41 episodes

At FemmSouth we have a mission.

We believe that through feminist theory, through a comprehensive study of women's history, and through current dialogue women can transform and heal.

We seek to demystify the feminist movement, with grass-roots, community building and local empowering efforts.

We aim to give voice to Southern women in unifying and connecting all sides of the global women's movement.

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    • 4.9 • 32 Ratings

At FemmSouth we have a mission.

We believe that through feminist theory, through a comprehensive study of women's history, and through current dialogue women can transform and heal.

We seek to demystify the feminist movement, with grass-roots, community building and local empowering efforts.

We aim to give voice to Southern women in unifying and connecting all sides of the global women's movement.

    Episode 21: Financial Feminism Part I

    Episode 21: Financial Feminism Part I

    This episode is the first of a two-part series exploring financial feminism and impact investing in women. In this first episode, we consider several definitions for the term financial feminism. We explore the barriers women face with finances and investing in a post-pandemic world and examine whether we can actually know if our investments are closing the gender wage gap and securing women a seat at the table. Beyond economics, how do we know our investments are working towards the type of change women care about, i.e., structures and practices in businesses and corporations that do not favor women or support true diversity? How can we put our time and money to work for the changes we want to see in the world?

    My special guests are Roselyn C. Spaan and Kaitlin “Kat” Williams. Roselyn is a financial advisor who attended Southern California with a full-ride scholarship to study microbiology and philosophy. After graduating she minimalized her life down to her motorcycle and RV, living “free” off the land. Ironically, these experiences led her to understand that her disdain for the monetary system was rooted in ignorance of the rules and “cheat codes” of the game of capitalism. As an advisor, she now equips others with financial literacy and the know-how to become financially independent. Kat works as a credit risk assurance officer for a national U.S. based bank, working in portfolio and enterprise risk management review. She’s a published writer, poet, performance artist, and a Foray Leader for the Alabama Mushroom Society. As a disclaimer, neither of my guests speak on behalf of a company, nor do they provide specific financial advice.

    We hope that this episode provides some food for thought and further exploration into the discussion of financial feminism and related topics. Part II will dive deeper into impact investing.

    A few links that were mentioned in the podcast are –
    https://www.ellevest.com and https://equileap.com and https://www.clevergirlfinance.com

    • 59 min
    2022 Kick Off Podcast Episode

    2022 Kick Off Podcast Episode

    For this kick off episode, I have asked two of my favorite FemmSouth bookclub members and podcast guests, Shannon Fountain and Kadine Christie, to discuss their successes, joys, and transitions over the last few months. Kadine, a published local author, has been birthing a new book and shares the ups and downs of transitioning into full-time writing. Shannon discusses balancing motherhood and a new relationship with the increasing demands of pharmaceutical work during a pandemic. What we all seem to have in common is embracing the in-between of mid-life transitional periods. From kids getting ready for college, to discovering our next creative endeavors, we are all seeking assurance that we are indeed on the right path.

    We also look at arch of the bookclub community over the last six years, along with some of the new topics, books, and events on our agenda for this upcoming year.
    This episode is a short and sweet taste of what is to come.

    • 39 min
    EP 20 Part II: Music & Writing For Healing With Jolene Thibodeaux

    EP 20 Part II: Music & Writing For Healing With Jolene Thibodeaux

    Jolene @_thibodeaux_ is a local singer, songwriter, poet, and published author. Her writing and music draw from her experiences growing up in Alabama and time spent with her father in the Pacific Northwest. She is a rich and down-to-earth storyteller with imagery steeped in rural living and a passion for nature.

    In this episode, Jolene talks about growing up surrounded by poetry both in words and actions. A debilitating spinal injury she suffered as a child opened her to poetry and music as healing arts. Throughout her life she has existed in spaces of rhyme and rhythm to treat pain and promote healing during a near death experience and a more recent comma from which she is still recovering.

    Jolene also shares her current project to recover and reproduce traditional southern and indigenous lullabies. Lullabies, she says, "can be very dark..." When times are difficult, like during a pandemic, singing to your baby can be a "space where you can be allowed to emote some of the things that are happening."

    You will not want to miss Jolene reading three original poems and performing a lullaby she wrote for her daughter. True to southern gothic form, Jolene gleaned the lyrics for the lullaby from a love note written by her grandfather to her grandmother that were scrawled on the back of a Rules and Regulation Handbook for coalminers over 85 years ago.

    You can gain access to her poetry, books, and music at bbroyal.org/artists/jolene-thibodeaux.

    • 50 min
    EP 20 Music & Writing for Healing with Haley Harkin

    EP 20 Music & Writing for Healing with Haley Harkin

    We have a new episode release and a very special musical guest, Haley Harkin! Haley is a singer/songwriter of folk medicine music from Austin, Texas.  She joins us to continue our discussion of Women Healers, focusing specifically on writers, poets, and songwriters that use their craft for healing.  In this episode, Haley shares her early struggles with insecurity and anxiety, and how her ability to write songs and perform in front of an audience came after working with plant medicines in ceremony.  Writing lyrics and playing music has been for Haley a journey of transformation.  After five years of receiving the medicine and putting herself in vulnerable situations on stage, her voice finally opened and allowed her to become what she considers a conduit for healing lyrics and rhythms that she now shares with others.  

    Haley's soothing voice is an invitation to call on nature, the feminine divine, internal creativity, and intuition to activate our own healing powers.  She shares a live performance of two of her songs, Child and Beauty, which you can purchase on her website, https://haleyharkin.bandcamp.com/

    We hope that you love her music as much as we do!  

    You can also find Haley on Instagram @haleyharkin along with her other sites:

    https://open.spotify.com/artist/4NVY9moD4gj1RJpVfWgz5S

    https://www.patreon.com/haleyharkin

    https://www.facebook.com/haleyharkin

    • 49 min
    EP 19 Part IV with Pamela Smith

    EP 19 Part IV with Pamela Smith

    In the final episode of our Women Healers series, we are circling back to birth work to talk with our special guest, Pamela Smith, one of the founding members of the Farm community in Summertown,Tennessee. 

    Pamela tells the story of joining Steven, Ina May Gaskin and the 200+  caravan in 1970 that eventually becomes the Farm community in TN that develops one of the most influential midwifery centers for natural childbirth along with pre & post natal care for mothers, babies, and their families.  The Farm midwives regard child birth as an empowering experience for women, and they provided natural, home births during a time when midwifery was illegal in many states, including Alabama.  Pamela gave birth to her first son on the Farm (shown on the cover) with the help of Ina May Gaskin and the Farm midwives, which began her journey into birth work and her first birth and postpartum doula service in Boulder Colorado.

    Join us as we discuss the many doors natural childbirth opened for Pamela to become a birth worker, an end of life caregiver, community educator, and grassroots organizer.  Together with her partner, Bob Zellner, Pamela continues to raise the collective consciousness by healing racial and genocidal history. They support youth leaders and grassroots organizations who are building respect for differences of race, gender, religion, and ideology.  Pamela is another example of healers at the forefront of change. 

    You can contact Pamela at http://smithzellner.consulting/
    You can contact the Farm Midwives at http://thefarmmidwives.org/

    Intro & Altro music by Emily Ellis Richards
    Altro music by Emily Stuckey Sellers

    • 59 min
    EP 19 Part III: Special Guests Firestar & Brightheart

    EP 19 Part III: Special Guests Firestar & Brightheart

    Ep 19 Part III of Women Healers with Firestar & Brightheart

    “Midwifing the soul into wellness” is Firestar’s poetic description of her practice of shamanic healing.  Like our previous class of Women Healers, shamanism is a special calling and an undertaking with a long, rich tradition that spans many cultures across the globe. 

    In Part III, our special guests are Firestar and Brightheart, two healers that use psychedelic mushrooms and other plant medicines for individual and group healing ceremonies.  Being immersed in both clinical psychotherapy and indigenous healing traditions, Firestar and Brightheart discuss the dichotomy of language around their practice.  Finding a language and a culture that feels authentic and less hierarchical than traditional shamanic practices is important because their purpose is to guide those they help towards their own healing powers.  

    Firestar and Brightheart  explain how they give special attention to set and setting, creating a fluid, relational connection with the medicine. As Brightheart says, “when you start the conversation with the natural world, its not just one conversation…you are just starting the relationship with this plant” that develops a much deeper connection to a sacred and intuitive healing power.   

    Plant-based psychedelics are breaking new grounds in mental health and will hopefully continue to push us towards a brighter future, one where we are more connected to nature.  

    Cover artist @Harelyandj or www.harleyandj.com
    Intro & Altro music by Emily Ellis Richards
    Altro music by Emily Stuckey Sellers

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

CallMeBigPharma ,

Fertile ground

I learn SO MUCH from every episode. Thank you to Leigh for bringing awareness of feminism to small town Alabama - and letting the rest of the country know that feminism is alive in the Deep South!

heart glow ,

Must listen

This podcast is a must subscribe for anyone who struggles to understand centuries of patriarchy and oppression, and how great female writers, iconic to obscure, have grappled with creating a better world. Leigh is passionate, interested, and gives authentic women the platform to speak about how these issues continue to play out in southern United States society and culture.

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Femm

Any feminist podcast is good. Also bux3000 there religion and color don’t matter.

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