A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
In these biographies of current and historical figures, both well-known and obscure, listeners learn about the lives of the women in the stories and the historical context. Also lots of lessons about perseverance.
Positive messages include perseverance, bravery, following your dreams, facing adversity, overcoming injustice, facing your fears, finding your voice.
Positive Role Models
Featured women embody courage and integrity. The show's entire purpose is to showcase strong female role models. A few examples: A young Black writer, Amanda Gorman, overcomes a learning disability and speech impediment to perform a poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration; Joan Jett overcomes gender bias and stereotypes in the '80s music industry to headline her own rock band; the first Black woman nominated to run for governor -- and a fierce protector of Americans' right to vote (Stacey Abrams) -- learned from her parents: "Having nothing is not an excuse for doing nothing."
Stories feature women from diverse ethnic, class, and ability backgrounds in a wide range of aspirational roles. Examples include a Haitian-Japanese tennis player who becomes a pro despite facing racism and bullying; a Syrian refugee who swims at the Olympics; a woman missing a limb who became a spy for the Allied forces in WWII; and a young Italian fencer who survived a quadruple amputation at age 11 and invented her own prosthesis to get to the Paralympics.
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Violence & Scariness
Stories reference topics including war, bullying, and other forms of violence, usually in the context of challenges the featured women faced and surmounted.
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Products & Purchases
Some episodes start with a sponsor's short product ad; halfway through, the Rebel Girls subscription app is plugged.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls podcast (inspired by the popular same-named book) offers short, bedtime-type stories about women leaders, innovators, and champions from around the world, often told by other notable women. Stories typically center around a challenge to be overcome; some touch on serious topics including war, racism, and bullying. Many of the stories feature women and girls of diverse racial and economic backgrounds, from many different eras and fields. Themes center around perseverance, courage and integrity. Episodes are around 20 minutes, a good length for a nighttime routine. Only a handful of the stories are available on the usual listening platforms; many more are still free, but only through the Rebel Girls app, and full access to episodes is only available with paid subscription.
Is It Any Good?
These brief but detailed biographies bring to light many unknown achievements throughout women's history. Each episode of the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls podcast is narrated by an accomplished storyteller and/or actor (examples include Tarana Burke, Priscilla Chan, Anita Hill, Pamela Adlon) in often magically unfolding ways, with a real fairytale vibe. They're written in a compelling way, with a well-produced score, which can hold both children and adult listeners' attention.
Women from a very wide range of fields, eras, and places are represented, and their accomplishments, despite often-great hurdles, are clearly illustrated. The dreamy style makes these an especially good bedtime (or nighttime road trip) choice.
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