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A Daily Signal podcast that challenges the left's narrative that all women must be liberal, pink-hat wearing, Planned Parenthood supporters. Hosted by Lauren Evans and Virginia Allen. Problematic Women celebrates and empowers right-minded women through thoughtful, long-form interviews and sharp-witted commentary on issues from pop culture to politics.


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A Daily Signal podcast that challenges the left's narrative that all women must be liberal, pink-hat wearing, Planned Parenthood supporters. Hosted by Lauren Evans and Virginia Allen. Problematic Women celebrates and empowers right-minded women through thoughtful, long-form interviews and sharp-witted commentary on issues from pop culture to politics.


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    How Conservative College Students Can Gain a Voice on Campus

    How Conservative College Students Can Gain a Voice on Campus

    Student activism “has to be loud,” Kristin Dobson, national field director for the Leadership Institute, says.
    Dobson trains young people across America how to have a voice on their college campus. Through practical tools, she and her team show young people how to promote freedom and conservative principles effectively at their universities.
    Dobson joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to tell how the Leadership Institute is creating positive change on college campuses. And as a long-time Taylor Swift fan, Dobson breaks down why she thinks the pop star is such a success. 
    Also on today’s show, we talk with Sophia Fisher, founder of Stop the Demand Project, which fights human trafficking. Fisher founded the nonprofit this year after becoming concerned with the ways technology is used to promote this particular crime.
    Fisher's organization looks specifically at factors such as pornography, drugs, and alcohol that further human trafficking. It seeks to address those issues, she says, because “ultimately, if we can reduce the demand, there will be less supply."
    Fisher explains how the Stop the Demand Project plans to use technology to protect Generation Z from human traffickers. 
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    • 28 min
    Is America Facing a Women’s Employment Crisis?

    Is America Facing a Women’s Employment Crisis?

    Right now, America has a record number of jobs available. 
    "Help Wanted" signs are everywhere. Yet, the labor-participation rate remains low, and women in particular are slow to return to the workforce. 
    Since February 2020, more than 1.6 million women have gone “missing” from the economy, and some are questioning the need to ever go back. Vice President Kamala Harris has called the situation a “national emergency.” And, according to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and many economists, it’s a “problem” that needs to be fixed.
    But with so many jobs available to take, is the decrease in the female labor-participation rate really problematic—or, is it the reflection of a choice? We discuss it on this week’s three-year anniversary of “Problematic Women,” and also hear the profound personal testimony of Laura Perry, a woman who struggled with her gender identity, underwent gender-transition surgery, and after all that, realized that she still didn’t feel whole. 
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    • 58 min
    I Could Lose Everything After 'Devastating' End to 8-Year Court Battle Over Same-Sex Wedding, Florist Says

    I Could Lose Everything After 'Devastating' End to 8-Year Court Battle Over Same-Sex Wedding, Florist Says

    When the Supreme Court announced July 2 that it had declined to take up florist Barronelle Stutzman’s case, it left her on the losing side of an eight-year court battle. 
    In 2013, one of Stutzman’s longtime customers asked her to design floral arrangements for his same-sex wedding. She told him that because of her religious beliefs, she could not design an arrangement for the wedding, but she referred him to several other florists. A few weeks later, she learned she was being sued. 
    The Washington state "attorney general, without any complaint from Rob [Ingersoll] and Curt [Freed] sued me personally and corporately, and the ACLU got ahold of Rob and Curt and also sued me personally and corporately," Stutzman told The Daily Signal.
    Now, the Washington state Supreme Court ruling against the Christian florist stands because the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up Stutzman’s appeal. The Supreme Court’s move could cost Stutzman everything. 
    "It has cost us so much mentally, physically, spiritually," Stutzman said. "And then the cost, everything we've worked for all these years, the flower shop that I own, our home, our retirement, our life savings, everything is in jeopardy because of the ACLU, [and] attorney fees are going to be so large."
    Stutzman and Kristen Waggoner, general counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, join the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain the details of the court battle and the implications of the high court’s refusal to hear her appeal. 
    Also on today’s show, we talk with Lindsey Burke, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, about the National Education Association’s commitment to promote critical race theory in schools across America. 
    And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”
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    • 37 min
    Mother and Daughter Track Athletes Speak Out on Competing Against Biological Males

    Mother and Daughter Track Athletes Speak Out on Competing Against Biological Males

    Mother and daughter Cynthia and Margaret Monteleone share a deep love of running and competition. But after they both ran against biological men in track events, they knew they needed to do something to defend their right to a level playing field. 
    "I think everyone should compete," Cynthia Monteleone said. "I think all athletes should compete. There is no banning anyone. But that being said, there needs to be a distinction to keep the sport fair and to keep biological women advancing in the opportunities available to them."
    Cynthia Monteleone is a World Masters Athletics track athlete and also coaches girls track at the middle school, high school, and elite level in Maui, Hawaii. In 2018, she faced off against a biological male during a track competition in Malaga, Spain. About a year and a half later, her daughter competed against another transgender athlete during her high school track meet.   
    "I was a little bit disheartened," Margaret Monteleone said of placing second to a biological male in her high school track meet. "I'd worked so hard through the whole year, just training for this first-ever meet [of] my season. ... I could have gotten first in the heat, and it was really disappointing to me to see my hard work pay off just for second place."
    Now, the mother and daughter are speaking out in defense of female athletes and their right to fair competition. They join the “Problematic Women” podcast to share their experience running against biological men and how they are advocating for the future of women’s sports. 
    Also on today’s show, we discuss why athlete Gwen Berry turned her back on the U.S. flag during the national anthem at the Olympic trials.
    And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”
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    • 39 min
    Amy Swearer Explains What You Need to Know About Supreme Court Rulings on Faith-Based Foster Care, Student Speech, and More

    Amy Swearer Explains What You Need to Know About Supreme Court Rulings on Faith-Based Foster Care, Student Speech, and More

    The Supreme Court has issued a number of significant rulings this term that affect everything from collegiate athletics to adoption agencies.
    Among the most notable decisions, the high court ruled 9-0 in favor of religious liberty in the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The case gives a Catholic social service agency in Philadelphia the right to continue a government-funded foster care program while not being forced to compromise its beliefs about marriage.
    The city of Philadelphia "terminated Catholic Social Services' contract as a foster care placement agency," because the group would not place children with same-sex couples, Heritage Foundation legal fellow Amy Swearer said. The city did that even though "there had also never been a same-sex couple that had ever approached Catholic Social Services about becoming foster parents," she noted.
    Swearer joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain how the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Philadelphia case could affect other faith-based adoption agencies. Swearer also breaks down the significance of the court’s recent ruling against the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
    Also on today’s show, Marie Fishpaw, the director of domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, joins the show to discuss The Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare and what that decision means for Americans' health care. 
    And as always, we will be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.” 
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    • 37 min
    She Quit Homosexuality. Now, She’s Helping Others Do Likewise.

    She Quit Homosexuality. Now, She’s Helping Others Do Likewise.

    Elizabeth Woning began questioning her sexuality when she was 16. By the time she was in her 30s, she says, she was "stereotypically butch.” 
    But after an experience at a local church, Woning said she began to question what lesbianism meant to her. 
    “I recognized that it gave meaning and purpose to my life,” Woning said. "… And so, before the Lord, I began analyzing what that meant and why it was so challenging for me, such a letdown, to be just a woman.”
    Woning spent about 18 months trying to understand “the character of God and where I fit in that,” she said. “And the Lord was able to displace my sense of belonging as a lesbian with my sense of belonging as a daughter of God.” 
    Today, Woning co-leads the Changed Movement, a Christian organization that works with people who are seeking to leave the homosexual lifestyle or who are struggling with same-sex attraction.
    Woning joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to share her story and to talk about the LGBTQ agenda. 
    Also on today’s show, we discuss tennis star Naomi Osaka’s decision to drop out of the 2021 French Open. And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”
    Be sure to check out the documentary telling Cynthia and Margaret Oneal Monteleone story here.
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    • 46 min

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