I haven’t always been a fan of podcasts and it’s not because they aren’t interesting, but I just haven’t had the time during the day to listen to them. However, I did come across one podcast that I enjoyed so much that I wanted to write about it, in hopes that it would encourage others to listen to it too. It’s called the “The IV wave” (the fourth wave) and it’s hosted by Actress and Author Mirtha Michelle and Entertainment and Fashion Attorney Jamie Baratta. As friends, these two women are a dynamic duo and separated they are just as powerful. Mirtha has been featured in such films as “This Christmas” and “Fast and the furious“, she has written three books, “Letters, to the men I have loved“, “Elusive Loves” a bilingual compilation of love and contemporary poems, and her latest installation, “Letters, to women like me“, a compilation of poems and essays about love and self-discovery. While Jamie is an associate Attorney of Davis Shapiro Lewit Grabel Leven Granderson & Blake LLP, Jamie has worked with several prestigious and well-known musicians such as Jermih and ex-boyfriend Kid Cudi and has also written environmental publications for URB Magazine, Billboard magazine, etc.
The fourth wave is the perfect title to what is going on in the world today, relating to women rights and equality. Since Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States, women all across the world have spoken out against the inhumane actions of Trump against women. A lot of women may not realize that the three other waves of feminism have been so monumental and paramount to the history of women. The first wave took place between the 1830s and the early 1900s. The main focus of the first wave was the right for women to vote. The prominent leaders of the first wave include Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Susan B. Anthony. The majority of the first-wave feminists was considered moderate and conservative compared to the second wave feminists which may have been seen as more radical and revolutionary. The second wave which took place between the 1960s and 1980s focused more on the workplace, sexuality and reproductive rights. It also drew attention to domestic violence and marital rape issues that were normally ignored by law authorities. In 1968, after the death of her husband Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mrs. Coretta Scott King assumed leadership of the Civil Rights movement and expanded the movement to include Women’s rights. In 1972 during the case of Eisenstadt v. Baird, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that unmarried couples have a right to use contraception. The third wave of feminism which has been coined by Author and Feminist Rebecca Walker as the wave that focuses on Queer and Non-Black women. The daughter of American writer and Activist Alice Walker, who wrote the critically acclaimed novel “The Color Purple”. In 1992, Rebecca Walker at the age of 22, wrote an article for MS., an American liberal magazine founded by second-wave feminist Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes. In the article titled “Becoming the third wave”, Walker not only criticizes Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after he was accused of sexually assaulting Attorney Anita Hill. Walker addressed the oppression of the female voice and the beginning of the third wave feminism. Rebecca describes the third wave as being the “…search for personal clarity in the midst of systemic destruction, to join in sisterhood with women when often we are divided, to understand power structures with the intention of challenging them.”
As Jamie and Mirtha have so elegantly put it on their website, the fourth wave “is a human rights movement advocating for women’s equality, but what defines this wave is the role that technology* plays in promoting it.” What we have this time, during this wave that the other three waves did not have, is the technology to get our words, our thoughts, our concerns of the inhumane actions against women that still happens to this very day. During the Women’s march that took place this year, after Donald Trump was elected into office, women from all over the world united as one to stand up against Immigration reform, Women inequality, LGBTQ rights, Racial inequality, Freedom of religion and etc. The Women’s march that reached countries such as Australia, Canada, Mexico, Nigeria and more. One of the most overpowering movements we have had so far concerning Women’s rights.
Although Mirtha and Jamie only have one podcast episode available at the moment, you can walk away with a lot of information and life-long advice about love and self-esteem and confidence. With their first episode of “The IV Wave,” Mirtha and Jamie talked about getting over a breakup and dealing with heartbreak. Both women broke down five ways that helped them to cope with a bad breakup and establishing a better relationship with themselves. Jamie spoke about keeping herself busy during a breakup she had during the holiday season, by googling fun things to do out in Los Angeles and ultimately choosing to hike with a friend of hers. During the hike of self-discovery, Jamie stated that she learned to appreciate the beauty that surrounded her without having to leave L.A. Co-founder Mirtha spoke about picking up a new hobby to keep her distracted from thinking about her ex. She also spoke about how she started to paint again after a big breakup of hers. Listening to these two powerful women talk about how they felt in their lowest of moments after heartbreak reminded me of myself and stories I heard from my girlfriends over their breakups. When I went through my most recent of heartbreak I took the initiative to start writing again and put all my focus on my website. It helped me so much with the anger and confusion that I was feeling at that moment.
Listening to this podcast of these two powerful women, I feel can be so helpful and beneficial to women who don’t those girlfriends that they can confide in and get advice from. As they stated towards the end of their podcast is that you want a good support system, people who support you, and cherish your well-being and your best interest. I hope to hear more from these ladies, their ideas, and advice to other young, career women who need that half an hour of girl talk.