Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
New episodes every other Wednesday! Get inspired by the lives of accomplished women, from artists to athletes, scientists to spys. Each episode features a different, and fascinating, world-changing woman. Melinda Gates, Jodi Kantor, Pamela Adlon and other female narrators share the adventures and stories of these historical figures.
Despite being the only woman in the room, Margaret Hamilton was able to avert disaster and maneuver the first successful American moon landing, Apollo 11.
As an avid swimmer, Yursa Mardini became a hero when she rescued a boat full of refugees and then made history competing as part of the first refugee teams in the Olympics.
Having a wood leg didn't stop Virginia Hall from becoming a spy for the Allied forces during World War II or one of the first women working at the CIA.
Maria Callas had a troubled start to her life, but grew up to be the most famous soprano in opera, stunning audiences all around the world.
She didn't just win games—national tennis champion Billie Jean King also fought for fairness: equal pay for men AND women.
From humble beginnings to being the first self-made female millionaire in America, Madam C. J. Walker built a beauty empire still around today!
Ada Lovelace became the first computer programmer when she recognize that the machines could do more than calculations.
An Irish pirate convinces the Queen of England to revisit her policies on Ireland.
Harriet Tubman, one of the greatest heroes in American history, risked her life to free hundreds of slaves.
When lakes started to dry up and streams seemed to disappear, Wangara Maathai decided to bring the forest back—planting a million trees.
World-famous artist Frida Kahlo grew up in a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City. Journey back to her childhood, and get a glimpse of the world of wonder past the entrance of her ordinary stucco home.
Her trainers thought she was too small, and she was terrified her parents would stop her, but Mary Kom sparred and trained her way to becoming the most successful boxer in India’s history.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who couldn’t be captured. Her name was Nanny. In the jungles of Jamaica, escaped slaves called Maroons live together in colonies, and “Queen Nanny,” as they called her, was one of their leaders. Helped along by her ancestors and the strength of her people, Nanny taught slaves to use the environment to their advantage and fight back. Queen Nanny’s legacy continues to inspire activists and rebels to this day.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who became a motocross champion. Her name was Ashley Fiolek. While growing up, Ashley’s parents knew their daughter loved motorcycles but did not know why she would not speak. It turned out that Ashley was completely deaf! So the whole family learned sign language and, when she was old enough, traveled around with Ashley to her motocross competitions. Though Ashley couldn’t hear the rumble of her bike, she could feel the vibrations of her engine as if the machinery were a part of her. Risking scrapes, broken bones, and worse, Ashley has the determination and the drive to make it to the finish line.
Once upon a time, there was a girl with a mighty voice. Her name was Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Though she seemed quiet and shy, Ruth is a brilliant with a quick mind and a big heart. Both then and now, she was determined to make the world a more equal place for women, men, immigrants, and people of color. Then She became a force of nature in the courtroom as a lawyer and then a judge. One day, Ruth would make history as “The Great Dissenter” on the U.S. Supreme Court and a voice for oppressed people in America.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived where snowy peaks scraped the sky. Her name was Aisholpan. For generations, Kazakh nomads raised golden eagles to hunt, and Aisholpan’s father was one of the best eagle hunters, so she asked him to teach her everything he knew. Despite the danger, she caught and trained her own eagle in the icy Altai mountains. She became the first woman to enter the Golden Eagle competition in Mongolia—and win!—inspiring female eagle hunters for years to come
Once upon a time, a girl risked everything to do what was right. Her name was Corrie. From the time she was a small child, Corrie learned two things from her parents: how to make a broken watch tick and how to care for people in need. Her family always took in those less fortunate than themselves, so when Jewish people knocked on their door asking for sanctuary, Corrie knew just what to do. Her courage saved more than 800 people from persecution during WWII
Once upon a time, a girl learned to sing before she could talk. Her name was Celia. She began singing to her siblings and cousins at bedtime, but a voice like that needed to be shared. Everywhere she went, she sang. She sang when she was in pain and she sang when she felt incredible joy—shouting an exuberant “¡Azúcar!” to her adoring fans. In glittering gowns and extravagant, ruffled ensembles, Celia filled the airwaves with her unique sound. Her talent earned her the name “The Queen of Salsa” as she spread Cuban music throughout the world.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who wielded a sword. Her name was Beatrice or “Bebe.” When Bebe was just 11 years old, she came down with a severe case of meningitis. She survived over 100 days in the hospital and a quadruple amputation, and had to relearn almost everything about using her body. But Bebe wanted more than to just walk or brush her teeth—Bebe wanted to fence again. And beyond that, Bebe wanted to win. Using prostheses of her own invention, Bebe fenced all the way to the paralympic games.
Once upon a time, four sisters led their country to freedom. Their names were Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dedé. Though they lived in a beautiful country, it was ruled by a cruel and arrogant dictator. Minerva wanted to do something about the injustices she saw, so she recruited her sisters, hosted secret meetings, and gathered weapons for a revolution. Tragically, three of the sisters did not live to see their plan enacted. But Dedé lived on to tell the story of her three brave sisters known as Las Mariposas, The Butterflies.
Once upon a time, there lived a flamenco dancer who could break floorboards with her feet. Her name was Carmen. Everywhere she went, audiences were awed and shocked by her masterful dancing and the fury of her feet. She belonged to the Romany, a group of people in Europe known as gypsies and treated as outsiders. But Carmen would not allow her family to suffer prejudice and ignorance. Family was everything to her, and every penny she made, from dancing at taverns or in small market squares to performing in Carnegie Hall, went to support the people she loved most. The world would come to know Carmen Amaya as “The Gypsy Queen.”
Once upon a time, a girl dreamed of sailing down a river of lava. Her name was Katia. Katia became fascinated with volcanoes when she first saw them on-screen at a small French movie theater as a teenager. So, she set out to study them, capturing their magnificent beauty and power through the lens of her camera. With her daredevil husband Maurice by her side, Katia visited over half of the world’s active volcanoes, sailed a boat into a lake of acid, and even escaped out a second-story window into a pile of volcanic ash.