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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

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.

Season 1

1 - Margaret Hamilton read by Poorna Jagannathan (16 min)

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.

2 - Yusra Mardini read by Diana Nyad (17 min)

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.

3 - Virginia Hall read by S. Mitra Kalita (16 min)

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.

4 - Maria Callas read by Our Lady J (19 min)

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.

5 - Billie Jean King read by Jessica Valenti (13 min)

She didn't just win games—national tennis champion Billie Jean King also fought for fairness: equal pay for men AND women.

6 - Madam C.J. Walker read by Poorna Jagannathan (18 min)

From humble beginnings to being the first self-made female millionaire in America, Madam C. J. Walker built a beauty empire still around today!

7 - Ada Lovelace read by Jodi Kantor (14 min)

Ada Lovelace became the first computer programmer when she recognize that the machines could do more than calculations.

8 - Grace O'Malley read by Allison Mosshart (15 min)

An Irish pirate convinces the Queen of England to revisit her policies on Ireland.

9 - Harriet Tubman read by Tarana Burke (16 min)

Harriet Tubman, one of the greatest heroes in American history, risked her life to free hundreds of slaves.

10 - Wangari Maathai read by Melinda Gates (15 min)

When lakes started to dry up and streams seemed to disappear, Wangara Maathai decided to bring the forest back—planting a million trees.

11 - Frida Kahlo read by Pamela Adlon (18 min)

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.

Season 2

1 - Mary Kom read by Poorna Jagannathan (18 min)

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.

2 - Nanny of the Maroons read by Funmilola Fagbamila (18 min)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who couldn’t be captured. Her name was Nanny.

3 - Ashley Fiolek read by Kealia Mae Ohai (20 min)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who became a motocross champion. Her name was Ashley Fiolek.

4 - Ruth Bader Ginsburg read by Priscilla Chan (21 min)

Once upon a time, there was a girl with a mighty voice. Her name was Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

5 - Aisholpan Nurgaiv read by Lowri Morgan (19 min)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived where snowy peaks scraped the sky. Her name was Aisholpan.

6 - Corrie Ten Boom read by Amy Landecker (17 min)

Once upon a time, a girl risked everything to do what was right. Her name was Corrie.

7 - Celia Cruz read by Justina Machado (16 min)

Once upon a time, a girl learned to sing before she could talk. Her name was Celia.

8 - Bebe Vio read by Marcy Vaj (17 min)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wielded a sword. Her name was Beatrice or Bebe.

9 - The Mirabal Sisters read by Jackie Cruz (13 min)

Once upon a time, four sisters led their country to freedom. Their names were Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dedé.

10 - Carmen Amaya read by Tanya Babich (20 min)

Once upon a time, there lived a flamenco dancer who could break floorboards with her feet. Her name was Carmen.

11 - Katia Krafft ready by Maeve Boeve (18 min)

Once upon a time, a girl dreamed of sailing down a river of lava. Her name was Katia.

Season 3

1 - Junko Tabei read by Kit DesLauriers (20 min)

Once upon a time there was a girl who climbed to the very top of the world. Her name was Junko Tabei.

2 - Julia Child read by Ruth Reichl (19 min)

Once upon a time, there was a towering girl who would inspire a culinary revolution in America. Her name was Julia.

3 - Hedy Lamarr read by Tatiana Maslany (16 min)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who would grow up to achieve great fame on the silver screen. But this movie star would also lead a little-known double life, as a gifted inventor. Her name was Hedy.

4 - Greta Thunberg read by Jameela Jamil (17 min)

Once upon a time, there was a Swedish girl who refused to go to school. Her name was Greta. When Greta found out about the realities of climate change, she couldn’t understand why there weren’t more people concerned enough to take action.

5 - Temple Grandin read by Kat Taylor (19 min)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who thought in pictures. Her name was Temple.

6 - Alicia Alonso read by Yuan Yuan Tan (24 min)

Once upon a time, there was an incredible Cuban dancer who wanted to dedicate the rest of her life to the art of dance. Her name was Alicia.

7 - Michelle Obama read by Pearl Thusi (20 min)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to become a lawyer. Her name was Michelle.

8 - Oprah Winfrey read by Gayle King (21 min)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who interviewed crows and made friends with pigs. Her name was Oprah.

9 - Josephine Baker read by Ashley Graham (21 min)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who became a dancer, a spy, and a civil rights activist. Her name was Josephine.

10 - Jane Goodall read by Cristina Mittermeier (21 min)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who adored animals. Her name was Jane.

11 - Simone Biles read by Lindsey Vonn (22 min)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved flipping, flying, and tumbling. Her name was Simone Biles