What is the Women Podcasters in Solidarity initiative?
Women Podcasters in Solidarity is a collective of women podcasters who have made a pledge to build awareness and funds for social justice through their podcasting platforms. This is a twice-yearly, ongoing initiative with the first focus being on Anti-Racism and the Movement for Black Lives, and the second on Gun Safety with an Intersectional Lens.
Women Podcasters in Solidarity was founded by Julie Neale, a mom to two boys (5 and 13), a life and leadership coach, founder of Mother’s Quest and the Mother’s Quest Podcast and a white woman of privilege stepping into activism and advocacy with positive intent, a desire to listen and to learn, and willingness to make mistakes.
After a series of conversations with her friend Jenjii Hysten over the last year about what it is like for her as a black mother raising two black boys, and witnessing haunting videos (one of Philando Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Phillips and her daughter in the back of a police car after his death and the other of black parents having the “talk” with their children about what to do if stopped by police), Julie decided she could no longer stay safe and silent, and she needed to do something. She also realized that as a podcaster she could use her platform to raise awareness, dollars, and her own understanding to make a difference.
The Women Podcasters in Solidarity Initiative was born after Julie realized that if she could make this commitment, perhaps other women podcasters would as well. Sure enough, as Julie began inviting others to participate, more and more women said “yes!” The first to say “yes” was her friend, fellow podcaster, and promotions extraordinaire Cristin Downs, of The Notable Woman, who has since agreed to publicize the impact of the initiative’s collective efforts.
The Women Podcasters in Solidarity
Alexa Haddock Bigwarfe
Kelly Jepson Covert
Megan Ann Hall
Sage BarberSmith Hobbs
Rigette G. Osoteo