Pantsuit Nation Podcast
Summary: From the founders of Pantsuit Nation, the Facebook group that brought together millions of passionate and engaged people in the final weeks of the 2016 election, a weekly podcast that connects personal narrative to political action. With stories that will move and inspire you, we focus on the people at the heart of policy decisions and talk about resources to effectively resist the current administration and promote progressive change in American politics.
This week we air a conversation between Cortney and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey - a woman we have long admired and hoped would be able to join us on the show. We learn firsthand what Attorneys General do for their constituents, and how AG Healey transitioned from a career as a basketball player in Europe (yup!) to the law. The Golden Pantsuit goes two women standing up for what is right, and we encourage everyone to contact their senators about an upcoming cabinet appointment. Subscribe and share today!
We are joined this week by urban planning Nina Idemudia to talk activism, policy making, and access to power. She tells us about her path to a career in urban planning (and what urban planners do!), and how she is making LA a better city from the inside-out. We also celebrate the mind-blowing clutch shots of Arike Ogunbawale in the NCAA tournament, and remind you to call your reps about the census and gun violence. Subscribe and share today!
This week we are joined by Lizzie Ulmer, Communications Director for the Democratic Attorneys General Association. She schools us in all the ways AGs affect our democracy, and tells us about how her work in gun safety led her to a career supporting Democratic AGs. We shout out a young teen using data to end mass shootings in the Golden Pantsuit, and tackle the citizenship question on the census for the call to action. Listen, subscribe, and share today!
This week we talked to J. Bob Alotta: filmmaker, media activist, and Executive Director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. She tells us about Astraea's incredible work across the globe, and reminds us of the importance of making ourselves uncomfortable if we want to meaningfully dismantle segregation and oppression. We gear up for the March for Our Lives this weekend and give the Golden Pantsuit to the new Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue. Subscribe and listen today!
This week we talk to Elena Hung, Founder and CEO of Little Lobbyists, about how the election turned her in to an activist (we can relate). We talk about how storytelling connects her work as an activist on behalf of medically complex kids with her day job as an immigration lawyer, and how community is an essential building block for advocacy. Our Calls to Action stay on the healthcare and storytelling theme, and we award the Golden Pantsuit to a woman leading her organization to come to terms with its racist history. Listen and share today!
This week we talk to writer, storyteller, and mover and shaker Julie Kohler about the history of white women’s voting behavior, and whether we have reason to hope it might change this year and in elections to come. We welcome the return of the Golden Snowsuit and remind listeners to follow the lead of young activists around the country to demand gun reform. Listen and subscribe!
This week we talk to Leanne Pittsford, founder and CEO of Lesbians who Tech, and all around top notch badass. She tells us about the origins of her company, and how her work at Lesbians Who Tech has lead her to bringing even more members of marginalized communities in to tech jobs. We use the Golden Pantsuit to honor a young leader from Florida, and remind you that the DACA fight is ongoing.
This week, Cortney talks to Sabrina and Eunice Moyle, sisters and co-founders of Hello!Lucky, a design studio based in San Francisco, about their work bringing creativity and activism together for young woman. Their posters, cards, pins, and upcoming book, Be the Change: The Future is in Your Hands, aim to do exactly that. We have another round of Olympic Gold-en Pantsuits, and talk about actions to take around gun safety and DACA. Listen and share!
This week, we talk with Gina Ortiz Jones, an Air Force vet, former intelligence officer under President Obama, and now a primary candidate for Congress in Texas's 23rd District. We talk about how Texas is a microcosm for the United States at a crucial moment in our history, and how her career has prepared her to take on this next challenge. We give the Golden Pantsuits to some women who are no strangers to (Olympic) gold, and talk about protecting Dreamers and the integrity of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Listen and subscribe!
This week Cortney talks with Nadya Okamoto, a sophomore at Harvard who has started two organizations, run for city council, been honored by Teen Vogue, and hung out with Hillary Clinton. We discuss the parts of her personal story that lead her to a life in service of others, and talk about her upcoming book. The Golden Pantsuit goes to an amazing young chef who can definitely cook better than you can. Listen and subscribe today!
This week Cortney talks with Jessica Morales Rocketto, Political Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, about her career as an organizer, the historical roots of secret Facebook groups, and her connection to Pantsuit Nation. We give the Golden Pantsuit to Kesha for her powerful Grammy performance, and send you calls to action around gun safety and immigration. Listen and Subscribe!
This week we talk with Heather McGhee, President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. She talks about the strategic importance of mainstreaming big, bold ideas that can shift power back to the people, and gives us some hope for what she sees as a watershed moment for grassroots organizing and activism. For our call to action, we focus on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and give the Golden Pantsuit to two women breaking barriers in the entertainment industry. Listen and subscribe!
This week, we talk with 16-year-old Sydney Ireland, who has been fighting for almost her entire life for the right to be a full-fledged Boy Scout after being an "unofficial" member earning "unofficial" recognition for years. Last year, the Boy Scouts finally announced their policy change, allowing girls to join the organization, but the change won't take effect by the time Sydney would be a candidate for Eagle Scout, something she's worked toward since she was a very young girl. We also talk/vent about Aziz Ansari, award the Golden Pantsuit to a fashion icon and leader for young women, and have our very last (!!) Cat Call. Listen and subscribe.
This week we are joined by Sandra Fluke, who gained nation attention when she testified before members of Congress regarding comprehensive insurance coverage for birth control and took on Rush Limbaugh and other conservative commentators. We learn what she is doing now, and how that connects to that moment in 2012. We also call up this week's Golden Pantsuit winner, Cincinnati City Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard, to talk about that iconic folding chair. Subscribe and listen today!
This week we talk with writer and feminist Rachel Cargle about how the often unacknowledged and unseen stress that black women face in our country can have devastating consequences, and about the ripple effect that online conversations can have in changing social structures in offline spaces. We have our first Cat Call of 2018, and award the Golden Pantsuit to Cardi B. Listen and subscribe!