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Author: University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace & Society in partnership with the U.S. Department of State Sports Diplomacy Division

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A production of the University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace & Society in partnership with the U.S. Department of State Sports Diplomacy Division.The Strong Women. Better World. Podcast is a globe-trotting storytelling project about fearless women who are using the power of sport, education, and social innovation to create a better world. This sisterhood stands on the shoulders of pioneers who fought for the passage of Title IX, an educational amendment that gave rise to the female athlete in the United States and has significant worldwide ripple effects. The Strong Women. Better World Podcast celebrates the 50th anniversary of Title IX by raising awareness of its global footprint ahead of the landmark legislation’s June 2022 commemoration. Through intimate conversations with brave pioneers, listeners will learn about the challenges and successes these Title IX Titans encounter, and better understand the power of people-to-people exchanges through sport. The Strong Women. Better World Podcast is a UT-Knoxville Center for Sport, Peace and Society (CSPS) production, part of its larger effort to celebrate Title IX. The Center’s special storytelling project highlights how generations of women and girls have benefited from its provision for equal access and opportunity to play sports. *This project is funded in part by the U.S. Department of State Sports Diplomacy Division and we’re grateful for their partnership.
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In this episode, learn how football pioneers Akhona Makalima (FIFA and South Africa Premier Soccer League referee, South Africa) and Rabia Qadir (Founding CEO, Galaxy Sport Academy) are shattering social barriers to help the next generations of girls on and off the pitch. 
Travel to Africa in this episode of the Strong Women. Better World podcast, to learn how Zambia’s Diana Mutakafimbo (sports reporter, Zambia Daily Mail) and Nigeria’s Tega Onojaife (sports producer and presenter, Smooth 98.1 FM Radio; Founder, Ladies in Sport Conference) translate the sports magic from live events to their audiences, kicking down cultural barriers all while sporting stylish kicks.
Travel inside the world of sports media in Eastern Europe for this episode of the Strong Women. Better World podcast as Serbia’s Nina Kolundzija (sports journalist and host, B92) and Lithuania’s Asta Zukaite (on-air sports anchor, LNK TV) share their secrets for pursuing their passions as confident, fearless journalists. 
In this episode, travel to Brazil and Bangladesh to learn about the daring leadership and bold actions undertaken by Júlia Vergueiro (owner and CEO, Pelado Real Futebol Clube; founder, Nossa Arena) and Ashreen Mridha (brand manager of marketing, Unilever Bangladesh Limited;  Founder and chairwoman,  Deshi Ballers) as they step up and help transform their societies through sports. 
Travel to South America with Bolivia’s Pina Pozo Rios (Founder and Director of “Las Super Poderosas” television show and soccer academy) and Peru’s Alejandra Rodriguez-Larraín (CEO, Peru Runners; Founder and CEO, Flama Foundation), who sparr about playing the long game as pioneers in sports business and their secrets for how to keep running when life throws a few punches.
This episode of the Strong Women. Better World podcast spotlights how the sports of boxing, karate, and Japanese jujitsu, help warriors Caroline Lembe (Founder, Siki Lab; Coach, Kwadraat) and Megha Vora (Founder, Women's Self-Defense Center of India) live fearlessly, draw strength, and empower others.
The mountains of Eastern Europe elevate this week’s Strong Women. Better World conversation as adventure sportswomen Ilina Arsova (elite mountain climber, ski instructor, a Freelance Artist and Creator of “This is HerStory”) and Eliza Eliasz (Employer Branding Specialist, FairWind; board sports trainer and facilitator) exchange notes on scaling challenges, inspiring others to become leaders, and more.
This episode of the Strong Women. Better World podcast travels to India, as Belli Chandra (Founder & CEO, B7 Sport Management) and Aparna Popat  (former Executive Director, Olympian’s Association of India) spar on court about their passions, challenges, and miracle-making abilities in women’s sports, development, and management. 
Travel to Latin America with this episode of the Strong Women. Better World podcast as Bolivia’s Maira Coll (General Manager, Bolivian Olympic Committee; former elite volleyball player) and El Salvador’s Mercedes Navarette (Communications Coordinator, Glasswing International) dissect how they’re empowering women and girls to become leaders through sports. 
This episode of the Strong Women. Better World podcast travels to Argentina, where Martina Bartolucci (Sports Management MBA candidate; former Chief of Staff, Sports Secretariat of the Argentina National Government) and Luz Amuchastegui (Director, El Desafío Foundation) team up to unpack their shared love of field hockey, and how they’re helping women to sit at the decision-making table -- not set the table -- through sports. 
This episode of the Strong Women. Better World podcast takes listeners courtside in Lebanon with Racha Kalot (Professor, University of Science and Art; former professional basketball player) and Karen Chammas (Athletics Coordinator, Lebanese American University; former professional basketball player and judoka) to uncover how they fought social conventions to play their passion sports and how they’re helping pave the way for the next generations to follow in their footsteps.
This episode of the Strong Women. Better World podcast travels to Jordan with Nour Kayyal (banker; Founder, SWISH Basketball Academy) and New Zealand with Fran McEwen (Active Recreation Lead at Sport New Zealand; Founder and CEO, SHIFT Foundation) to unearth the secrets of how female entrepreneurs make the magic and help empower others through sports, education, and social innovation. 
Travel to Brazil in this episode of the Strong Women. Better World podcast to hear how Diana Bonar Currie (Training and Institutional Development Coordinator, Fight for Peace; Founder, Peace Flow) and Maira Liguori (Innovation Director, Think Olga; Founder, Olga Esporte Clube) find the inner strength to balance their home life with pursuing their passion to change the world through sport.
This episode of the Strong Women. Better World podcast takes listeners to Oceania as Chyloe Kurdas (Female Engagement Senior Manager, Golf Australia; Director, Own Journey) spars with Julie Paterson (Chief Executive Officer, Tennis New Zealand; Co-Chair, Women in Sport Aotearoa) for an intimate exchange on their challenges and triumphs fighting for social change and greater equality through sport in Australia and New Zealand.
In this inaugural episode of the Strong Women. Better World podcast series, Dr. Sarah Hillyer of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society (University of Tennessee-Knoxville) steps into the ring to discuss her inspiration, the Center’s mission and work empowering women and girls around the world through sport, honoring the legacy of legendary Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt, the importance of celebrating Title IX and its global impact, and how to build a better world through sport and education.
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