Fierce Girls

32 EpisodesProduced by ABC Radio

From athletes to aviators, scientists to spies. 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!" You know what they are? The… read more

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Irene Szoeke – the girl who was born in a prison

March 22nd, 2019


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 …

Andrea Hah – the girl who climbed big rocks

March 15th, 2019


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 …

Sam Kerr – the girl who became a football superstar

March 8th, 2019


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 …

INTRODUCING – Fierce Girls Series 3

February 27th, 2019


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 …

PRESENTS — school holiday listening

December 6th, 2018


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

Margaret Olley — the girl who painted masterpieces

November 29th, 2018


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 …

Julia Gillard — the girl who became Australian Prime Minister

November 22nd, 2018


At school Julia Gillard’s least favourite subject was Home Economics. The teachers told her she’d need it one day, but Julia …

Helen Reddy — the girl who roared

November 15th, 2018


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, …

Veena Sahajwalla — the girl who turned trash into treasure

November 8th, 2018


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 …

Pam O’Neill — the girl who broke through horse racing barriers

November 1st, 2018


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

PRESENTS — the Fierce Girls competition

October 30th, 2018


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

Gabi Hollows — the girl who helped others see

October 25th, 2018


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 …

Susan Alberti — the girl who kicked the biggest goal

October 18th, 2018

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 …

Layne Beachley — the girl who ruled the waves

October 11th, 2018


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

Evonne Goolagong Cawley — the girl who conquered Wimbledon

October 11th, 2018


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

Lillian Armfield — the girl who fought the baddies

October 11th, 2018


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

INTRODUCING — new episodes of Fierce Girls

October 2nd, 2018


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

PRESENTS — Animal Sound Safari

September 7th, 2018


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 …

PRESENTS — Short & Curly

June 27th, 2018


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

PRESENTS — the big announcement

May 8th, 2018


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

May 1st, 2018


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 …

Edith Cowan — the girl who changed the rules

April 24th, 2018


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 …

Nancy Bird-Walton — the girl who loved to fly

April 17th, 2018


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 …

Daisy Bindi — the girl who fought for more

April 10th, 2018


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 …

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

April 3rd, 2018


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 …

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

March 27th, 2018


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 …

Ronni Kahn — the girl who fed the hungry

March 20th, 2018


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 …

Cathy Freeman — the girl who ran fast

March 13th, 2018


As a little girl, Catherine Freeman had one dream — to go to the Olympic Games. Luckily, she could run fast. Really fast. So …

Jessica Watson — the girl who sailed around the world

March 6th, 2018


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 …

Louise Sauvage — the girl who was unstoppable

March 6th, 2018


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

Nancy Wake — the girl who spied

March 6th, 2018


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 …

INTRODUCING — Fierce Girls

February 21st, 2018


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 …

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