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Fifty Feminist States is a roadtripping, storytelling podcast visiting all fifty US states to interview feminist activists and artists about their work for gender justice. This podcast is intersectional and trans-inclusive. It's hosted and produced by Amelia Hruby, PhD.
 
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In this episode, Fifty Feminist States host Amelia Hruby shares the bittersweet news that Fifty Feminist States is ending, and this is the final episode. Listen as she explains how and why she came to this decision, looks back to the very first episode of the show, and shares her reasonings, reflections, and gratitude for this journey. The archive …
 
In this episode, Fifty Feminist States Fellow L’Oreal Thompson Payton interviews Regina Townsend, aka @brokenbrownegg. Regina shares her infertility journey and why she created The Broken Brown Egg, “an infertility advocacy blog and source of connection for individuals seeking a personal story of infertility written from the African-American viewpo…
 
In this episode, 2021 Fifty Feminist States Podcast Fellow Mary L. Chang discusses how to get started in recognizing and understanding your authentic self. She encourages all listeners to take the time to be honest with themselves about the things in their world that are no longer in alignment with the person they are today. Mary shares important r…
 
In this episode, Amelia speaks with Fifty Feminist States podcast fellow Angie Yglesias! Amelia & Angie talk about Angie’s activist experience, why diversity & representation are so important in storytelling, and accessibility and empowerment through media. Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new episodes. Click here to follow Amelia’s nex…
 
In this episode, Amelia speaks with Fifty Feminist States podcast fellow L’Oreal Thompson Payton! Amelia & L’Oreal talk about L’Oreal’s book project on “trusting your dopeness,” her background as a freelance writer, how she deals with imposter syndrome, and their favorite Beyonce songs. Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new episodes. Cli…
 
In this episode, Amelia speaks with Fifty Feminist States podcast fellow Mary L. Chang! Amelia & Mary talk about how Mary got into music writing, common misconceptions about Mary and her work, the importance of empathy amidst diversity, and a few of Mary’s heroes. Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new episodes. Click here to follow Ameli…
 
In this episode, Amelia speaks with Leah Thomas aka @greengirlleah, the cofounder of Intersectional Environmentalist. Leah shares how she became an eco-creative and why she coined the term “intersectional environmentalism.” They also chat about cannabis equity, Leah’s upcoming book, and why we should all talk more about Kimberlé Crenshaw. Fifty Fem…
 
In this episode, Amelia speaks with LaTricea Adams, CEO and cofounder of Black Millennials for Flint. LaTricea share the origin story of the organization, what she wishes more people knew about lead, and why environmental justice is a critical component of racial justice and gender justice activism. Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new …
 
Our editorial team came together for a discussion about how clinical language can advance sanist ideas and to consider some more humanising alternative terms. Some people will prefer some terms and some people will prefer others. These are our suggestions. In the future we would like to create a living glossary that reflects how the meaning of thes…
 
Does the way mental health professionals talk about, diagnose, document and refer people with mental distress do justice to their humanity and their personal recovery, or do they perpetuate sanism? A conversation between Holly Vine and Ruth Wells
 
Content warning: Suicide, sexual violence, abortion Fi Peel takes us on a profound journey through extreme mental distress and suicidality, against the backdrop and stress of bushfires, coronavirus, a housing crisis and the "invisible pandemic" of sanism. This is about the power of music and theatre, and the strength of Fi Peel.…
 
Content warning: Suicide This episode is a poem written by Damian Rayner. It explores the traumatic loss of his brother to suicide and the ways it has shaped both his personal growth and his work as a clinical psychologist.
 
"Gaslighting is a common tactic against those with invisible disabilities, as well as differing abilities, and understanding it has been critical to understanding myself." Jennifer Fehr describes practices of gaslighting and toxic messaging, including self-gaslighting, and the ways in which gaslighting isn't always intentional on the part of the ga…
 
This episode is a conversation between Karen Millstein and editor Ruah Grace. Karen talks about her practice as a Peer Specialist in mental health, and her own personal experiences of "big feelings", often referred to as psychosis.
 
CRN 203 398 380X is a story set in current day Canberra, Australia. Anonymous author, CRN 203 398 380X, is smart, deep feeling, frequently in poverty and sick of the way things are. This has earned her a number of diagnoses and consequent traumas. On a good day she doesn't take it too personally and is delighted to be alive.…
 
Racheal Munro's story of being a First Nations woman in the mental health system was read to Annie Sykes, a Maori woman. This is Annie's response, told in conversation with Ruah Grace. It is a story of her own experiences of severe mental distress, hospitalisation, and the ways she has found her own peace.…
 
Content Warning: Racial violence, sexual violence, physical violence, suicide, distressing and dehumanising experiences. Racheal Munro, a Kamilaroi woman, talked to Ruth Nelson about some of her experiences of extreme mental distress, hospitalisation and being separated from her daughter.
 
In this episode, Amelia speaks with Fiona Davis, MJ Rose, and Katherine Chen, contributors to the new historical fiction collection Stories from Suffragette City. Together they celebrate the book’s pub day, discuss the escapist and critical ways we can revisit the past in historical fiction, and talk about their plans for voting and Election Day. F…
 
In this episode, Amelia speaks with Mary Grace Allerdice, a dancer, astrologer and healer living and working on unceded Muscogee (Creek) land in Georgia. They discuss what it means to be a home/body, their shared love for Patti Smith, what the planets teach us about social justice, and why we’re so alienated from each other and the earth. Tune in t…
 
Welcome to season six! Fifty Feminist States is back for a mini-season with three very special conversations about healing, white supremacy, and voting this fall. In this episode, Amelia interviews Susanna Barkataki, a speaker, teacher, author, and yoga unity activist living and working on unceded Seminole land in Florida. They discuss what it’s li…
 
It's been too long, Fifty Feminist States fam! This week Amelia is back from hiatus with an update about the podcast, news about her brand new book Fifty Feminist Mantras, and a BIG THANK YOU for helping us hit 20,000 downloads! Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new episodes. Click here to follow Amelia’s next podcasting project Softer S…
 
It’s the end of season five! In this episode, Amelia speaks with illustrator Kaile Akina about her journey as an artist, her experience as a woman of color in Utah, and the role and status of feminism there. Tune in to learn more about Kaile’s work and to hear what’s next for Fifty Feminist States. Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new e…
 
What is harm reduction and how do needle exchanges help communities? In this episode, Amelia speaks with Chelsi Cheatom of Trac-B Exchange in Las Vegas, Nevada. They discuss the many programs the Exchange offers including syringe vending machines and sex worker outreach and training, as well as how harm reduction work has shifted to respond to COVI…
 
Learn about the role of full-spectrum doulas in our reproductive lives and how doula work is transforming during COVID-19 with Gina Giordano and Tara Brooke of Doula Trainings International (DTI) and Born Into This. In their conversation with Amelia, they discuss why they founded DTI, what a doula is, how their commitments to reproductive and socia…
 
Today we’re sharing two special episodes from two special feminist artists in New Mexico! Hear from Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, a visual and performance artist living in Farmington, New Mexico who brings her Latina heritage and her hair to her mixed media work and her poetry performances, and Sarah Stolar, an interdisciplinary artist living in Santa Fe …
 
Today we’re sharing two special episodes from two special feminist artists in New Mexico! Hear from Sarah Stolar, an interdisciplinary artist living in Santa Fe who paints monumental portraits of survivors and creates intricate film and video installations about girlhood, and Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, a visual and performance artist living in Farmingt…
 
Learn about the work of Santa Fe Dreamers Project as they nurture immigrant communities, fight detention centers, and support trans migrants in New Mexico. In this interview, Executive Director Allegra Love talks about how hard her team works to protect their clients from the depravity of ICE and the American immigration system, the ways COVID-19 h…
 
Learn about tattooing and the visual practice of Denver artist Amy Shapiro! In her conversation with Amelia, they discuss how Amy learned to tattoo, the status of women in the industry, her photo and music projects, and how being a parent has shifted her practice. Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new episodes. Click here to follow Ameli…
 
Learn about fly fishing for equity from Brown Folks Fishing ambassador and self-taught angler Erica Nelson! In her conversation with Amelia, they discuss how Erica learned to fish, how being Native shapes her relationship to the land she fishes on, and why all feminism needs to be intersectional. Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new epi…
 
In this episode, Amelia speaks with Shilo George, a Southern Cheyenne-Arapaho woman, Queer SuperFat Activist, and founder of Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting. They discuss body sovereignty, Native culture, and healing historical trauma. Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new episodes. Click here to follow Amelia’s next podcasting project Sof…
 
In this episode, Amelia speaks with Rebecca Alexander, the founder of AllGo, a review app where plus-size people rate the comfort and accessibility of public spaces. Tune in to hear her discuss why she started this company, challenges she’s faced securing funding, and the many creative endeavors her team’s launched to bring this project to life. Fi…
 
In this episode, Amelia speaks with Mayumi Tsutakawa, a Japanese-American writer and curator from Seattle. They discuss her family’s influence on the art world, her career as a journalist and curator, and her new lecture “Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists” that tells the stories of five remarkable, but often unsung, women from Washington. Mayumi …
 
Welcome to season four, Fifty Feminist States fam! This season we’ll be visiting the West Coast, and in this episode, Amelia travels to San Francisco to visit Bini Pradhan of Bini’s Kitchen. Tune in to learn about why Bini immigrated from Nepal to the US, how her Nepalese restaurant supports the lives of womxn and immigrants across the Bay Area, an…
 
In this very special bonus episode, Amelia celebrates hitting the halfway milestone of this fifty state project! Tune in to hear the story of how it all started AND to learn what guests from the first three seasons are up to now. Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new episodes. Click here to follow Amelia’s next podcasting project Softer …
 
In this second episode from Kentucky (and the final episode of season 3!), we hear from Hannah Drake, an author and activist from Louisville who writes poetry about race, gender, and social justice. She talks about how she started writing, shares her experiences in spaces not made for her, and reads one of her most-requested poems for us. She also …
 
In this first episode from Kentucky, we hear from visual artist Laurie Blayney and small business owner Hannah Jones in our very first mother-daughter interview! They discuss what they love about Louisville, the struggles the city faces, and the feminist activism happening there. And at the end, they share one thing they’ve learned about being a fe…
 
In this second episode from Georgia, Amelia interviews Dr. Alix Olson about her past as a spoken word poet and her present-day position teaching Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. They talk about how spoken word poetry and queer theory have changed since the 90s, Alix’s journey from activist to academic, and the challenging…
 
In this episode, Amelia catches up with JLP Prince, the Director of Community, Civic and Global Engagement at Agnes Scott College. They talk about the strengths of women’s colleges (Amelia and JLP went to the same one for undergrad!), how to empower women to become global citizens, and even a bit about queer, feminist geek culture. Fifty Feminist S…
 
In this special podcast crossover episode, we hear from Adrienne van der Valk of Feminist Hotdog about what it’s like to be a feminist in Alabama and how podcasting can be a tool for the feminist revolution. Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new episodes. Click here to follow Amelia’s next podcasting project Softer Sounds.…
 
In the first of two episodes from Alabama, Amelia speaks with Tori Wolfe-Sisson in Birmingham about BLK PEARL, a learning and leisure alliance that cultivates wellness through visibility and economic development with Black, Brown, Indigenous, Transgender & Queer Women. They spend the first half of the interview discussing Tori’s organizing work, an…
 
In this episode, Amelia visits the 99s Museum of Women Pilots in Oklahoma City to speak with Shaylyn Sawyer, the museum manager. They discuss the global history of women in aviation, how the 99s has empowered women pilots for 90 years (!!), and why the field is still so male-dominated. Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new episodes. Clic…
 
This episode takes Amelia to Water Valley, Mississippi to talk to Jaime Harker, the owner of Violet Valley Bookstore, the only queer feminist bookstore in MS. They talk about feminist presses, how books create community, and why it’s so important to cultivate queer spaces in the South. Fifty Feminist States is no longer releasing new episodes. Clic…
 
In the second of two episodes from Memphis, TN, Amelia speaks to Cherisse Scott the founder of SisterReach, Tennessee’s first and only reproductive justice organization. Tune in to hear Cherisse’s story including her crisis pregnancy center experience, the path that led her to found SisterReach, and how she was recently silenced by the Tennessee Se…
 
In this second episode from Arkansas, Amelia visits Fayetteville, AR and talks to Marty Lane, a graphic design professor and activist, and Hannah Withers, a local business owner and organizer, about their community work for social change. Tune in to learn more about feminist pedagogy and designing with marginalized communities and to hear one of ou…
 
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