Women and Radio is a podcast that challenges the limiting beliefs we hold about gender, race, sexual orientation, family, and work using personal narratives and the latest research. Women and Radio follows a tightly edited, narrative-driven format designed to answer a central question or issue.
I’m Donna Cleveland, the host of this podcast. Growing up in a somewhat conservative small town in the Midwest, I incorporate my own personal struggles and let listeners in on my process of shedding oppressive ideas that I’ve internalized. This project fuses two of my greatest passions—feminism and journalism. A longtime friend and I came up with the idea to start this podcast in 2016 after falling in love with NPR’s Invisibilia, a podcast that skillfully incorporates intimate storytelling with scientific research. We thought that if we could model our format after Invisibilia and use it to explore women’s struggle for equality, we could have something really special.
Fast forward to today, and I’ve taken on the show as a passion project. I’ll be releasing one episode every month that explores and challenges beliefs about women and their role in society. From division of labor, to sexual assault, to reproductive rights, to equality in the workplace, there are so many areas where women are getting the short end of the stick. Each episode will feature women who are willing to share their personal struggles and how they’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for their lives. Thank you so much for coming along for the ride!