The Rad Women of Forum

August 21, 2015
I had the great pleasure of being a guest on the live call-in radio show Forum, hosted by the Bay Area’s NPR affiliate, KQED (88.5 FM). Here’s a list of all the rad women we discussed!

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As a regular Forum listener, it was a thrill to be on the program! I was joined by the fantastic local journalist/doc filmmaker/poet/activist/organizer/is-there-anything-she-doesn’t-do Niema Jordan, and we were in conversation with Rachael Myrow—and tons of listeners who called, emailed, and tweeted their own rad women sheroes! You can listen to the program here, and below please find a list of (almost) all of the names that were mentioned during the show. This was a request from @swashtalks on Twitter—thanks for the suggestion, Sarah! I know I learned about a lot of fascinating women from the show and hope that others will, too. I’ve added linked where links exist—but some of the names mentioned are moms, grandmas, friends, and teachers who are super RAD—but haven’t quite made it to Wikipedia yet ;) I love that the book is generating these kinds of conversations!


Alice Eastwood

Amandla Stenberg

Amy Poehler

Amy Shumer

Anna Deveare Smith

Anna Zschokke

Bamby Salcedo

Barbara Jordan

Betty Reid Soskin

Bridgette Biddy Mason

Carol Gilligan

Chelsea Manning

Christiane Amanpour

Danica Patrick

Danielle Smith

Dolores Huerta

Donaldina Cameron

Dorothy Irene Height

Ellen Leonida

Ellen G. White

Elsbeth Newfield

Esther Gulick

Fran Riley

Gerda Lerner

Grace Lee Boggs


Harriet Tubman

Helen Carr

Isa Noyola

Dr. Janet Rowley

Jazz Jennings

Jennicet Gutierrez

Jennifer Carlomagno

Joanie Caucus

Julia Gillard

Julia Morgan

Julie Packard

Kay Kerr

Kim Gordon

Laura Jane Grace

Laverne Cox

Lucille Ball

Lynn Conway

Dr. Mae Jemison

Malala Yousafza

Margaret Chase Smith

Margaret Thatcher

Marie Curie

Marilyn Pittman

Maya Angelou


Mother Theresa

Nellie Ross

Olga Morrison

Ovida DeJulia

Planned Parenthood

Ronda Rousey

Sandra Day O’Connor

Shonda Rhimes

Sophia Yin

Susan Belau

Sylvia Earle

Sylvia McLaughlin

Terry Gross

Tig Notaro

Viola Liuzzo


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    Niema Jordan and I in studio at KQED!