Fierce Girls

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 Aug 2, 2019
So interesting!!!

 Dec 11, 2018

 Oct 19, 2018
The best!!😍🤩🤣😁


From athletes to aviators, scientists to spies. 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!" You know what they are? They're FIERCE. And these are their stories. Join the amazing Turia Pitt, Lisa Wilkinson, Stephanie Gilmore and more, as they tell the inspiring tales of some of Australia's most extraordinary women.

Episode Date
Turia Pitt – the girl who had everything to live for
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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