#27: How Indigenous Women Farmers Can Fight Climate Change
Katie Breen
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November 2, 2017

This episode explores how women farmers are both the most vulnerable to climate change and also the most prepared to stop it. Katie interviews Rachael Cox, CEO of EarthEmpower, a social and environmental enterprise focused on empowering women farmers in rural Guatemala and southern Mexico to use their traditional farming practices to adapt to climate change.

Rachael describes her organization's unconventional development approach that empowers indigenous women to use their communities' centuries-old farming and conservation practices to safeguard against the threats of climate change while fostering economic development.

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Liked the episode? Read on for Rachael's recommended reading! Links below:

- Quick facts on the gender gap in agriculture, from the FAO

- Gender Inequality in Agriculture Finance 

- Gender gaps in agricultural extension -

- Amazing article on the importance of considering gender in climate change 

#26: The Modern Answer to "Where Do Babies Come From?"
Katie Breen
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November 2, 2017

Katie interviews Rachel Ginocchio, an educator and activist aiming to change the age-old conversation around "where babies come from." Today, less than half of all U.S. families have a married mom and dad raising their genetically related children. Rachel founded an organization called Roads to Family in order to start more inclusive conversations about the many ways that children and families are made in the modern age - whether through divorce and remarriage, adoption, IVF, surrogacy, gay parents, foster care, single parents, transgender families, or some other arrangement.  Katie and Rachel discuss why it's time we update how we teach our kids about human reproduction, and how we can start doing so. 

#25: Policy Imperatives for Latino and Immigrant Rights and Reproductive Justice in 2018
Katie Breen
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November 2, 2017

Katie interviews Karla Gonzales Garcia, the Policy and Program Director of the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR). Karla describes the work of COLOR, the meaning of reproductive justice, and the public policy issues on COLOR's legislative agenda for 2018. She also explains the ways in which public policies that affect us all (such as paid family leave and affordable healthcare access) uniquely impact Latino and immigrant communities. Lastly, Katie and Karla offer a call to action for listeners to get involved in their state and local politics during this very important year in American politics.

Bonus: Karla also shouts out the awesome work of other Colorado organizations fighting for paid family leave and affordable healthcare access, like 9to5 Colorado and the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI)! 

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#24: How Menstrual Hygiene Impacts Girls Across the World
Katie Breen
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November 2, 2017

Katie interviews Chiara Bercu, an expert in menstrual health who has worked on adolescent education programs in developing countries across the globe to help prepare students for puberty and menarche. Chiara describes the obstacles to and impact of menstrual hygiene on girls around the world, including the drastic effects that a lack of menstrual hygiene can have on girls' school performance, self confidence, and overall wellbeing. She discusses effective interventions for improving menstrual health and hygiene of girls in developing nations, as well as how taboos surrounding women's periods differ in various countries around the world. Lastly, Katie and Chiara discuss ways in which we can all combat stigma surrounding periods, regardless of where we live.

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#23: WTF is Mindful Birth?
Katie Breen
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November 2, 2017

Katie interviews Rebecca Peterson, a childbirth mentor who helps parents prepare for labor through birth preparation classes and prenatal yoga. Rebecca explains what it means to mindfully prepare for childbirth, how parents can explore their unique desires for the birth of their babies, and why it is important for parents to be solution-focused rather outcome-focused when it comes to childbirth (spoiler alert: your "birth plan" might go awry - and that's okay). In the interview, Katie and Rebecca also discuss birth shaming and how language plays a role in how parents view childbirth. In particular, they discuss the stigma surrounding Cesareans and medical pain relief (like epidurals), and how we can reframe the conversation to combat these taboos and support mothers - no matter what their childbirth journey looks like.

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