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The Catholic Feminist

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The Catholic Feminist is a podcast for strong Catholic women who want to be inspired, informed, and intentional. Each week, we interview Catholic women on topics like poverty, refugees, eating disorders, mental health, and women's rights.

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The Catholic Feminist is a podcast for strong Catholic women who want to be inspired, informed, and intentional. Each week, we interview Catholic women on topics like poverty, refugees, eating disorders, mental health, and women's rights.

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So good

By RookIV - Sep 18 2019
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I love this podcast! Thought provoking and enriching- so so many good interviews!

Wonderful

By nyvonne722daisy - Aug 25 2019
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This podcast got me back into the church!

iTunes Ratings

1052 Ratings
Average Ratings
965
36
20
5
26

So good

By RookIV - Sep 18 2019
Read more
I love this podcast! Thought provoking and enriching- so so many good interviews!

Wonderful

By nyvonne722daisy - Aug 25 2019
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This podcast got me back into the church!
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The Catholic Feminist

Latest release on Feb 19, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 85: Theology of the Body from a Feminist Perspective ft. Christopher West

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If we believe that men + women are inherently different, how can we discover the reality about womanhood without falling into harmful stereotypes? How do women who AREN’T mothers fit into God’s design for gender? How does God’s design for women’s bodies relate to deeper meanings about our world? How can women who don’t fit into your typical “meek and mild” box live out Theology of the Body and take part in salvation history when sometimes in the Church we’re smacked in the face with judgement and outdated gender roles?

These are just SOME of the questions I had about TOB. There’s nobody better to chat about them with than Christopher West, the president of the Theology of the Body Institute. It was an honor to talk with a world-renowned Catholic speaker and educator and to join forces on the truth behind Catholic feminism. Enjoy! (You also might hear a bit of my husband trying to put my daughter to bed and her not having it, what else is new 🙄😂 How ironic that while we’re talking about breastfeeding my baby’s going nuts and refusing the good ole plastic bottle…)

Today’s episode is brought to you by Meaningful Market, a shop that believes beauty and justice go hand in hand. For 20% off your first order, head to meaningfulmarketshop.com and enter TCFpod20 at checkout. 

Today’s episode is also brought to you by Branded Beauty, an e-course on branding for the new evangelization by Pink Salt Riot founder Jill Simons. Enter CATHOLICFEMINIST for 25% off your course. Jill will be actively leading the course in the Facebook group from Jan 14- Feb 22, but people that sign up will have immediate access to the whole thing immediately just in time to put some new branding into practice before the holidays. Head to brandingforthenewevangelization.com and click on “Branded Beauty”.

Nov 07 2018

41mins

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Rank #2: 114: The Truth About Birth Control + the Marquette Method of NFP ft. Sarah Tramonte

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Let’s talk about hormonal birth control. The fact that most Catholic women are on it, and the fact that few of us know what it even does. 

Today’s podcast guest, Sarah Tramonte, is a registered nurse + an NFP instructor. Sarah walks us through what the heck birth control even does, why it’s SO frequently prescribed, if there’s ever an occasion where it might be the right choice for a non sexually-active person (her answer may surprise you!) and whether or not it’s really an abortifacient. 🤯 Sarah and I also talk WHY so many Catholic women have turned to hormonal birth control. There’s a severe lack of education in both our schools and pre-cana classes to teach women how fertility works and what a period should even look like. This lack of emphasis on such an important part of women’s health is, IMHO, a glaring spot of sexism within our healthcare industry. Sarah + I talk about why she loves Marquette and who that method is right for, as well as what to do if you just consistently feel like NFP DOESN’T WORK for you. 😥

Above all, I hope this episode encourages you to take time to learn about your fertility. Whether you’re single, have seven kids, or somewhere in between, understanding your cycle and this aspect of your womanhood is vital (literally, Sarah says your fertility should be considered a vital sign like your blood pressure or temperature). Enjoy!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Franciscan University of Stuebenville. Join some former podcast guests and get an authentically Catholic education from the comfort of your own home by enrolling in one of their many graduate programs. Hit up www.franciscan.edu/tcf to learn more. 

Today’s episode is also brought to you by the Blessed Is She academic planner. Every modern Catholic woman needs one of these stunning planners designed by former guest Erica Tighe. Live more liturgically this year by heading to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/planner.

Jul 17 2019

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Rank #3: 55: A Feminist Take on Humanae Vitae and Contraception ft. Mallory Smyth

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Let’s be real: the Church has some hard teachings. It’s not afraid to call us to a very high standard in order to make us saints. One of the teachings that’s the hardest for me to swallow? The Church’s teachings on contraception. 😳 This year is the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on why birth control is immoral. This is obviously a major place we differentiate from our secular feminist sisters, and today’s podcast guest, Mallory Smyth of Endow, breaks it down in a meaningful, easy-to-understand way. If you’ve ever thought about scooping up Humanae Vitae or learning more about why the Church gives the green light to NFP but warns against contraception, today’s episode is perfect for you. www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/mallory

Today’s episode was brought to you by the Meaningful Market. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful print for your home or a fashionable tank with a truthful message, you can find what you’re looking for at meaningfulmarketshop.com and support a Catholic entrepreneur at the same time. For 15% off your first order, enter discount code “TCFPOD15.” 

Today’s episode was also brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book, head on over to audibletrial.com/catholic

Apr 11 2018

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Rank #4: 125: Letting Go of Our Addiction to Control ft. Jeannie Gaffigan

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When wife, mom, + producer Jeannie Gaffigan learned she had a pear-shaped brain tumor…it was inconvenient, to say the least. She had to learn how to give up a white-knuckled grip on control, find humor in heartache, and stop being the “executive producer” of her family. I loved her story about an atheist neurologist’s response to her faith life and how she feels God was with her through this insane medical journey. As a long-time fan of Jeannie’s wife Jim, I knew she’d be hilarious, even when talking about a brain tumor…and somehow, she was. Enjoy!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International. Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more about trips that can bring you closer to Jesus and give your own faith life a jolt.

Oct 02 2019

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Rank #5: 117: Sleep, Spirituality, and Self Care ft. Carleara Weiss

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What do sleep + self-care have to do with our faith life? As it turns out…a lot. Today on the show we have Carleara Weiss, PHD, breaking down how feminists can get more sleep, why women may have a harder time sleeping than men (#hormones), and why sleep affects our spirituality. Carleara + I also discuss how to get more women involved in STEM and the importance of 👏🏻mentoring👏🏻 women in your field. I love Carleara’s viewpoint on her faith being strengthened by science and how we as humans are able to help each other by learning more about the world around us. Enjoy! 

Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International. Travel around the world with experienced tour guides by hitting up selectinternationaltours.com/feminist.

Aug 07 2019

34mins

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Rank #6: 70: Managing Your Fertility ft. Bridget Busacker

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How well do you feel like you understand your fertility? 🧠👀💪🏼 Today’s podcast guest, Bridget Busacker, is the founder of ManagingYourFertility.com, a one-stop shop for learning more about your body, your fertility, and Natural Family Planning. This week is NFP Awareness Week, so it seemed like the perfect time to chat with Bridget about why she decided to launch this online resource and why she’s so passionate about the reproductive system. Bridget breaks down her own NFP journey, the difference between Fertility Awareness Methods and Fertility Awareness BASED Methods, and why she feels evidence-based science is so important to incorporate into our faith. If you’ve ever wondered if NFP is legitimate science or which method might be best for you, Managing Your Fertility will answer most (if not all) of your questions. I loved chatting with Bridget about this project + I know you will too!

This episode is brought to you by Audible. For a 30-day trial and a free audio book, like Woman Code by Alissa Vitti, head to audibletrial.com/catholic.

Jul 25 2018

42mins

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Rank #7: 56: The Creighton Model and Advocating for Your Healthcare ft. Hayley Stabo

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Advocating for yourself within our modern-day healthcare system isn’t always easy. For many women, PMS symptoms + cramps are treated with a prescription for birth control…but that’s often just a band-aid to a deeper problem. Today, my very own NFP instructor, Hayley Stabo, is walking us through how the Creighton model helped her get closer to REAL answers about her health. She also talks about what Creighton is, who it’s not right for, and why she decided to become an instructor. It’s so refreshing to cut the sunshine-and-roses song we usually sing about NFP and dig into the actual science behind methods and why they honor our dignity as women. Enjoy! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/hayley

Today’s episode was brought to you by the Meaningful Market. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful print for your home or a fashionable tank with a truthful message, you can find what you’re looking for at and support a Catholic entrepreneur at the same time. For 15% off your first order, enter discount code “TCFPOD15” at meaningfulmarketshop.com

Today’s episode was also brought to you by Kindred Bravely. From the bump to the breast and beyond, this adorable maternity and nursing wear company has you covered. Head to kindredbravely.com and enter “GRATEFUL” at checkout for 15% off your first order. 

Apr 18 2018

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Rank #8: 63: Women and the Priesthood ft. Emily Archer

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So...WHY can't women be priests?

After abortion, this is probably the largest reason secular feminists don't think Catholic feminists are in the "club". We claim membership to an institution with a male-only leadership model. But...does that mean we can't be feminists? Why CAN'T women be priests? Is these a fruitful conversation? Is the reason women can't be priests because we wouldn't be "good" at it? Can you be in a Church where you struggle with some of the teachings? We talk about all this and more on the podcast today with Emily Archer, a blogger from FemCatholic. Emily talks about why she's always struggled with this Church teaching, what she's learned when doing research for the blog, and how she remains in a Church that talks a tough talk. This episode was particularly important to me as this is a topic I get asked about a lot, and I don't always know how to answer. I hope you enjoy our conversation and that you feel seen, known, and understood. 

www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/emilya

Today's episode is brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book and a 30-day free trial, head to audibletrial.com/catholic

Jun 06 2018

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Rank #9: 103: Overcoming Spiritual Perfectionism ft. Colleen Carroll Campbell

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You know that sinking feeling you get when you realize you haven’t been to Confession in 6 months, or when your friend casually  mentions she hit up daily Mass with her three kids, or when you struggle to fit five minutes of prayer into your day? That I-suck-I’m-lukewarm-God-thinks-I’m-lazy feeling? That’s spiritual perfectionism, and it’s not of the Spirit. Today’s guest, Colleen Carroll Campbell, is something of an expert on this topic. A mom, former presidential speechwriter, and Catholic speaker, Colleen’s new book The Heart of Perfection reminds us why we should trade in our view of “perfect” for God’s. We chat about which saints inspired her, the importance of cultivating joy in our lives, and how to check ourselves and make sure we aren’t being Pharisees. Colleen is truly one of my favorite authors so it was an honor to have her on the show! Enjoy. 

Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Ever wanted to sail the Danube River with Father Leo Patalinghug and have the cultural and spiritual experience of a life time? This November, Select International wants to take you on an all-inclusive pilgrimage with Daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and more. Check out www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/tour to book your spot today, and www.selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more about the amazing trips Select International has to offer. Give your spiritual life a jolt by traveling abroad without having to stress about planning your perfect pilgrimage. Select International has you covered. 

May 01 2019

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Rank #10: 50: Consent and the #MeToo Movement ft. Simcha Fisher

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve noticed that sexual assault has been shoved into the national spotlight. Whether it’s #MeToo or #TimesUp, questions about sex and consent and whats what are constantly being asked. Today on the podcast, we talk to writer Simcha Fisher about how Catholics should view the idea of “consent”, how we can avoid diving in to Catholic bubbles where we think everything is “safe”, and how Catholic feminists can respond to tricky conversations about sex. www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/simcha

Mar 07 2018

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Rank #11: 71: Being a Young Catholic Professional ft. Jennifer Baugh

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You know what conversation I’m tired of? The are-Catholic-women-allowed-to-work-outside-the-home one. I explain why in today’s conversation with Jennifer Baugh, the founder of Young Catholic Professionals. Jennifer has amazing insight on being a working Catholic woman, how being a woman has helped her to flourish as a leader, and how to let a love of Christ permeate everything you do. We also chat about why we still need to have the above-mentioned conversation and talk about if it REALLY matters what some rando blogger thinks about your life choices (spoiler alert: nope! 😉) Her dedication to the Rosary inspires the heck out of me and I’m head over heels in love with her passion for the Catholic faith. Whether you work outside the home or your work is your kids/studies/convent, I hope you’ll enjoy my chat with Jennifer! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/jenniferb

Today's episode is brought to you by Tiny Saints. Head to tinysaints.com and enter CF20 at checkout for 20% off your first order!

Today's episode is also brought to you by Audible. Head to audible.com/catholic for a free audio book. 

Aug 01 2018

36mins

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Rank #12: 130: Vocational Discernment + Trusting God ft. Sr. Peter Marie

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You’ve heard that you’re supposed to “discern your vocation”…but what does that ACTUALLY look like? That’s what Sr. Peter Marie of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia is here to speak with us about! We’re talking all about the vocations process over here for National Vocation Awareness Week, including what a come-and-see looks like, why it’s NOT a bad thing to enter religious life + leave it before making final vows, and the importance of getting HELP + direction with your discernment process. Even if you’re already in your vocation or not currently discerning, I think this episode is perfect for anyone who struggles with decision making and needs some encouragement in that area. Also, y’all, can I just say I love talking to religious sisters? Because I do. We need more of them for season 4, Amen?

Today’s episode is brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Jump on their email list today at everysacredsunday.com to snag early bird pricing today.

Today’s episode is also brought to you by Select International. If one of your 2020 goals is to go on a pilgrimage, the time to sign up is now! Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more.

Nov 06 2019

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Rank #13: 126: In Vitro Fertilization and Pro-Life OBGYN Work ft. Monique Ruberu

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Sometimes I think one of the most difficult parts of being a Christian is that our culture so strongly feels that certain things are “the answer” that we believe are harmful. Be it divorce, pornography, contraception…so many things in our society that are presented as a great good can actually be so damaging to the human soul. If we truly care about people, we view it as our duty to share that information to help them grow closer to the Creator and live a life that is truly joyful + fulfilling. But thats…awkward. And terrifying. 

Today’s guest, Dr. Monique Ruberu, is a pro-life OBGYN. Talk about someone who often has to have difficult conversations! Dr. Ruberu is here today to tell us her story of becoming an anti-contraceptive doctor, what made her change her mind, and why she believes so many medical schools ignore NaProTechnology. We’re also chatting about In Vitro Fertilization and Snowflake Adoption—what they are, what the Church thinks about them, and how to wrap our minds around these hard medical decisions. 

Today’s episode is brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Jump on their email list today at everysacredsunday.com to be the FIRST to know when their 2020 journals are available. 

Today’s episode is also brought to you by Select International. If one of your 2020 goals is to go on a pilgrimage, the time to sign up is now! Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more.

Oct 09 2019

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Rank #14: 78: The Grace of Enough ft. Haley Stewart

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When is enough…ENOUGH?

Enough money. Enough time. Enough accomplishments.

It isn’t always easy to know. Today’s guest is a fan favorite repeat: blogger, podcaster, and author Haley Stewart. Haley + I dive deeper into our previous discussion about throwaway culture in light of her new book, The Grace of Enough, and how to live more intentional lives with less. Not just less possessions, but less stress and time away from our families as well. We talk about aaaaaall kinds of things, including how to handle criticism from creative work, dealing with HG pregnancies, and why her podcast makes me want to read smarter books. Head to the show notes to enter to win a FREE copy of The Grace of Enough! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/haley2

(Can you hear Tess in the background yet again as her father tries to handle her crazy self? Aaaaaabsolutely. Now seeking a new TCF Podcast Team Member: baby wrangler. 🙄) 

Interested in a free audio book? Head to http://Audibletrial.com/catholic, today’s episode sponsor.

Today’s episode is also brought to you by the Light series by Jacqueline Brown. If you’re looking for an intriguing, adventurous series that has the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval, look no further! Jacqueline is offering a FREE copy of the first book in her series—just head to the show notes to snag it!

Sep 19 2018

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Rank #15: 48: The Other Side of Beauty ft. Leah Darrow

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Today on the podcast, I’m chatting with someone many of you are familiar with: former Top Model contestant/current amazing Catholic woman Leah Darrow. I know this ain’t the confessional but I have something to get off my chest…I used to be a HUGE Top Model fan. My friends and I had watch parties in high school and I’m pretty sure there are embarrassing fake “audition” tapes we made floating around somewhere. But Leah exposes a side of the beauty industry that our current culture is often wary to admit: the side that uses women as PRODUCTS, not people.

Leah and I talk about a range of topics, from why she left modeling to whether or not there’s a place for worldly “beauty” in the Catholic landscape. We also discuss her new book, The Other Side of Beauty. If you’d like to enter to WIN a copy of her book, head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/leahd. It was a real treat to speak with this podcaster, wife, mom, writer, speaker, and daughter of God, and I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it!

Feb 21 2018

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Rank #16: 128: Bursting Our Catholic Bubbles ft. Alissa Molina

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When do we “shake the dust”, when do we engage, and when do we shut up + listen? Today’s guest, Alissa Molina, has some insight for us. Alissa co-hosts a spiritual podcast with some wonderful Protestant sisters and I had to ask how that challenged her or pushed her out of her comfort zone. I loved her insight on why it’s important to not ONLY engage with Catholics, how she tries to advance the Gospel message, and why mean Christians make us angrier than mean atheists. We also talk about how being a Latina Catholic has impacted her feminism. Enjoy! (Also, when she says “Not today and not tomorrow either”…I died. Can we all start using that? Go away, Satan. You suck.)

Today’s episode is brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Jump on their email list today at everysacredsunday.com to be the FIRST to know when their 2020 journals are available.

Today’s episode is also brought to you by Select International. If one of your 2020 goals is to go on a pilgrimage, the time to sign up is now! Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more.

Oct 23 2019

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Rank #17: 75: Why Pornography is a Feminist Issue ft. Patty Breen

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Did you know that porn plays a role in at least HALF of divorces? Or that the average age people are first exposed to porn is 11?! Pornography is truly attempting to destroy families, culture, and healthy sexual behavior. That’s why the work of today’s guest, Patty Breen of Whispered in the Dark, is SO important. After realizing her husband had a sex and pornography addiction, their failed attempts at healing led Patty to pursue an annulment. Today on the show, she’s teaching us what we should know if we discover our significant other has a porn habit, what questions we NEED to be asking them, and what to do if you’re a woman who struggles with porn (which we both agree is never talked about). We also geek out over a shared love of Shauna Niequist. Enjoy!

Aug 29 2018

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Rank #18: 87: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality ft. Lisa Brenninkmeyer

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For us Americans, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. That means turkey, parades, football, (whitewashed stories about pilgrims and Native Americans that aren’t 100% accurate and should probably be looked at much deeper than they are but that’s a post for another time), and family. For some of us, being with our families is a true joy that we look forward to all year. But for some of us, being with family is very difficult and can bring out some tough emotions. That’s why there’s no better time for a chat about emotionally healthy spirituality. Today on the show, we’re chatting with Lisa Brenninkmeyer, the founder of Walking With Purpose. Lisa and I talk about what emotionally healthy spirituality looks like, how to take care of yourself during emotionally volatile times, how to build up a community around you that you can be 100% yourself with, and how to seek healing from emotional wounds. So if you’re currently driving to your in-laws or cousins or grandparents for Thanksgiving, I hope we can keep you company for the car ride! 

Also, there’s no better time to express my immense gratitude for you, dear listener, for allowing me to have my dream job. To show my appreciation, we'll be joining in the good ole fashioned tradition of discounts this holiday shopping weekend. From today to Cyber Monday (11/21, 11/22, 11/23, 11/24, 11/25, and 11/26) you can take 20% off anything in the Catholic Feminist Shop with the code THANKSGIVING. I'm also bringing back our book preorder deal for those days only--if you shoot me a proof of purchase (Amazon, AveMariaPress.com, or Barnes and Noble confirmation) of Girl, Arise to claire@thecatholicfeministpodcast.com with the EXACT subject line PREORDER, you'll receive a discount code for 25% off 40 Days to a Feminist Faith, a free copy of our social justice Bible study, and our bonus episode with Mallory Smyth of Endow. 

PS: Today's episode is brought to you by the Catholic Relief Services Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide. You can be sure the gifts you give are well received and well made by shopping at ethicaltrade.crs.org.

PPS: Today's episode is also brought to you by Pink Salt Riot. Design the perfect gift and get free shipping + 10% off orders over $30 with code catholicfeminist. Head to www.pinksaltriot.com.

Nov 21 2018

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Rank #19: 54: Avoiding Mommy Martyr Syndrome and Raising Daughters as Feminists ft. Kate Wicker

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Hands up if you’ve ever struggled with getting past the idea of “perfect”. Today’s podcast guest, author Kate Wicker, has been there. We chat all about mommy martyr syndrome and the importance of valuing yourself as a woman and human beyond the idea of a “mom”. There’s no one-size-fits-all to holiness! Even if you’re not a mama, I think the idea of getting over “perfect” is one that can resonate. Kate also offers great tips for raising daughters to be feminists, including the difference between bringing beauty to the world and taking a sexy selfie, which I love. www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/kate

Today’s episode was brought to you by the Meaningful Market. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful print for your home or a fashionable tank with a truthful message, you can find what you’re looking for at meaningfulmarketshop.com and support a Catholic entrepreneur at the same time. For 15% off your first order, enter discount code “TCFPOD15.” 

Today’s episode was also brought to you by Kindred Bravely. From the bump to the breast, this maternity and nursing wear company has you covered. It’s also run by working moms—love! For 15% off your first order, head to kindredbravely.com and enter the discount code “GRATEFUL”.

Apr 04 2018

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Rank #20: MINISODE: How to Talk About Abortion

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We're talking about abortion. Buckle up. Tune in to hear my thoughts on why we're talking about abortion all wrong as a society + often a Church.

May 21 2019

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