USA! The United States women’s national team won its second consecutive World Cup after defeating the Netherlands national team last weekend. Of course, the title doesn’t come without controversy, with team members declining a White House invitation and co-captain Megan Rapinoe doing a media circuit bashing President Trump. We’ll break down all the drama, as well as the equal pay debate.

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On a special Independence Day edition of “Problematic Women,” we team up with Jarrett Stepman and Fred Lucas, co-hosts of The Daily Signal’s “Right Side of History” podcast, to discuss some of the most problematic women throughout American history.

We begin by honoring the legacy of Betsy Ross after Nike pulled its latest USA-themed sneaker from the shelves in light of the claim by Colin Kaepernick, NFL player and liberal activist, that the “Betsy Ross flag” featured on the sneaker was offensive.

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This week on Problematic Women we interview, Shannon Bream, host of “Fox News at Night” and author of the new book, “Finding the Bright Side: The Art of Chasing What Matters.” We ask her about her time at Fox News—including through the Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal, her decision not to have children, her experience with chronic pain, and whether or not she identifies as a feminist.

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Kelsey Bolar of The Daily Signal and Beverly Hallberg of District Media D.C. address Teen Vogue promoting prostitution to teenage girls, CNN labeling First Lady Melania Trump a “Woman of Mystery,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., admitting Republicans were probably right about allegations against Bill Clinton, and women saying they prefer “Dad bods” over perfectly toned 6-packs.

We also chat with Selina Soule, the high school track athlete who was forced to sit on the sidelines at a major tournament because two transgender runners landed the number one and two spots, about her decision to file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

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In a recent poll for “Axios on HBO,” 55% of American women say they would prefer to live in a socialist country over a capitalist country. This week on “Problematic Women” we discuss why women are embracing socialism and what can be done to stop this trend. Also, we break down why freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says members of Congress, despite already making $174,000 a year, deserve a pay raise.

We crown Yale University graduate and future Justice Brett Kavanaugh law clerk Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld Problematic Woman of the Week.

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We discuss Taylor Swift’s decision to get political and advocate for the so-called Equality Act, Miley Cyrus’ $175 pro-abortion sweatshirt, President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks about the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley unapologetically standing up for the beliefs of pro-life women.

We also feature our sit-down interview with Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway to talk about her views on feminism and the Brett Kavanaugh fallout. She also addresses how she coped with the loss of her former Federalist staffer, Bre Payton.

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., last week announced “the most aggressive equal pay proposal in history.” But would it really help women? Romina Boccia, director of the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation, joins us to discuss, debunking the myth that a gender wage gap actually exists.

We also discuss a New York Times op-ed about faith, feminism, fatherhood, and how they affect marital happiness, and we crown Allie Beth Stuckey our Problematic Woman of the week for using her baby registry to collect items for a local pregnancy center. Link to donate:

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In a special episode of Problematic Women, Heritage President Kay Coles James joins us to talk about the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. President Donald Trump appointed James on the bipartisan commission that was formed to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment, which secured women’s right to vote. In this week’s podcast, we discuss the history of the movement, what “suffrage” really means, and the importance of celebrating this historic event.

We also break down the left’s continued unhinged comments about abortion, with New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand calling for taxpayer funded, no-restriction abortions, and Jim Carrey’s depiction of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey being aborted.

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In the 22nd season premiere of the PBS animated children’s series “Arthur,” Mr. Ratburn, Arthur’s beloved teacher, came out as gay and got married. Is this a problematic storyline for a children’s show—and in what other ways is LGBT ideology appearing in children’s books and entertainment? We discuss with Monica Burke, a research assistant at The Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity.

We also break down the Equality Act and how it’s affecting girls’ sports, and discuss actress Alyssa Milano’s call for a nationwide #SexStrike in protest of pro-life legislation in Georgia and Alabama. And finally, in honor of her #SexStrike, we crown Milano Problematic Women of the Week for her fearless promotion of abstinence.

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Months after his confirmation, the left is still talking about Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Elizabeth Slattery, a legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, joins us to explain former President Bill Clinton’s accusations against him, the Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling dismissing claims against the justice, and if there’s any end in sight to the continued character attacks.

We also discuss the Pennsylvania state lawmaker who filmed himself berating a woman silently praying in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic and respond to some of his arguments against the pro-life movement. Also, we watched the new documentary “Knock Down the House,” about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other liberal candidates. We let you know the good, bad, and crazy about the film.

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Following the Saturday attack on a Southern California synagogue that killed one worshipper and wounded three others, we have Amy Swearer, a senior legal policy analyst in the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, on to discuss the complicated questions surrounding the Second Amendment, gun violence, and mental health. We also take on a New York Times column asking, “Where Are the Socially Conservative Women In this Fight?,” and discuss Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition deciding to feature the first Muslim wearing a hijab and burkini.

And finally, we crown Meghan McCain, co-host of “The View,” our Problematic Woman of the week for being honored with Americans United for Life’s inaugural Defender of Life in the Media Award.

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The Daily Signal’s weekly podcast, Problematic Women, went on a three-month hiatus after losing our podcast co-host, Bre Payton, on December 28th of last year.

Bre, a former staff writer for The Federalist, passed away from a sudden illness, and is survived by her parents, George and Cindy; siblings James, Jack, Christina, and Cheekie; and her boyfriend Ryan Colby.

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Shocked and devastated that our Problematic Women co-host Bre Payton has suddenly passed away at the age of 26, we spend today’s episode remembering Bre and discussing the hole we now have in our hearts for her. We talk about what a unique person she was in Washington, D.C., her faith, and some of the million little things that made her such an intelligent, beautiful, and joyful woman.

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This week on Problematic Women we discuss the incredible defense of First Lady Melania Trump from her spokeswoman, a Kentucky radio station that played “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” for nearly two hours in the wake of its controversy, and – the importance of taking care of yourself.

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This week on Problematic Women we cover drama going down inside the Women’s March, is the feminist life making women miserable, Nancy Pelosi’s coat—and, we finally decide—is Ted Cruz’s beard HOT OR NOT?

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Harvard Scholars question the gender pay cap, Lena Dunham says she did something “inexcusable,”, and District Media Group president Beverly Hallberg says online dating creates the wrong incentives.

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People are freaking out about First Lady Melania Trump’s Christmas decorations, abortion rates in the U.S. have fallen to their lowest levels since Roe v. Wade, and you won’t believe what Barbra Streisand said about women who voted for President Donald J. Trump

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UPenn Law School Professor Amy Wax is a frequent target of the left for her controversial takes on free speech and women’s issues. We sit down with her to discuss feminism, gender roles, #MeToo and more.

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Michelle Obama goes on a book tour, Celine Dion attempts to save the world from gender norms by creating a line of gender-neutral baby clothes, and a group of children with Down syndrome ask to be included on the Endangered Species list. And finally, why are young people having so little sex? We discuss all this and more in this week’s edition of “Problematic Women.”

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Today we talk about the story most mainstream media outlets aren’t talking about: the Republican women elected on Tuesday night.

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