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Fierce Girls

From skaters to singers, mountaineers to Mars mission-leaders. From the deep blue sea to the dark, black skies. Australia is full of girls who dare to do things differently. Adventurous girls. Girls with guts and spirit. Girls who stand-up and say, "watch out world, here I come!". Do you know what they are? They're FIERCE. These are their stories. Join the amazing Amy Shark, Julie Bishop, Yael Stone and more as they tell the inspiring tales of some of Australia's most extraordinary women.

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From skaters to singers, mountaineers to Mars mission-leaders. From the deep blue sea to the dark, black skies. Australia is full of girls who dare to do things differently. Adventurous girls. Girls with guts and spirit. Girls who stand-up and say, "watch out world, here I come!". Do you know what they are? They're FIERCE. These are their stories. Join the amazing Amy Shark, Julie Bishop, Yael Stone and more as they tell the inspiring tales of some of Australia's most extraordinary women.

Nora Heysen – the girl who never stopped painting

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Nora Heysen wasn’t the only talented artist in the family. As a young woman, her painting was extraordinary, but she could never get out from the shadow of her dad. She took her talents to London to carve her own identity, but male teachers and critics told her that her work wasn’t very good.

Oct 10 2021

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Mirka Mora – the girl who painted the town red

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As a child, Mirka Mora narrowly escaped being sent to a death camp just for being Jewish. The faces of the people she left behind would haunt her forever.

Oct 10 2021

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Yukultji Napangati – the girl who made her world shimmer

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Yukultji Napangati grew up with no contact with the outside world. Just her and her family, living on a shimmery salt lake. She learned how to live on Country, how to find food, water, and shelter. She was a particularly great hunter.

Oct 10 2021

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Marion Mahony Griffin – the girl who designed her dream city

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Marion Mahony Griffin grew up in the best kind of playground – nature. Her home was a log cabin in the woods, where she was able to run wild, climb trees, and spend time entertaining guests.

Oct 10 2021

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Queenie McKenzie – the girl who became a living treasure

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Queenie McKenzie grew up on a cattle station, staying away from the grasps of the authorities, who would take Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids like her from their families at will.

Oct 10 2021

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INTRODUCING – Fierce Girls Season 7

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Can you name a famous Australian artist? This season of Fierce Girls, we’re brushing up on some fierce women of the art world! So this International Day Of The Girl Child, October 11, you’ll hear the stories of five extraordinary Australian artists.

Oct 06 2021

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Jean Robertson and Kathleen Howell — the girls who drove into the history books

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Jean Robertson learnt to drive almost as soon as her feet could touch the pedals — and then she taught her bestie Kathleen Howell to do the same.

The two friends mastered automobiles at a time that you weren't likely to see a woman behind the wheel. Once they'd nailed that, they crossed the whole of Australia by car and smashed land speed records.

Narrated by actor and Australian Survivor winner, Pia Miranda.

Extra narration by Peggy Webber.

May 09 2021

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Julia Gillard — the girl who became Australian Prime Minister

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This year marks 100 years since the first woman was elected in parliament in Australia. To celebrate, we're bringing back some of our favourite Fierce Girls episodes, celebrating trailblazing female politicians.

At school Julia Gillard's least favourite subject was Home Economics. The teachers told her she'd need it one day, but Julia wasn't so sure. She had her mind firmly set on a career. First, she was a lawyer, then a politician and later she became Australia's first female Prime Minister.

Narrated by author and journalist, Tracey Spicer.

Extra narration by Peggy Webber.

May 02 2021

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Edith Cowan — the girl who changed the rules

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This year marks 100 years since the first woman was elected in parliament in Australia. To celebrate, we're bringing back some of our favourite Fierce Girls episodes, celebrating trailblazing female politicians. When Edith Cowan was a girl, her mum died, and her father was sentenced to death for murder. She knew hardship … and it drove her to get a better deal for women and children who were then treated like second class citizens. She took her fight all the way to Parliament House in Perth when she became the very first woman in Australia to be elected. If you turn over a 50 dollar note, you'll see Edith's strong and determined face staring right back at you.

Narrated by journalist, Leigh Sales.

Extra narration by Peggy Webber.

Apr 25 2021

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Andrea Boyd — the girl who became the voice of space

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Andrea Boyd grew up loving the science fiction series Star Trek. And when she wasn't at school, conducting science experiments or staring at the TV, she was staring at the sky.

But when the world's best engineers built the International Space Station, Andrea realised science fact was better than science fiction. She worked hard to become their only Aussie flight controller, talking to the astronauts who lived in the space station as it orbited Earth.

But Andrea didn't stop there — she wanted to bring space exploration to Australia. She convinced the country's leading academics, businesspeople, and the government to open the Australian Space Agency.

Narrated by netballer and physiotherapy student, Gabi Simpson.

Extra narration by Peggy Webber.

Apr 18 2021

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Caroline Buchanan — the story of the girl who became a world champion BMX bandit

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Caroline Buchanan rode in her first big international BMX race when she was nine, waving to the crowd, soaring down hills, gliding through the air. It was a feeling too good to give up.

Even when her brother broke his neck and two arms. Even when she missed out on medals at the London and Rio Olympics.

And even when she ended up in hospital, all of it was worth it. Caroline Buchanan endured to become a world champion in both BMX and mountain biking. And she's not done yet.

Narrated by actor and star of The InBESTigators, Anna Cooke.

Extra narration by Peggy Webber.

Apr 11 2021

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Faith Thomas — the girl who became the first Indigenous person to play cricket for Australia

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Faith Thomas grew up throwing rocks at galahs. She'd only been playing proper cricket for a couple of weeks before she was picked to represent South Australia.

Her phenomenal stats made headlines. So, it was no great surprise when Faith got called up to represent Australia against England in Brisbane. When she stepped onto the Gabba cricket ground, she became the first Aboriginal person to play on any Australian team… not just cricket.

But cricket was just a game to Faith. So, not long after that test, she left sport behind to dedicate herself to saving lives as a nurse.

Narrated by cricketer and Muruwari woman, Ashleigh Gardner.

Extra narration by Peggy Webber. Thanks to Daniel Browning and Tyson Baird.

Apr 04 2021

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Nyadol Nyuon — the girl who gave refugees a voice

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Nyadol Nyuon's family is from South Sudan, but she was born in a refugee camp.

Every night she prayed that her family could move to Australia. And, when she was 18, her prayers were answered.

In Australia, Nyadol wanted to be a lawyer, but her teachers didn't think she had the ability. Nyadol had some surprises in store for those doubters.

She did become a lawyer and, when the media unfairly targeted African youths in their reports, she found her voice and fought to give refugees a voice too.

Narrated by comedian, Natalie Tran.

Extra narration by Peggy Webber.

Mar 28 2021

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Madeline Stuart — the girl who conquered the modelling world

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When Madeline Stuart was 17, her mum took her to a fashion parade where most of the models seemed to fit a tall, thin, predictable box.

Maddy was born with Down Syndrome, a condition that means she has an extra chromosome. And while she didn't look like the models she saw in magazines, fashionistas thought Maddy was beautiful.

They invited her onto the catwalks of New York, London, Paris — every corner of the globe.

Maddy always knew she could conquer the world — and now she's showing everyone else that they can too.

Narrated by actress and writer, Kate Mulvany.

Extra narration by Peggy Webber.

Mar 21 2021

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Celeste Barber — the girl whose photos took the world by storm

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Even as a young girl, Celeste Barber always had a funny story that would make everyone laugh out loud.

Celeste dreamed of starring in a TV comedy like Friends, but she went on to play a paramedic in a popular medical drama. And when that series flatlined, she used Instagram to take the world by storm, one funny photo at a time.

During the devastating bushfires of 2019-20, Celeste knew she couldn't grab a hose and put out the fires herself. So, she launched a fundraising appeal and raised $50 million dollars for the New South Wales RFS Brigades Donation Fund.

Celeste Barber was way more than an Instagram star, she was a hero. And she had the last laugh.
Narrated by heart surgeon, writer and TV presenter, Dr Nikki Stamp.

Extra narration by Peggy Webber.

Mar 14 2021

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Oodgeroo Noonuccal — the girl who fought for the rights of Indigenous Australians

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When Kath Ruska's dad told her white people would never recognise Aboriginal culture, she hoped he was wrong. She became a famous poet, using her pen as a weapon to fight for Indigenous rights.

Her words took her all the way to Parliament House, where she demanded the Prime Minister do more to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

But she still had an English name, so she changed it to Aboriginal language -Oodgeroo, meaning paper bark, and Noonuccal, the name of her tribe.

Oodgeroo moved back to her island home — Minjerribah — and figured out the best way to make sure her culture was always remembered: she taught it to children, black and white.

Narrated by Gamilaroi and Dunghutti writer and podcast maker, Marlee Silva.

Extra narration by Peggy Webber.

Mar 07 2021

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Ash Barty — the girl who became number one

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Whack! Ash Barty was four years old when she hit a powerful shot at the head of her tennis coach. He said she wasn’t old enough to play but he saw how determined she was.

Since then, she’s whacked millions of tennis balls and travelled away from home for months at a time to practice and play. Until, finally, she became the number one female tennis player in the whole world.

Written and narrated by 11-year-old Ciara Whitehouse.

Sep 27 2020

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Catherine Hamlin — the girl who helped the women that no one else would

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When a woman has a baby, sometimes things can go wrong. When you are in a poor country, those things often don't get fixed.

Dr Catherine Hamlin saw these women needed help and decided to do something about it. She devoted her life to working in the poorest villages in Ethiopia saving thousands of women's lives. She did it all with kindness and determination.

Written and narrated by eight-year-old Eliza Naftzger.

Sep 27 2020

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Nova Peris — the girl who won gold in two sports then got elected to parliament

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You know those girls who are great at sport? That was Nova. She practised hockey endlessly in her backyard until one day she became the first Indigenous woman to win an Olympic gold medal but she wasn't finished. She went on to win a gold medal in sprinting, and then took her courage and energy into politics, becoming Australia's first Indigenous woman to be elected to Federal Parliament.

Written and narrated by 10-year-old Sibella Collins.

Sep 27 2020

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Dorothea MacKellar — the girl who wrote poems and broke all the rules

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Dorothea loved to write. So much, that she would write stories and poems in her own secret code. She had a passion for the beauty of the Australian landscape, and her poetry was so good that people all over the world read it. Dorothea wrote one of Australia's most famous poems — My Country.

Written and narrated by nine-year-old Amalia MacKellar.

Sep 27 2020

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Thank you so much

By Cool Navajo - Jun 02 2020
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Thank you so much with out you guys I would be awake every Hour but I have this amazing podcast and short and curly

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By pizza💩🍕 - May 11 2020
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I love the podcast it is so good. Please make more. I love the girls. I wished you could do more.