation, says. Austen challenges class structures and common stereotypes for both men and women. She forces readers to look past the surface in romantic relationships to consider the character and intellect of a life partner. Today on “Problematic Women,” we discuss the lessons we can learn from Austen in an age of dating apps and casual relationships. Also on today's show, we talk about he best way to celebrate Valentine's Day as a single person, and why some brands are giving consumers the option to opt out of Valentine's Day promotional emails. Plus, the Winter Olympics are in full swing in Beijing. We break down why China never should have been given the honor of hosting the games. And as always, we crown our Problematic Woman of the Week.Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Many college graduates enter "the real world” with grand expectations. They have high hopes of landing a stable job with a good salary, forming a strong community of friends, and maybe even meeting a special someone along the way. And why should they not have great expectations for their lives? They have been told to dream big and shoot for the stars—and they should. But sometimes, what older and wiser adults fail to mention is that the good job with benefits, the close friends, and the life partner all take time—and a lot of work—to find, Rebecca Stow says. Stow is the author of a new book, “Unbothered: What I Learned the Hard Way About College, Job Hunting, & How to Make Your 20s Suck (A Little) Less.” She writes in the first chapter, “I'm all about encouraging people to embrace their passions, but there has to be more realism in the process.” Stow spent her first six years after college moving from job to job, searching for a career she truly enjoyed, and that would allow her to live on more than rice and beans. Amid the rejection letters from employers and the challenge of finding her place in the post-college world, Stow says, she started to learn how to become “Unbothered,” how to keep hope alive when circumstances looked anything but hopeful—and never play the victim. With wit and charm, Stow recalls the lessons she learned the hard way, and offers advice to other 20-somethings who are also trying to navigate life's challenges. Stow joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to share her personal story, and offer some wisdom to other young people who also hope to become “Unbothered.” Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This year is arguably the most significant year in the fight for life since Roe v. Wade made abortion legal across America in 1973.The federal right to abortion could be overturned this summer by the Supreme Court's ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. If the court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion rights would go back to the states to decide their own laws on the issue. Abortion is no longer “safe, legal, and rare,” phrasing coined by then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton in 1992. More than 63 million babies have been killed by abortion since Roe v. Wade, and one of the newer ways the abortion industry is promoting and profiting from abortion is through chemical abortions.Chemical abortions are conducted at home with two pills. The body is forced into labor, and women experience heavy cramping and bleeding. Despite the dangers associated with chemical abortions, the Food and Drug Administration has loosened restrictions on the pills, making them accessible to women by mail.Today, on the "Problematic Women" podcast, Mallory Carroll, the vice president of communications at pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List, discusses the dangers of chemical abortions and why Planned Parenthood is heavily promoting the pills.Follow the links below to learn more about chemical abortions and the work of Susan B. Anthony List: https://www.heritage.org/life/report/chemical-abortion-review https://www.sba-list.org/ https://lozierinstitute.org/Also on today's show, a new "pregnant man” emoji is being rolled out on Apple iPhones. Plus, we share the story of a D.C. restaurant owner who is standing up against the city's vaccine-passport check mandate. 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.