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Episodes
  • Stamata Revithi and a Woman's Herstory of the Olympic Marathon

    Jul 1 2021

    In this first episode, you’ll hear the story of Stamata Revithi, the first woman marathon runner, and other women throughout the ages who fought to compete in track and field events in the Olympics.

    Join Rebel Girls for this series as they spotlight six amazing women and girls from all over the world who broke Olympic barriers, fought for their right to compete, wowed the world with their athletic talent, and left the Olympic sports arena changed for all those who came after them. Women and girls who broke the mold and became icons. Women and girls who weren’t afraid to go for the gold!

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    23 mins
  • Lis Hartel

    Jul 1 2021

    In the second episode, you’ll hear the story of Lis Hartel, the first woman Paralympian, who fought to retrain in dressage after polio left her paralyzed from the waist down.

    Join Rebel Girls for this series as they spotlight six amazing women and girls from all over the world who broke Olympic barriers, fought for their right to compete, wowed the world with their athletic talent, and left the Olympic sports arena changed for all those who came after them. Women and girls who broke the mold and became icons. Women and girls who weren’t afraid to go for the gold!

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    19 mins
  • Anita Defrantz

    Jul 1 2021

    In the third episode, you’ll hear the story of Anita Defrantz, a rower who used her position as an Olympic athlete and lawyer to stand up for what was right and fight for equality.

    Join Rebel Girls for this series as they spotlight six amazing women and girls from all over the world who broke Olympic barriers, fought for their right to compete, wowed the world with their athletic talent, and left the Olympic sports arena changed for all those who came after them. Women and girls who broke the mold and became icons. Women and girls who weren’t afraid to go for the gold!

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    20 mins

Publisher's Summary

Join Rebel Girls as they spotlight six amazing women and girls from all over the world who broke Olympic barriers, fought for their right to compete, wowed the world with their athletic talent, and left the Olympic sports arena changed for all those who came after them. Women and girls who broke the mold and became icons. Women and girls who weren’t afraid to go for the gold!

Join Rebel Girls as they spotlight six amazing women and girls from all over the world who broke Olympic barriers, fought for their right to compete, wowed the world with their athletic talent, and left the Olympic sports arena changed for all those who came after them.
©2020 Rebel Girls (P)2020 Rebel Girls

About the Performer

Ibtihaj Muhammad is an entrepreneur, activist, speaker, and Olympic medalist in fencing. A 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, five-time Senior World medalist and World Champion, in 2016 she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab. She was a three-time All American at Duke University, where she graduated with a dual major in international relations and African studies. In 2014 she launched her own clothing company, Louella, which aims to bring modest, fashionable, and affordable clothing to the US market. In 2017, Mattel announced their first hijabi Barbie, modeled in Ibtihaj’s likeness, as part of Barbie’s "Shero" line of dolls. Ibtihaj released her debut memoir in 2018, PROUD: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream. Her third book, The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab & Family, is a children’s picture story that became a New York Times best-seller.
Ibtihaj is a sports ambassador with the US Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative, and works closely with organizations like Athletes for Impact and the Special Olympics. Named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list, she is an important figure in a larger global discussion on equality and the importance of sport. Her voice continues to unite both the sports and nonsports worlds.

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Fascinating!

Absolutey fascinating stories, and the narration is divine. I had no idea about any of these stories before, but look forward to watching the Olympics this year even more than usual keeping these booty-kicking women in mind. Recommended!

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Hate that it ended with only 6!

absolutely terrific and inspiring!! please do some more!! such a beautiful and inspiring podcast for women of all ages!

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I had to delete it

The narration was horrible I had to use delete it do not recommend👎hate it

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Terrible Narrator!

She sounded like she was reading a 5th grade paper out loud in class! I would have enjoyed the book more with a better narrator!

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  • w j may
  • 10-13-21

Unnecessary background music

A real shame as the concept is brilliant - really hard to listen to.

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  • Cheryl
  • 10-24-21

Women in the Olympics

Inspiring stories, and stuff I never knew about the Olympics. well read and well written. Recommend.

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  • jo Casey
  • 10-04-21

interesting story but narrator speaks in monotone

I listened to the first episode and googled the facts as I listened. Some seem not true.
Very inspiring story but the narrater isn't very good. She speaks in a monotone so it's easy to drift off. I couldn't listen to another. She speaks like she is reading a text not like a professional narrater who adds light and shade to the story with their voice.