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What does it mean to be a woman

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

With the ever-changing roles, rights, and identities of women in society, this episode digs into what it means to be a woman to 10 different Iowans.

What does it really mean to be a woman? There are as many answers to that question as there are women in the world. On this Talk of Iowa episode, different women across the state share what womanhood means to them in the year 2023.

This episode is part of Talk of Iowa's Womanhood series, airing from Oct. 23 - Oct. 27.


  • Asha Leena Bhandary, associate professor of philosophy and gender, women’s and sexuality studies, University of Iowa
  • Ann Friedman, author and journalist
  • Joshalyn “Rocki” Johnson, cohost of North End Update
  • Cheryl “Chaveevah” Banks Ferguson, cohost of North End Update
  • Nora J.S. Reichardt, digital journalist, WQAD
  • Ghinwa Alameen, professor of Arabic and Arab culture, Iowa State University
  • Teresa Zilk, founder, Stories To Tell My Daughter
  • Stacy Glascock, former physician assistant and cancer survivor
  • Jackie Arreola, business owner in Washington
  • Tea Ho, instructor of microbiology and immunology, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Dasia Taylor, inventor
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk