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Welcome To Box Tlk!

Hello new friends and welcome to our blog. Box Tlk is the podcast all about Pu$$y! Normalizing women's health by not believing in TMI. We are about a week away from the release date of our trailer (and if that isn't giving me enough anxiety just two more weeks until we release the first episode!!) To celebrate, we wanted to share a little sneak peek of our brand new theme song.

Do you like it? Well, you better because we are sticking to it. What better way to set the tone for our podcast than to feature impressive quotes from the equally impressive women behind them. We only hope that we can live up to the precedent that they set. Since it's hard to fit all that amazing into 30 seconds, there were tons of amazing quotes left on the proverbial cutting room floor. You know we don't like to leave y'all uninformed so please enjoy this in depth look at these 4 amazing women!

Gloria Steinem speaking at a podium.

The first voice you hear is Gloria Steinem giving her Address to the Women of America at the founding of the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) on July 10, 1971 in Washington, D.C. A Co-founder of the organization, Gloria used the speech to further the ideas of the Women's Movement. It is also considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century--not too shabby for a lady ;)

The excerpt our clip comes from is one of the most remembered passages of her remarks that day:

This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race, because they are easy, visible differences, have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups, and into the cheap labor on which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen, or those earned. We are really talking about humanism.

They also sampled this quote in the music video for Jennifer Lopez's wild 2016 attempt at a come back, "Ain't Your Momma". My, my, look at what company we keep! Anyways, you should definitely listen to the whole speech shared below.

Next up is...Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi!

The second clip you hear is from Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi's HOR Floor Speech on the Healthcare Reform Bill delivered March 21, 2010. After many long years of trying to improve the national healthcare system, legislation was finally passed making it illegal to deny someone coverage because of a pre-existing condition. The list of things considered a pre-exisiting condition is long and laughable (in the laugh so you don't cry way), but most notably included being female. Yes, youths, that is right. Being a woman was considered cause enough for a company to deny you coverage or jack up your rates. Isn't being an adult lady fun! Her speech highlights achievements of the Healthcare Reform battle which you can read or listen to here.

Next up is the incomparable Hillary Rodham Clinton, or HRC as we like to call her. The third clip in our theme song is from her famous remarks to the Fourth Women's Conference in Beijing, China on September 5, 1995. This is one of the most important speeches she is known for and where she first said the quote now emblazoned on every sign carried by a pussy-hat wearing protester: "Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights." You can read the full transcript of her powerful speech here, or do yourself a favor and watch it below.

Our fourth clip is from Dr. Vivian W. Pinn. Although Dr. Pinn may not be as well known as the other women on this list that is not a marker of her importance and general bad-assery. Dr. Pinn is the former director for the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a passionate advocate for women's health and women in STEM careers. We found her rampage against "bikini medicine" in her remarks to the Jepson School of Leadership Studies from a discussion on "Women's Health & Biomedical Leadership: From Tradition to Equality" on February 13, 2018. Do yourself a favor and listen to her speak. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a transcript for this speech, but this talk is basically an hour long mission statement for our podcast.

Hopefully we all can day grow up to be Dr. Pinn one day.

Last, but certainly not least, is the voice of Betty Ford. The former First Lady gave these remarks at an American Cancer Society Dinner in New York, NY on November 7, 1975. We could only use a small part of the clip, but I don't think we could have summed up the gist of the podcast any better than this:

That realization made me decide to discuss my breast cancer operation openly, because I thought of all the lives in jeopardy. My experience and frank discussion of breast cancer did prompt many women to learn about self-examination, regular checkups, and such detection techniques as mammography. These are so important. I just cannot stress enough how necessary it is for women to take an active interest in their own health and body.

You can watch the video below or read the transcript here.

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