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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, 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. The interview segment in this episode was produced by Angie Yglesias. Be sure to tune in to …
 
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. The interview segment in this episode was produced by L’Oreal …
 
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. The interview segment in this episode was produced by Mary L. Chang. Be sure to tune …
 
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. ALSO: App…
 
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. ALSO: Apply for the Fifty Feminist States Podcast…
 
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, discus the escapist and critical ways we can revisit the past in historical fiction, and talk about their plans for voting and Election Day. Li…
 
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 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. Follow: Kaile Akina on Instagram @friendlykidprint…
 
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 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…
 
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. Plus, tune in to the first ten minutes of the episode for updates about our amazing n…
 
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. Plus, tune in to the first ten minutes of the episod…
 
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. Follow: Fifty Feminist States on Instagram (help us get to 1000 followers!) Follow Shilo on Instagram Links from the…
 
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. Fo…
 
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. PLUS news about an exclusive merch sale, our new Twitter account, and the Best Feminist Life celebration coming with Fem…
 
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. Follow: JLP on T…
 
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. After you listen, be sure to head over to the Feminist Hotdog podcast to hear Amelia be interviewed there, too! Follow: Feminist Hotdog on Ins…
 
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. Follow: The 99s Museum of Women Pilots on their website and Fac…
 
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. Follow: Violet Valley Bookstore on their website and Instagram …
 
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…
 
In Little Rock, Arkansas, Amelia speaks with Diego Barrera, one of the cofounders of inTRANSitive, a collective founded in 2017 to uplift Trans voices in Arkansas through community building, organizing, and political education. Tune in to hear their conversation about Trans migrant stories, transnational actions for Trans liberation, and what how c…
 
In this Kansas City episode, Amelia speaks to Dr. Valerie French about her life in Missouri and her work as an OBGYN in Kansas. They talk about abortion procedures, patient care, and issues around recent bills in the Missouri legislature that restrict abortion access. Follow: Fifty Feminist States on Instagram and iTunes And find: A video of Valeri…
 
In the first of two episodes from Memphis, TN, Amelia speaks to Jasmine Tasaki, the founder and executive director of WeCareTN, a non-profit organization that works to support and empower Trans Women of Color through job-readiness programs, direct financial support, and a variety of mutual aid programs founded on healing justice principles. Tune in…
 
S.E. Nash is an artist and educator in Kansas City, MO. In this second episode from Missouri, hear Amelia talk to Sean about how he integrates food and fermentation into his art practice to challenge binary ways of thinking about gender and life. Follow: Sean on Instagram Fifty Feminist States on Instagram and iTunes And find: Sean’s recent work on…
 
In the first of two episodes from Missouri, Amelia interviews Alyson Thompson, a St. Louis activist and writer. They chat about Alyson’s work with The 4A Project and her new organization Mixed Feelings, as well as how her writing practice has helped her better understand and create community around her experience as a mixed race person. Follow: Aly…
 
Welcome back to the Fifty Feminist States podcast! In this season three preview, hear Amelia’s reflections on traveling over the summer and to get a preview of what's coming up on the podcast this fall. Episodes start again on October 1st. Until then, find us on Instagram, subscribe to our newsletter, and we’ll see you on the road!…
 
In the third of three special episodes from northeastern North Carolina, Amelia speaks to Joyce Buffalo, Wanda Flythe, and Deborah Ferruccio about their successful grassroots campaign to keep a coal ash storage facility out of their county. Please support future seasons of the Fifty Feminist States podcast by pledging to our Kickstarter campaign to…
 
In the second of three special episodes from northeastern North Carolina, Amelia speaks to Ashleigh Bryant Phillips about her hometown of Woodland, NC, how her writing has developed there, and why we should be listening to and cultivating the creativity of rural voices. Support the Fifty Feminist Kickstarter today to hear more episodes like this on…
 
In the first of three special episodes from northeastern North Carolina, Amelia interviews Danielle Baker of Bakers' Peanuts in Roxobel, NC and Caroline Stephenson of Cultivator book store in Murfreesboro, NC. Please support future seasons of the Fifty Feminist States podcast by pledging to our Kickstarter campaign today. Follow: Fifty Feminist Sta…
 
In this final episode of season two, Amelia travels to Connecticut to talk to activist, academic + museum educator Alexandra Thomas about her research on Black studies + visual culture and her fat feminist politics, including her call for feminist groups to eat cupcakes together and go be loud in museums. Subscribe to the Fifty Feminist States news…
 
In this episode, Amelia travels to back to New York to talk to Support Ho(s)e organizer Red about their work organizing for the defense of Alisha Walker and what it really means to support sex work and sex workers. Follow: Fifty Feminist States on Instagram and iTunes Support Ho(s)e on Twitter Justice for Alisha Walker on Facebook Find the many res…
 
In this episode, Amelia travels to Providence, RI to speak with Samantha Puc, the co-editor of Fatventure Magazine about what it means to make a magazine about fatness that rejects diet culture and the process of coming out as fat. Don't forget to subscribe to the Fifty Feminist States newsletter AND support the Fatventure Kickstarter. Follow: Fift…
 
In this episode, Amelia travels to Massachusetts to learn a whole lot about witchcraft and political resistance from artist + academic Lakshmi Ramgopal and Paige + Cheryl of Witch the Vote. Follow: Fifty Feminist States on Instagram and iTunes Lakshmi as Lykanthea on Instagram Witch the Vote on Instagram…
 
In this episode, Amelia travels to New Hampshire to speak with Crystal Paradis, founder of Feminist Oasis. They chat about the challenges of finding work that’s aligned with your values and talk about ways to foster feminist community. Crystal also shares a few fun (and not so fun) facts about New Hampshire politics. Follow: Fifty Feminist States o…
 
In this episode, Amelia travels to Portland, Maine and speaks to Claudette Sara Ndayininahaze and Abusana Micky Bondo about their organization In Her Presence which provides resources for refugee and immigrant women in Maine. Follow: Fifty Feminist States on Instagram and iTunes由Claudette Sara Ndayininahaze, Fifty Feminist States, Abusana Micky Bondo
 
In this episode, Amelia travels to Vermont to speak with herbalist Emma Merritt of Railyard Apothecary in Burlington, VT and PhD candidate Lucia Green-Weiskel, an academic and mother living in Johnson, VT. Together, we think about how we can reshape our relationship with plants and the planet through cooperative and domestic labor. Follow: Fifty Fe…
 
In this episode, Amelia travels to Syracuse, New York to speak with Dr. Ashley Bohrer about her work with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence. We learn a lot about Palestine, Israel, and contemporary Jewish identity in the US. Follow: Fifty Feminist States on Instagram and iTunes由Fifty Feminist States, Ashley Bohrer
 
In this episode, Amelia travels to Pennsylvania and speaks to Brooklyn and Sarah -- two activists and artists from Chicago who are living in Centre County, PA. Tune in for a conversation about trans + queer identity, native + indigenous politics, and what it means to make a home in a place that isn’t particularly welcoming to you. Follow: Fifty Fem…
 
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