Feminism NOW

Passionate about modern feminist issues? Want to learn more about how today’s political, academic, and cultural leaders strive for a future of universal equality and justice? Join NOW President Christian F. Nunes in a new podcast dedicated to intersectional feminist discussions in American society as she interviews leaders in entertainment, sports, politics, and science. From conversations on constitutional equality to economic justice to reproductive rights, listeners will find new ways to learn, engage, get empowered, and have a little fun along the way.

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Quick access to the current releases.


Episode #16 – Season 2 Finale

On Feminism NOW’s last Season 2 podcast, National NOW President Christian F. Nunes reflects on her experiences as a Black woman in leadership, how the ERA is particularly critical for women of color, and why feminism requires a commitment to social justice.


Episode #15 – The Gen Z Fight for Democracy

Have you seen that one TikTok of college students protesting on campus? Have you heard the kids have canceled Starbucks? And do you know what’s wrong with ordering from Pizza Hut these days? 

In 2024, if there’s one thing older generations have learned, it’s that despite wanting to connect with younger generations, they don’t completely understand each other.

Luckily, V. Spehar, host of Under The Desk News and American Fever Dream, does understand them. Their daily dispatches from under their desk have gained them millions of followers on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. NOW National President Christian F. Nunes is sitting down this week to talk about Gen Z, how they might be different from previous generations, and how in some ways, what’s old is new again. 

Take Action NOW: https://now.org/nyf/ 

Register for the NOW Racial Justice Summit: https://now.org/rjs2024/  


Episode #14 – Affordable Childcare with Child Care Aware® of America

Why is it so hard to find a safe place for your kid while you work? When you do find that place, why does it cost 2/3rds of your paycheck? 

Childcare is expensive, but it is necessary for parents to participate fully in our democracy. 

This week, NOW National President Christian F. Nunes is having a chat with Anne Hedgepeth, Chief of Policy and Advocacy at Child Care Aware® of America. They will talk about why affordable childcare is so tough to find for so many, how childcare is a feminist issue, and what policymakers and citizens alike can do about it. 

Take Action NOW: https://now.org/action-alert-urge-members-of-congress-to-fund-wic-snap-childcare-and-rental-assistance/


Episode #13 – Gun Violence with Mom’s Demand Action

Why are parents afraid to drop kids off at school? Go to the grocery store? A concert? A church?  Gun violence.

And that’s only what makes the news — not the 81 percent of murders involving a gun, and the overall violence that falls heaviest on Black and Brown women. 

What do we do? Demand Action. 

NOW National President Christian F. Nunes sits down this week with Angela Ferrell-Zabala, the executive director of Moms Demand Action. Together, they talk over guns as a partisan issue, the commonsense policies that could save lives, and how everyone can work to reduce gun violence.


Episode #12 – LGBTQIA+ rights are a feminist issue

Conservative politicians are eager to introduce bills to “protect women and girls in sports” or stop kids from being exposed to “pornographic” content. But don’t be fooled. These bills don’t protect kids, they target and harm LGBTQIA+ youth. 

This week, NOW National President Christian F. Nunes speaks with Charlotte Clymer, a writer, communications consultant, trans activist, and military veteran, about why the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights is a feminist issue, why people are trying to target LGBTQIA+ people with so much hate, and actions people can take to help. 


Episode #12 – Raising the Wage

How much do you tip? 15% and 20 if the service is good? 20% all the time? 10%? What if you knew that 70% of tipped workers were women, and they made as little as $2.13 per hour?

This week, NOW National President Christian F. Nunes speaks with Saru Jayaraman, the co-founder, and president of One Fair Wage, about the fight for economic equality, why tipped workers in the United States are a legacy of slavery, and what we all can do to make sure everyone earns a living wage.


Episode #11 Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi

Our theme this season is “Women Leading Democracy.” And yet, lately, it feels as though our democracy itself has become fragile. Frail. In this episode, we are shoring up our strength. 

NOW National President Christian F. Nunes is thrilled to speak with Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi. She was the 52nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the first woman ever elected to the office, and the representative of the 11th district of California. She’s one of the chief architects of the Affordable Care Act and has been a strong advocate for the rights of women throughout her career. 

Christian will speak with the Speaker Emerita about the fate of democracy, the power of the vote, and what makes the democratic process strong. 

Take Action NOW: https://now.org/issues/constitutional-equality/


Episode #10 Reproductive Rights at Stake

Dobbs Supreme Court decision. Now what?

NOW National President Christian F. Nunes is pleased to speak with Heather Booth, the legendary civil rights and women’s rights activist who founded The Jane Collective, and Dr. Sophia Yen, Pandia Health, are keeping the road to reproductive freedom open.


Episode #9 Building Better in Media and Entertainment with Nicci Gilbert-Daniels

Women, particularly women of color, are all over the media and entertainment industry, from Beyoncé to Oprah. These talented, hard-working women may make the content, but do they own it? Christian F. Nunes speaks with Nicci Gilbert Daniels, the CEO of WIRF Media and founder of the From The Bottom Up Foundation. Nicci discusses the barriers that women face in media and entertainment, even after the SAG-AFTRA strike, and she shares the secret to breaking down those barriers—women-led ownership.

Grammy-nominated Nicci Gilbert-Daniels has been a leader in the entertainment industry for over 20 years, and received the 2018 “Woman Of Impact” award from BET. She is the CEO of WIRF Media (Women in Reality Film), a media company which works to change toxic film narratives about minority women. She’s also the founder of the non-profit From The Bottom Up Foundation, which works to reduce inequalities and raise awareness of issues facing women and girls of color.


Episode #8: The Fight for Reproductive Freedom with Nancy Davis, Nancy Davis Foundation & Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Federation of America

As 2023 comes to a close, we are reflecting on how far we’ve come in the fight for reproductive justice, and how far we still have to go to achieve a freer future in which every person has access to the health care they need.  This week on Feminism NOW, Christian F. Nunes speaks with two fierce advocates in the ongoing movement for reproductive rights.

Nancy Davis is an activist and leader whose personal experience being denied an abortion in Louisiana inspired her to create the Nancy Davis Foundation to support individuals who face barriers to accessing the reproductive healthcare and resources they deserve. Nancy talks about the power of personal stories in transforming policy and shares what reproductive freedom looks like to her.

Alexis McGill Johnson is president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Alexis discusses how Planned Parenthood is working to “build Roe back better” and to create lasting infrastructure to support reproductive health care across the nation, especially in states where abortion access is restricted or banned.

In an empowering conversation, Nancy and Alexis remind listeners how important it is to keep reproductive rights forefront in conversations about justice and equity as we move into a new year.


Episode #7: Real Solutions to the Childcare Crisis with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director, CEO, and Co-Founder of MomsRising

It is no surprise that we have a childcare crisis in this country. The U.S. is one of only 6 countries that doesn’t provide medical paid leave and is the only World Health Organization country with maternal deaths rising, rather than falling. The good news? A brighter future for families is possible! In this episode, Christian F. Nunes speaks with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director, CEO, and Co-Founder of MomsRising, a grassroots organization of more than a million people working to achieve economic security for families, moms, and women in the U.S. Kristin shares how changes in policy can transform the state of childcare so everyone can be supported in their decision to raise children, and how investing in families means investing in our national economy.

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is author of the book “Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World,” and host of the radio program “Breaking Through (Powered by MomsRising).” You can find out more by visiting her website.


Episode #6: Celebrating Everyday Feminists with Latanya MappFrett, the President and CEO of Global Fund for Women

What does it really mean to be a feminist? Christian F. Nunes dives into this question with Latanya MappFrett, the President and CEO of Global Fund for Women and author of “The Everyday Feminist: The Key to Sustainable Social Impact-Driving Movements We Need Now More Than Ever.” Latanya tells listeners it is the everyday feminists, the women making change in their communities across the globe, who are the key to transformative social change and the ones we need to support and stand in solidarity with. Christian and Latanya discuss intersectional and intergenerational feminism, taking back the word feminist, stepping into their power, and celebrating the women in their lives. Ms. Latanya Mapp Frett has worked in over 15 countries with non-profit organizations, United Nations agencies, governments, and foundations to advance gender justice and social equality. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global and quadrupled the size of the program in four years to become one of the most innovative and sustainable global health organizations in the field. She also worked for eight years as a human rights officer for the United Nations Children & Fund(UNICEF).

To find out more about Global Fund for Women, check out their website or follow them@GlobalFundWomen. You can follow Latanya @LatanyaFrett on X (formerly Twitter) and@LatanyaMapp on Instagram.


Episode #5: Building Coalitions for Social Change with Leslie R. Hinkson, Chief Officer of Racial Justice and Equity for the League of Conservation Voters, and Zakiya Thomas, President and CEO of the Fund for Women’s Equality and the ERA Coalition

What does it take to drive social change and shift paradigms towards equality?

Wednesday on Feminism NOW, Christian F. Nunes talks with two changemakers working to build inclusive coalitions and advance justice for marginalized groups. Zakiya Thomas, President and CEO of the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition discusses the importance of the ERA for securing rights for all people regardless of sex. Next, Christian chats with Leslie Hinkson, Chief Officer of Racial Justice and Equity for the League of Conservation Voters about her work to promote intersectionality, racial justice, and equity within the climate justice movement.

Zakiya Thomas is President and CEO of the Fund for Women’s Equality and the ERA Coalition, which represents 80 million people across 280 diverse organizations all united under the goal of advancing sex equality.  As a political strategist, Zakiya works to shift how people communicate their issues in order to foster greater collaboration and connection within coalitions.

Hello. Today is the most amazing day. It is sunny outside and there is a slight breeze. The ocean sweet smell of kelp and salt are in the air. After work today we will go down to the beach to put our feet in the sand. 

Hello. Today is the most amazing day. It is sunny outside and there is a slight breeze. The ocean sweet smell of kelp and salt are in the air. After work today we will go down to the beach to put our feet in the sand. 

Hello. Today is the most amazing day. It is sunny outside and there is a slight breeze. The ocean sweet smell of kelp and salt are in the air. After work today we will go down to the beach to put our feet in the sand. 

Hello. Today is the most amazing day. It is sunny outside and there is a slight breeze. The ocean sweet smell of kelp and salt are in the air. After

Dr. Leslie R. Hinkson is the Chief Officer of Racial Justice and Equity for the League of Conservation Voters, where she is responsible for helping create and implement an overarching vision for racial justice and equity at LCV – both at the programmatic and operational levels – that works to ensure the organization honors its commitments to be a diverse, antiracist, equitable, and inclusive organization.

Hello. Today is the most amazing day. It is sunny outside and there is a slight breeze. The ocean sweet smell of kelp and salt are in the air. After work today we will go down to the beach to put our feet in the sand. 

Hello. Today is the most amazing day. It is sunny outside and there is a slight breeze. The ocean sweet smell of kelp and salt are in the air. After work today we will go down to the beach to put our feet in the sand. 

Hello. Today is the most amazing day. It is sunny outside and there is a slight breeze. The ocean sweet smell of kelp and salt are in the air. After work today we will go down to the beach to put our feet in the sand. 

Hello. Today is the most amazing day. It is sunny outside and there is a slight breeze. The ocean sweet smell of kelp and salt are in the air.


Episode #4 – Get Out The Vote! with LaTosha Brown

It’s November, and that means it’s time to get out the vote. Christian F. Nunes talks with the award-winning organizer, political strategist, and Black Renaissance woman LaTosha Brown about her work organizing and empowering Black and marginalized voters across the U.S. Black Voters Matter Fund played a crucial role in increasing voter turnout in the 2020 US Senate election in Georgia to turn the state Blue. Nunes and Brown discuss effective organizing strategies, how to boost political resilience and agency, and why positive change is still happening at a grassroots level, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.

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Episode #3 – Violence Against Black Women with Dr. Brittany Lewis

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and host Christian F. Nunes talks with Dr. Brittany Lewis about some disturbing statistics: there are 60,000 missing Black women and girls in this county, and Black women are more than twice as likely as their peers to be victims of homicide.

Nunes and Lewis discuss the systemic racism behind the disproportionate rates of violence Black women and girls face in the US. Hello. Today is the most amazing day. It is sunny outside and there is a slight breeze. The ocean sweet smell of kelp and salt are in the air. After work today we will go down to the beach to put our feet in the sand. Hello. Today is the most amazing day. It is sunny outside and there is a slight breeze.


Episode #2 – “Our Work is Never Over” with Alyssa Milano

Feeling overwhelmed by the never-ending work of activism in our world? You’re not alone. On this episode of Feminism NOW, host Christian F. Nunes talks with Alyssa Milano about using her platform as a celebrity to affect positive change and amplify important issues, the illusion of work-life balance, staying present in the moment as a practice in mindfulness, celebrating small wins, and the importance of intersectional practices in working towards true equality.