Fierce Girls

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.

You know what they?are? They're?FIERCE.???

And these are their stories.?

Join?the amazing Turia?Pitt, Lisa Wilkinson, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Pearson, Leah Purcell and more, as they tell the inspiring tales of some of Australia's most extraordinary women.?

Irene Szoeke – the girl who was born in a prison

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 grew, Irene worked hard and asked big questions. So when an amazing new invention came to her work — a computer — Irene was the perfect person for the job.

Written and narrated by eight-year-old Ariana Szoeke-Campbell.

6mins 21secs
  • Andrea Hah – the girl who climbed big rocks

    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 just had to put her strength to the ultimate test.

    Written and narrated by thirteen-year-old Lily Geach.

    9mins 10secs
  • Sam Kerr – the girl who became a football superstar

    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 make it big on the international stage? Practice. And more practice. Sam did so much practice she became the youngest person to ever represent Australia in football.

    Written and narrated by nine-year-old Maia Kelly.

    8mins 49secs
  • INTRODUCING – Fierce Girls Series 3

    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.

    1min 32secs
  • PRESENTS — school holiday listening

    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 Short & Curly for some brain bending ethics!

    4mins 42secs
  • Margaret Olley — the girl who painted masterpieces

    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. Margaret became one of Australia’s most loved artists and her paintings are famous around the world.

    Narrated by actor and producer Deborra-lee Furness.

    13mins 31secs
  • Julia Gillard — the girl who became Australian Prime Minister

    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 her mind firmly set on a career. First she was a lawyer, then a politician and later she became Australia’s first female Prime Minister.

    Narrated by author and journalist Tracey Spicer.

    22mins 14secs
  • Helen Reddy — the girl who roared

    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 chord and became an anthem for women around the world.

    Narrated by conservationist Madison Stewart, aka Shark Girl.

    21mins
  • Veena Sahajwalla — the girl who turned trash into treasure

    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 into treasure. Narrated by the host of Behind The News Amelia Moseley.

    15mins 13secs

Resources

  • BTN teaching resource

    A guide for students to explore and understand the experiences of democracy of women by planning and creating their own podcast about a topic of their choice.

Videos

  • Jessica Watson

    Crashing her boat into a ship didn’t stop Jessica Watson! The brave sailor pushed her fear aside and made it her mission to sail around the world all on her own.

  • Louise Sauvage

    Being born with one leg trapped under your body and the other over your shoulder would stop many people. But not Louise Sauvage!

  • Nancy Wake

    Nancy Wake was turned back from serving on the front line during World War II — but that didn't stop her. The secret agent was nicknamed the “White Mouse”, and she helped many people escape the Nazi’s clutches.

  • Cathy Freeman

    Cathy Freeman had a dream as a kid — to go to the Olympic Games! Not only did she go, but she became the first Aboriginal Australian to win an individual Olympic gold medal — blitzing everyone in the 400m in Sydney.

  • Ronnie Kahn

    Meet the foodie Robin Hood! Ronni Kahn is known as the queen of leftovers, moving mountains to stop everyone from wasting perfectly edible food. She’s saved 80 million meals.

More podcasts

  • Animal Sound Safari

    Animal Sound Safari takes your ears around the world to discover the weird and wacky histories us humans have with animals.

  • BTN - Behind The News

    BTN is bringing you the news, with high-energy daily updates for kids of all ages perfect for the classroom and on the drive home from school.

  • Imagine This

    Big ideas for little ones.

  • Short & Curly

    A fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents, with questions and ideas to really get you thinking.