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Fierce Girls

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From skaters to singers, mountaineers to Mars mission-leaders. From the deep blue sea to the dark, black skies. Australia is full of girls who dare to do things differently. Adventurous girls. Girls with guts and spirit. Girls who stand-up and say, "watch out world, here I come!". Do you know what t… read more

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NAIDOC - Faith Thomas: the girl who became the first indigenous person to play cricket for Australia

June 29th, 2022

11:29

Faith Thomas grew up throwing rocks at galahs. She'd only been playing proper cricket for a couple of weeks before she was picked to represent South Australia. Her phenomenal stats made headlines. So, it was no great …

NAIDOC - Yukultji Napangati: the girl who made her world shimmer

June 29th, 2022

15:45

Yukultji Napangati grew up with no contact with the outside world. Just her and her family, living on a shimmery salt lake. She learned how to live …

NAIDOC - Queenie McKenzie: the girl who became a living treasure

June 29th, 2022

14:55

Queenie McKenzie grew up on a cattle station, staying away from the grasps of the authorities, who would take Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander …

NAIDOC - Oodgeroo Noonuccal: the girl who fought for the rights of her people

June 29th, 2022

13:38

When Kath Ruska's dad told her white people would never recognise Aboriginal culture, she hoped he was wrong. She became a famous poet, using her pen …

NAIDOC - Mary Ann Bugg: the girl who became a fierce bushranger

June 29th, 2022

12:42

Mary Ann Bugg was an Aboriginal woman who became a savvy bushranger and accomplice to Captain Thunderbolt. She was the bushranger's spy, riding ahead …

NAIDOC - Molly Kelly: the girl who followed the rabbit-proof fence home

June 29th, 2022

8:21

Molly Kelly had a white father and an Aboriginal mother and was just a young girl when she was taken from her home.
She was stolen from her family and …

NAIDOC - Daisy Bindi: the girl who fought for more

June 29th, 2022

15:37

Daisy Bindi couldn't understand why her boss paid wages to the white workers, but not to her. She was no different to them. And neither were all the …

INTRODUCING - Fierce Girls Celebrates NAIDOC Week

June 24th, 2022

3:18

Fierce Girls is celebrating First Nations women who Get Up! Stand Up and Show Up! As Australia celebrates NAIDOC week in July, we're putting the …

Mum Shirl - the girl who became a mum to thousands

April 4th, 2022

18:44

Coleen Shirley Perry had a heart of gold. So when she went to visit her brother in jail, she saw something that few people saw. Instead of seeing …

Meru Sheel - the girl who is a disease detective

March 28th, 2022

14:14

If you saw an infectious disease outbreak, would you run far, far away? Dr Meru Sheel runs towards it. Meru grew up in India, where diseases like …

Melanie Perkins - The girl who created a unicorn

March 21st, 2022

18:33

Ever wanted to change the world? Melanie Perkins did — she just needed the right problem to solve. Then it hit her. She tutored university students …

Daphne Hilton (Ceeney) - the girl who dominated the Paralympics

March 14th, 2022

17:55

A terrible horse-riding accident left teenager Daphne Ceeney paraplegic. Doctors told her there was nothing they could do and sent her home with no …

Valerie Taylor - the girl who swam with sharks

March 7th, 2022

18:07

Would you willingly put your arm in a shark's mouth? Valerie Taylor did. She was a pioneering shark conservationist who believed sharks are friends, …

INTRODUCING - Fierce Girls Season 8

March 1st, 2022

1:29

From the underwater adventurers of the past, to the disease experts of the future, Australia is FULL of girls who dare to do things differently. Fierce Girls is back for another season, starting International Women's …

Nora Heysen - the girl who never stopped painting

October 10th, 2021

13:36

Nora Heysen wasn’t the only talented artist in the family. As a young woman, her painting was extraordinary, but she could never get out from the …

Mirka Mora - the girl who painted the town red

October 10th, 2021

13:54

As a child, Mirka Mora narrowly escaped being sent to a death camp just for being Jewish. The faces of the people she left behind would haunt her …

Yukultji Napangati - the girl who made her world shimmer

October 10th, 2021

15:47

Yukultji Napangati grew up with no contact with the outside world. Just her and her family, living on a shimmery salt lake. She learned how to live …

Marion Mahony Griffin - the girl who designed her dream city

October 10th, 2021

13:49

Marion Mahony Griffin grew up in the best kind of playground – nature. Her home was a log cabin in the woods, where she was able to run wild, climb trees, and spend time entertaining guests.

Queenie McKenzie - the girl who became a living treasure

October 10th, 2021

14:45

Queenie McKenzie grew up on a cattle station, staying away from the grasps of the authorities, who would take Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander …

INTRODUCING - Fierce Girls Season 7

October 6th, 2021

1:38

Can you name a famous Australian artist? This season of Fierce Girls, we’re brushing up on some fierce women of the art world! So this International Day Of The Girl Child, October 11, you’ll hear the stories of five …

Jean Robertson and Kathleen Howell - the girls who drove into the history books

May 9th, 2021

16:20

Jean Robertson learnt to drive almost as soon as her feet could touch the pedals — and then she taught her bestie Kathleen Howell to do the same.
The …

Julia Gillard - the girl who became Australian Prime Minister

May 2nd, 2021

21:40

This year marks 100 years since the first woman was elected in parliament in Australia. To celebrate, we're bringing back some of our favourite …

Edith Cowan - the girl who changed the rules

April 25th, 2021

11:16

This year marks 100 years since the first woman was elected in parliament in Australia. To celebrate, we're bringing back some of our favourite …

Andrea Boyd - the girl who became the voice of space

April 18th, 2021

15:11

Andrea Boyd grew up loving the science fiction series Star Trek. And when she wasn't at school, conducting science experiments or staring at the TV, …

Caroline Buchanan - the story of the girl who became a world champion BMX bandit

April 11th, 2021

14:20

Caroline Buchanan rode in her first big international BMX race when she was nine, waving to the crowd, soaring down hills, gliding through the air. …

Faith Thomas - the girl who became the first Indigenous person to play cricket for Australia

April 4th, 2021

11:36

Faith Thomas grew up throwing rocks at galahs. She'd only been playing proper cricket for a couple of weeks before she was picked to represent South Australia.

Her phenomenal stats made headlines. So, it was no great …

Faith Thomas - the girl who became the first Indigenous person to play cricket for Australia

April 4th, 2021

11:36

Faith Thomas grew up throwing rocks at galahs. She'd only been playing proper cricket for a couple of weeks before she was picked to represent South Australia.
Her phenomenal stats made headlines. So, it was no great …

Nyadol Nyuon - the girl who gave refugees a voice

March 28th, 2021

17:03

Nyadol Nyuon's family is from South Sudan, but she was born in a refugee camp.
Every night she prayed that her family could move to Australia. And, …

Madeline Stuart - the girl who conquered the modelling world

March 21st, 2021

17:09

When Madeline Stuart was 17, her mum took her to a fashion parade where most of the models seemed to fit a tall, thin, predictable box.
Maddy was born with Down Syndrome, a condition that means she has an extra …

Celeste Barber - the girl whose photos took the world by storm

March 14th, 2021

17:44

Even as a young girl, Celeste Barber always had a funny story that would make everyone laugh out loud.
Celeste dreamed of starring in a TV comedy …

Celeste Barber - the girl whose photos took the world by storm

March 14th, 2021

17:44

Even as a young girl, Celeste Barber always had a funny story that would make everyone laugh out loud.

Celeste dreamed of starring in a TV comedy …

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - the girl who fought for the rights of Indigenous Australians

March 7th, 2021

14:38

When Kath Ruska's dad told her white people would never recognise Aboriginal culture, she hoped he was wrong. She became a famous poet, using her pen …

Ash Barty - the girl who became number one

September 27th, 2020

8:18

Whack! Ash Barty was four years old when she hit a powerful shot at the head of her tennis coach. He said she wasn’t old enough to play but he saw …

Catherine Hamlin - the girl who helped the women that no one else would

September 27th, 2020

8:19

When a woman has a baby, sometimes things can go wrong. When you are in a poor country, those things often don't get fixed.
Dr Catherine Hamlin saw these women needed help and decided to do something about it. She …

Nova Peris - the girl who won gold in two sports then got elected to parliament

September 27th, 2020

8:36

You know those girls who are great at sport? That was Nova. She practised hockey endlessly in her backyard until one day she became the first …

Dorothea MacKellar - the girl who wrote poems and broke all the rules

September 27th, 2020

7:33

Dorothea loved to write. So much, that she would write stories and poems in her own secret code. She had a passion for the beauty of the Australian …

Rhiannan Iffland - the girl who overcame her fears and became a world champion cliff diver

September 27th, 2020

11:28

Have you ever stood on a 10m diving board and peered down? It's a long way. Rhiannan Iffland, world champion cliff diver, leaps off at least double …

Adelaide Miethke - the girl who used radio to teach kids from the bush

September 27th, 2020

7:29

Asthma stopped Adelaide Miethke from playing outside with other kids. She felt alone and trapped. So when she grew up and became a teacher, she had …

INTRODUCING - Fierce Girls Series 5

September 20th, 2020

1:53

We asked you to send us stories of your Fierce Girls, and a mountain of magnificent stories hit our inbox! So this International Day of the Girl Child, October 11, you’ll hear six inspiring stories written by Fierce …

PRESENTS - Mackaroy Uncovered

June 26th, 2020

2:57

We wanted to share a new podcast from the ABC that we think you'll love. In the quiet Australian country town of Mackaroy, something really strange …

PRESENTS - The Fierce Girls competition is back!

March 7th, 2020

2:01

Would you like to be part of Fierce Girls? Well...get writing!
We're running a competition for our Fierce listeners and we're on the hunt for amazing …

Bindi Irwin - the girl who is fighting to save the planet

December 5th, 2019

17:51

Bindi was only eight-years-old when she said goodbye to her hero, her dad — Steve Irwin. She did it in front of millions of people all over the world …

Fanny Finch - the girl who voted

November 28th, 2019

14:34

Fanny Finch was an orphan who ended up in Castlemaine during the Victorian goldrush. She was a single mother of four, and a savvy businesswoman who …

Jackie French - the girl with dyslexia who became a famous author

November 21st, 2019

16:50

Jackie French could read entire novels by the time she was three years old. But when she arrived at school, letters appeared back to front, and maths …

Dr Abigail Allwood - the girl who looks for life on Mars

November 14th, 2019

14:33

Abigail Allwood never thought she'd be a scientist. In fact, she was terrible at science when she was at school. Now, she is searching for life on …

Dame Nellie Melba - the girl who became the world's most famous singer

November 7th, 2019

18:19

Nellie's singing and humming around the house used to drive her dad crazy. But she always wanted to be a professional performer. She sailed to Europe to chase her dream and became the greatest opera singer in the world. …

Mary MacKillop - the girl who became a saint

October 31st, 2019

12:55

Mary MacKillop is Australia's first saint. She had a dream to educate poor kids and she fiercely stood up against powerful priests for what she …

Alyssa Azar - the girl who climbed the world's highest mountains

October 24th, 2019

15:00

When Alyssa Azar was eight-years-old, she decided she wanted to climb Mt Everest. She trained for years and years, through wind, cold, rain, and …

Mary Ann Bugg - the girl who became a fierce bushranger

October 17th, 2019

13:05

Mary Ann Bugg was an Aboriginal woman who became a savvy bushranger and accomplice to Captain Thunderbolt. Mary Ann was the bushranger's spy, riding …

Tayla Harris - the girl who kicked goals against internet trolls

October 10th, 2019

14:02

As a young girl, Tayla Harris was the only girl on the football field. It didn't stop her though, she kicked butt and fought hard for her place. Now, she's a star AFLW player and a champion boxer. But her most important …

Sabre Norris - the girl who shreds waves and skate parks

September 19th, 2019

18:15

Sabre Norris was just nine years old when she landed a skateboard trick no other Australian girl had ever done — the 540. She's not just a fierce …

Introducing - Fierce Girls series four

September 12th, 2019

3:54

What do rad surfer and skater, Sabre Norris, world-famous opera singer Dame Nellie Melba and star AFL player Tayla Harris have in common? They're …

Turia Pitt - the girl who had everything to live for

April 4th, 2019

7:16

Turia Pitt was running a 100 kilometre ultra-marathon in the outback when she was caught in a bushfire. Turia was really badly burnt, spent months in …

Molly Kelly - the girl who followed the rabbit-proof fence home

March 28th, 2019

7:34

Molly Kelly had a white father and an Aboriginal Mother and was just a young girl when she was taken from her home. She was stolen from her family …

Irene Szoeke - the girl who was born in a prison

March 21st, 2019

6:21

Irene Szoeke had an incredibly tough start to life — she was born in a prison camp during World War II. She was one of the lucky ones — Irene and her family survived the war and later found a home in Australia. As she …

Andrea Hah - the girl who climbed big rocks

March 14th, 2019

9:10

Andrea Hah started to climb some of the biggest, toughest rocks in Australia better and faster than the boys. And that’s when she knew rock climbing was the sport for her. But when Ninja Warrior came to Australia, she …

Sam Kerr - the girl who became a football superstar

March 7th, 2019

8:49

When Sam Kerr was a kid she spent hours upon hours kicking a soccer ball in the back yard of her suburban Perth house, dreaming of becoming an international football superstar. But how does an average kid from Australia …

INTRODUCING - Fierce Girls Series 3

February 26th, 2019

1:32

We asked you to send us your stories of Fierce Girls, and woah did you deliver! Next week, on International Women’s Day, you’ll hear the first of five amazing stories written by Fierce Girl listeners just like you.

PRESENTS - School Holiday Listening

December 5th, 2018

4:42

While the Fierce Girls team works on all new stories about amazing women, listen to Animal Sound Safari for incredible stories about cool animals and …

Margaret Olley - the girl who painted masterpieces

November 28th, 2018

13:31

Margaret Olley was a bit of a rebel who was often in trouble at school. But she loved to paint and found beauty in the everyday things around her. …

Julia Gillard - the girl who became Australian Prime Minister

November 21st, 2018

22:14

At school Julia Gillard’s least favourite subject was Home Economics. The teachers told her she’d need it one day, but Julia wasn’t so sure. She had …

Helen Reddy - the girl who roared

November 15th, 2018

21:00

I am woman hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore! Singer Helen Reddy was tired of hearing women sing about boyfriends and husbands, so she wrote a song about strong, independent women. Her song, I Am Woman, struck a …

Veena Sahajwalla - the girl who turned trash into treasure

November 7th, 2018

15:13

As a girl growing up in Mumbai, Veena Sahajwalla loved seeing how people reused all the rubbish. When she grew up, she became an engineer and a waste warrior determined to find new ways of turning mountains of trash …

Pam O'Neill - the girl who broke through horse racing barriers

October 31st, 2018

15:51

Pam O’Neill grew up loving horse racing. There was just one problem — girls weren’t allowed to be jockeys. Pam thought that was ridiculous, so wrote …

PRESENTS - The Fierce Girls Competition

October 30th, 2018

1:32

Would you like to be part of Fierce Girls? Well ... get writing! We're running a competition for our Fierce listeners and we're on the hunt for …

Gabi Hollows - the girl who helped others see

October 24th, 2018

15:43

When she was a kid Gabi Hollows needed an operation to fix her crossed eyes. As a grown up she kept fixing eyes — just not her own. So far Gabi has …

Susan Alberti - the girl who kicked the biggest goal

October 17th, 2018

19:55

Susan Alberti loved playing AFL when she was a kid, but had to hang up her footy boots when her dad told her it was too rough to play with the boys. …

Layne Beachley - the girl who ruled the waves

October 10th, 2018

16:59

Surfer Layne Beachley grew up when girls were expected to sit on the beach and mind the boy’s towels. Layne ignored that ridiculous rule and became …

Evonne Goolagong Cawley - the girl who conquered Wimbledon

October 10th, 2018

21:29

Evonne Goolagong Cawley's first tennis racquet was a broomstick. Her second was a wooden paddle. It didn't hold her back. Evonne became the best …

Lillian Armfield - the girl who fought the baddies

October 10th, 2018

17:33

When Lillian Armfield became a police officer in 1915, do you know what her bosses armed her with? A handbag! She caught plenty of crooks with it …

INTRODUCING - new episodes of Fierce Girls

October 1st, 2018

2:56

Fierce Girls is back for another season next week. All new stories, all new narrators, all still totally fierce.

PRESENTS - Animal Sound Safari

September 6th, 2018

2:13

New episodes of Fierce Girls are coming soon! October 11. In the meantime, check out our other 'pawdcast', Animal Sound Safari! It takes your ears around the world to hear weird and wacky stories about animals. From …

PRESENTS - Short & Curly

June 27th, 2018

3:24

Hey Fierce Girls. We've got an unreal podcast we reckon you're just gonna love - Short & Curly! It asks the curliest of questions which will …

PRESENTS - The Big Announcement

May 8th, 2018

1:45

Hey there! We've got some epic news to share with you! If you've been loving meeting all the sassy, mighty and amazing trailblazers in Fierce Girls, this is going to blow your mind!

Ruby Payne-Scott - the girl who listened to the stars

April 30th, 2018

14:48

In the 1940s when Ruby Payne Scott went to university she was the only girl in her class. Back then, you could count the number of female physicists …

Edith Cowan - the girl who changed the rules

April 23rd, 2018

10:48

When Edith Cowan was a girl, her mum died and her father was sentenced to death for murder. She knew hardship ... and it drove her to get a better deal for women and children who were then treated like second class …

Nancy Bird-Walton - the girl who loved to fly

April 16th, 2018

16:20

When she was just four years old, Nancy Bird-Walton already knew what she wanted to do with her life — fly. She saved her pocket money to pay for …

Nancy Bird-Walton - the girl who loved to fly

April 16th, 2018

16:20

When she was just four years old, Nancy Bird-Walton already knew what she wanted to do with her life — fly. She saved her pocket money to pay for …

Daisy Bindi - the girl who fought for more

April 10th, 2018

16:10

Daisy Bindi couldn't understand why her boss paid wages to the white workers, but not to her. She was no different to them. And neither were all the …

Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie - the girls who swam for gold

April 2nd, 2018

15:37

Not so long ago girls weren't allowed to swim in the same pool as boys let alone compete in the Olympics. Girls weren't even taught how to swim …

P.L Travers - the girl who dreamt up Mary Poppins

March 26th, 2018

17:10

When Pamela Lyndon Travers was a little girl her aunt came to stay. She was rather strict, but kind at heart, and carried with her a seemingly bottomless bag made of carpet. P.L Travers had the memory of this aunt …

Ronni Kahn - the girl who fed the hungry

March 19th, 2018

14:08

If there’s something that makes Ronni Kahn's blood boil, it’s seeing good food thrown on the scrap heap. Ronni is the foodie Robin Hood — she rescues tasty treats bound for the bin and gives them to the hungry. The …

Cathy Freeman - the girl who ran fast

March 12th, 2018

17:13

As a little girl, Catherine Freeman had one dream — to go to the Olympic Games. Luckily, she could run fast. Really fast. So fast, she not only went …

Jessica Watson - the girl who sailed around the world

March 5th, 2018

15:09

Everyone said 16-year-old Jessica Watson was too young to sail around the world all on her own. And when she crashed her boat into a giant ship in …

Louise Sauvage - the girl who was unstoppable

March 5th, 2018

14:20

Louise Sauvage was born with one leg trapped under and around her body, and the other up over her shoulder. Even though the lower half of her body …

Nancy Wake - the girl who spied

March 5th, 2018

13:56

What does every good spy parachuting into enemy territory need to evade capture? A handgun, a nightie, lipstick and a satin cushion of course! That’s what secret agent Nancy Wake had in her back pack when she jumped out …

INTRODUCING - Fierce Girls

February 20th, 2018

3:27

In a world where girls are fed a diet of princesses, unicorns and YouTube stars, Fierce Girls tells the real life and inspirational stories of brave, adventurous, and mighty girls and women! Like Nancy Wake the spy and …

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