Fierce Girls

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Subscribers: 193
Reviews: 4

Vaani
 Nov 5, 2019
So interesting! Kind of offensive that everything has to be Australian related! For example, J.K. Rowling wouldn't be on this awesome podcast which makes me sad.


 Sep 9, 2019
great dad & daughter activity


 Dec 11, 2018

Vaani
 Oct 19, 2018
The best!!😍🤩🤣😁

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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.

Episode Date
Jackie French — the girl with dyslexia who became a famous author
16:50
Jackie French could read entire novels by the time she was three years old. But when she arrived at school, letters appeared back to front, and maths equations were gobbledegook. Jackie was confused, but it didn't stop her from reading, writing, or coming up with astonishingly creative tales. Jackie read everything in sight, and then decided to write her own stories. Now, she has written more than 200 books, sold millions of copies, has spread the joy of reading far and wide, and she never plans to stop. Narrated by star of Orange is the New Black, actor Yael Stone.
Nov 21, 2019
Dr Abigail Allwood — the girl who looks for life on Mars
14:33
Abigail Allwood never thought she'd be a scientist. In fact, she was terrible at science when she was at school. Now, she is searching for life on Mars! She’s the boss of a whole team of NASA scientists who are sending a robot she designed into space. How did she do it? Turns out there’s a universe of possibilities out there ... as long as you reach for the stars. Narrated by Australia’s first female foreign minister Julie Bishop
Nov 14, 2019
Dame Nellie Melba — the girl who became the world’s most famous singer
18:18
Nellie's singing and humming around the house used to drive her dad crazy. But she always wanted to be a professional performer. She sailed to Europe to chase her dream and became the greatest opera singer in the world. She demanded to be paid exactly what a world-famous opera singer was worth — lots — and raised enormous amounts of money for charity. Narrated by singer-songwriter Dami Im.
Nov 07, 2019
Mary MacKillop — the girl who became a saint
12:55
Mary MacKillop is Australia's first saint. She had a dream to educate poor kids and she fiercely stood up against powerful priests for what she thought was right. Narrated by star of Little Lunch and Home and Away actor Olivia Deeble.
Oct 31, 2019
Alyssa Azar — the girl who climbed the world’s highest mountains
15:00
When Alyssa Azar was eight-years-old, she decided she wanted to climb Mt Everest. She trained for years and years, through wind, cold, rain, and snow. And finally, at 19-years-old, she was ready. She faced an avalanche, an earthquake, and the world’s most dangerous place — the "death zone". But still, Alyssa didn’t let anything stop her in her quest to be on top of the world. Narrated by gold-medal winning Paralympic swimmer, Ellie Cole.
Oct 24, 2019
Mary Ann Bugg — the girl who became a fierce bushranger
13:05
Mary Ann Bugg was an Aboriginal woman who became a savvy bushranger and accomplice to Captain Thunderbolt. Mary Ann was the bushranger's spy, riding ahead into towns to check for police. She used her bush skills to gather and hunt food for the group of bushrangers she rode with. Mary Ann used her first-class education and stunning beauty to fool the troopers and avoid being caught. Narrated by singer-songwriter Thelma Plum.
Oct 17, 2019
Tayla Harris — the girl who kicked goals against internet trolls
14:02
As a young girl, Tayla Harris was the only girl on the football field. It didn't stop her though, she kicked butt and fought hard for her place. Now, she's a star AFLW player and a champion boxer. But her most important fight of all was against internet trolls. When Tayla was bullied savagely online for doing her job, she took a brave stand — one that will go down in history. Narrated by musician and singer, Amy Shark.
Oct 10, 2019
Sabre Norris — the girl who shreds waves and skate parks
18:15
Sabre Norris was just nine years old when she landed a skateboard trick no other Australian girl had ever done — the 540. She's not just a fierce skateboarder though — Sabre is also a brilliant surfer. She's refusing to let ill health stand in her way of being the best in the world — so keep your eye out for her in the skateboarding at the 2020 Olympics! Narrated by actor Claudia Karvan.
Sep 19, 2019
Introducing — Fierce Girls series four
03:54
What do rad surfer and skater, Sabre Norris, world-famous opera singer Dame Nellie Melba and star AFL player Tayla Harris have in common? They're FIERCE! And their stories are going to be told in a brand-new series of Fierce Girls. Fierce Girls tells the stories of extraordinary Australian women read by other fierce ones like actors Yael Stone and Claudia Karvan, singer Amy Shark and Australia's first-ever female Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce. Subscribe now to hear new Fierce Girls from September 20.
Sep 12, 2019
Turia Pitt – the girl who had everything to live for
07:16
Turia Pitt was running a 100 kilometre ultra-marathon in the outback when she was caught in a bushfire. Turia was really badly burnt, spent months in hospital, and was told she would never run again. But she was determined to prove the doctors wrong, because Turia knew that she could do anything if she just believed in herself. Written and narrated by thirteen-year-old Donna Peari.
Apr 04, 2019
Molly Kelly – the girl who followed the rabbit-proof fence home
07:34
Molly Kelly had a white father and an Aboriginal Mother and was just a young girl when she was taken from her home. She was stolen from her family and taken to a settlement where white people hoped to stamp out her Aboriginality. But Molly escaped and walked one thousand miles home to her family, using a rabbit-proof fence as her guide. Written and narrated by twelve-year-old Ruby Macheda. If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, we want to let you know that this episode contains the name of people who have died.
Mar 28, 2019
Irene Szoeke – the girl who was born in a prison
06:21
Irene Szoeke had an incredibly tough start to life — she was born in a prison camp during World War II. She was one of the lucky ones — Irene and her family survived the war and later found a home in Australia. As she grew, Irene worked hard and asked big questions. So when an amazing new invention came to her work — a computer — Irene was the perfect person for the job. Written and narrated by eight-year-old Ariana Szoeke-Campbell.
Mar 21, 2019
Andrea Hah – the girl who climbed big rocks
09:10
Andrea Hah started to climb some of the biggest, toughest rocks in Australia better and faster than the boys. And that’s when she knew rock climbing was the sport for her. But when Ninja Warrior came to Australia, she just had to put her strength to the ultimate test. Written and narrated by thirteen-year-old Lily Geach.
Mar 14, 2019
Sam Kerr – the girl who became a football superstar
08:49
When Sam Kerr was a kid she spent hours upon hours kicking a soccer ball in the back yard of her suburban Perth house, dreaming of becoming an international football superstar. But how does an average kid from Australia make it big on the international stage? Practice. And more practice. Sam did so much practice she became the youngest person to ever represent Australia in football. Written and narrated by nine-year-old Maia Kelly.
Mar 07, 2019
INTRODUCING – Fierce Girls Series 3
01:32
We asked you to send us your stories of Fierce Girls, and woah did you deliver! Next week, on International Women’s Day, you’ll hear the first of five amazing stories written by Fierce Girl listeners just like you.
Feb 26, 2019
PRESENTS — school holiday listening
04:42
While the Fierce Girls team works on all new stories about amazing women, listen to Animal Sound Safari for incredible stories about cool animals and Short & Curly for some brain bending ethics!
Dec 05, 2018
Margaret Olley — the girl who painted masterpieces
13:31
Margaret Olley was a bit of a rebel who was often in trouble at school. But she loved to paint and found beauty in the everyday things around her. Margaret became one of Australia’s most loved artists and her paintings are famous around the world. Narrated by actor and producer Deborra-lee Furness.
Nov 28, 2018
Julia Gillard — the girl who became Australian Prime Minister
22:14
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.
Nov 21, 2018
Helen Reddy — the girl who roared
21:00
I am woman hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore! Singer Helen Reddy was tired of hearing women sing about boyfriends and husbands, so she wrote a song about strong, independent women. Her song, I Am Woman, struck a chord and became an anthem for women around the world. Narrated by conservationist Madison Stewart, aka Shark Girl.
Nov 15, 2018
Veena Sahajwalla — the girl who turned trash into treasure
15:13
As a girl growing up in Mumbai, Veena Sahajwalla loved seeing how people reused all the rubbish. When she grew up, she became an engineer and a waste warrior determined to find new ways of turning mountains of trash into treasure. Narrated by the host of Behind The News Amelia Moseley.
Nov 07, 2018
Pam O’Neill — the girl who broke through horse racing barriers
15:51
Pam O’Neill grew up loving horse racing. There was just one problem — girls weren’t allowed to be jockeys. Pam thought that was ridiculous, so wrote hundreds of letters to racing bosses until she was allowed to become Australia’s first female licensed jockey. Narrated by Olympic swimmer Cate Campbell.
Oct 31, 2018
PRESENTS — the Fierce Girls competition
01:32
Would you like to be part of Fierce Girls? Well ... get writing! We’re running a competition for our Fierce listeners and we’re on the hunt for awesome stories about Fierce Girls!
Oct 30, 2018
Gabi Hollows — the girl who helped others see
15:43
When she was a kid Gabi Hollows needed an operation to fix her crossed eyes. As a grown up she kept fixing eyes — just not her own. So far Gabi has helped more than two million people across the world regain their sight. Narrated by Australian ballet dancer, Ella Havelka.
Oct 24, 2018
Susan Alberti — the girl who kicked the biggest goal
00:00
Susan Alberti loved playing AFL when she was a kid, but had to hang up her footy boots when her dad told her it was too rough to play with the boys. She didn’t think it was fair that girls were relegated to the sidelines. So she made it her mission to start a national Women’s AFL competition and get girls off the bench and onto the field where they belonged. Narrated by journalist, TV and radio presenter and founder of the Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer Foundation, Carrie Bickmore.
Oct 17, 2018
Layne Beachley — the girl who ruled the waves
16:59
Surfer Layne Beachley grew up when girls were expected to sit on the beach and mind the boy’s towels. Layne ignored that ridiculous rule and became the best female surfer in the world — seven times! Narrated by Olympic gold medal winning hurdler and World Champion Sally Pearson.
Oct 10, 2018
Evonne Goolagong Cawley — the girl who conquered Wimbledon
21:29
Evonne Goolagong Cawley's first tennis racquet was a broomstick. Her second was a wooden paddle. It didn't hold her back. Evonne became the best tennis player in the world winning 14 grand slams and Wimbledon twice. Narrated by actor, writer and director Leah Purcell. Archival audio: BBC.
Oct 10, 2018
Lillian Armfield — the girl who fought the baddies
07:33
When Lillian Armfield became a police officer in 1915, do you know what her bosses armed her with? A handbag! She caught plenty of crooks with it though. Lillian became Australia’s first female detective and paved the way for thousands of women to follow her into the force. Narrated by comedian, writer and singer Em Rusciano.
Oct 10, 2018
INTRODUCING — new episodes of Fierce Girls
02:56
Fierce Girls is back for another season next week. All new stories, all new narrators, all still totally fierce.
Oct 01, 2018
PRESENTS — Animal Sound Safari
02:13
New episodes of Fierce Girls are coming soon! October 11. In the meantime, check out our other ‘pawdcast’, Animal Sound Safari! It takes your ears around the world to hear weird and wacky stories about animals. From celebrity sloths in Costa Rica to warrior mice who defeated a human army, each episode is an adventure. 
Sep 06, 2018
PRESENTS — Short & Curly
03:24
Hey Fierce Girls. We’ve got an unreal podcast we reckon you’re just gonna love - Short & Curly! It asks the curliest of questions which will really get you thinking like: who should decide when you get your ears pierced; what’s the point of school uniforms; and should lollies be banned? What!?! Check it out!
Jun 27, 2018
PRESENTS — the big announcement
01:45
Hey there! We’ve got some epic news to share with you! If you’ve been loving meeting all the sassy, mighty and amazing trailblazers in Fierce Girls, this is going to blow your mind!
May 08, 2018
Ruby Payne-Scott — the girl who listened to the stars
14:48
In the 1940s when Ruby Payne Scott went to university she was the only girl in her class. Back then, you could count the number of female physicists in the entire country on one hand. Ruby was super smart but she struggled to get a job because blokes thought women belonged at home. Not Ruby — she once used a bent coat hanger, some plugs and a few bits and bobs to tune in to the noises of the galaxy — something nobody had ever done before. It’s no wonder she went on to become one of Australia’s most outstanding physicists. Narrated by robotics whiz Marita Cheng.
Apr 30, 2018
Edith Cowan — the girl who changed the rules
10:48
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 the mighty journalist Leigh Sales.
Apr 23, 2018
Nancy Bird-Walton — the girl who loved to fly
16:20
When she was just four years old, Nancy Bird-Walton already knew what she wanted to do with her life — fly. She saved her pocket money to pay for lessons and her own aeroplane ... and before long people were paying her to fly them across the country. Nancy was the first woman in Australia to get paid to be a pilot. Today, the A380 is the biggest passenger plane in the world — and if you look into the sky you might just see one that’s called Nancy Bird-Walton. Narrated by singer and producer Kate Miller-Heidke.
Apr 16, 2018
Daisy Bindi — the girl who fought for more
16:10
Daisy Bindi couldn't understand why her boss paid wages to the white workers, but not to her. She was no different to them. And neither were all the other Aboriginal workers who were being treated like slaves. In 1946 Daisy decided enough was enough. She helped lead a three-year strike which won Aboriginal workers fairer pay and better working conditions. Narrated by singer, actor and radio presenter Christine Anu. Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are advised that the following episode of Fierce Girls contains the names of people who have died.
Apr 09, 2018
Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie — the girls who swam for gold
15:37
Not so long ago girls weren't allowed to swim in the same pool as boys let alone compete in the Olympics. Girls weren't even taught how to swim freestyle! Best friends Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie weren't standing for it. They were great swimmers and wanted the chance to swim for Australia.  Sports fans agreed and took to the streets to protest until finally the rules were changed, and Fanny and Mina competed at the 1912 Olympic Games in Sweden. Narrated by the fiercest of the fierce Turia Pitt.
Apr 02, 2018
P.L Travers — the girl who dreamt up Mary Poppins
17:10
When Pamela Lyndon Travers was a little girl her aunt came to stay. She was rather strict, but kind at heart, and carried with her a seemingly bottomless bag made of carpet. P.L Travers had the memory of this aunt swirling around in her imagination when she sat down to write a book, and before she knew it Mary Poppins flew onto the page. The magical nanny who could talk to animals and use her umbrella to fly, became one of the most loved and famous characters of all time. Narrated by TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson.
Mar 26, 2018
Ronni Kahn — the girl who fed the hungry
14:08
If there’s something that makes Ronni Kahn's blood boil, it’s seeing good food thrown on the scrap heap. Ronni is the foodie Robin Hood — she rescues tasty treats bound for the bin and gives them to the hungry. The "queen of leftovers" has had to move mountains to get politicians and business owners to agree to stop wasting perfectly edible food. And it’s been worth the effort — Ronni has saved 80 million meals!
Mar 19, 2018
Cathy Freeman — the girl who ran fast
17:13
As a little girl, Catherine Freeman had one dream — to go to the Olympic Games. Luckily, she could run fast. Really fast. So fast, she not only went to the Olympics, she won a Gold medal in the 400m race in Sydney! When she sprinted across the finish line ahead of everyone else, she became the very first Aboriginal Australian to win an individual Olympic gold medal and one of the fastest women of all time. Narrated by Australian Netball champion and #TeamGirls ambassador Laura Geitz.
Mar 12, 2018
Jessica Watson — the girl who sailed around the world
15:09
Everyone said 16-year-old Jessica Watson was too young to sail around the world all on her own. And when she crashed her boat into a giant ship in the dead of the night, in the middle of the ocean, the trolls shouted, “we told you so!”. But they were way too quick to judge the fierce and brave Jessica. She tried again ... and then it was her turn to say, “I told you so!”. Narrated by Little Lunch actor Madison Lu.
Mar 05, 2018
Louise Sauvage — the girl who was unstoppable
14:20
Louise Sauvage was born with one leg trapped under and around her body, and the other up over her shoulder. Even though the lower half of her body has never co-operated, Louise hasn’t let it stop her being fierce AND fast! As a kid she was awesome at all sports, and a speed demon in a wheelchair. Louise is a champion wheelchair racer and has won nine, yes nine, Paralympic gold medals. Narrated by six-time world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore
Mar 05, 2018
Nancy Wake — the girl who spied
13:56
What does every good spy parachuting into enemy territory need to evade capture? A handgun, a nightie, lipstick and a satin cushion of course! That’s what secret agent Nancy Wake had in her back pack when she jumped out of a plane during the Second World War to fight the enemy. They nicknamed her the “white mouse’’ because she was so hard to catch. Nancy helped many people escape the Nazi’s evil clutches and cheated death on more than one occasion. Narrated by singer, actor and producer Justine Clarke.
Mar 05, 2018
INTRODUCING — Fierce Girls
03:27
In a world where girls are fed a diet of princesses, unicorns and YouTube stars, Fierce Girls tells the real life and inspirational stories of brave, adventurous, and mighty girls and women! Like Nancy Wake the spy and Louise Sauvage the champion wheelchair athlete. Cathy Freeman who ran like the wind and Nancy Bird-Walton who flew the skies. Fierce Girls tells the stories of incredible Australian women read by other fierce ones like surfer Stephanie Gilmore, actor Justine Clarke, journalist Leigh Sales and the fiercest of the fierce Turia Pitt. Subscribe now so you’re the first to hear Fierce Girls on March 6.
Feb 20, 2018