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Women Bridging the Gap

Welcome to Women Bridging the Gap, a free-wheeling, conversation podcast co-hosted by Lenya Wilson, a Black woman and Alexandra D’Italia, a white woman. As two women over 50 who are still dreaming, planning, and working,...more

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Episode 48

February 16, 2022

Already Ranting

Your favorite ladies are back at it again! And jumping right into it with fresh rants and raves. Well, not many raves, not much to rave about, but plenty to rant about.   Lenya has a big decision to make. She was invited to the USA Power Lifting competition, but they ban trans people. So she’s weighing if she should go and try to speak up about her views, or not go in protest. There are difficult and strong views on both sides. What do you think, listener? Let us know via email or social! We want to hear from you.   Alexandra got some frank news from her doctor, and it was a bitter pill to swallow. Listen in and hear exactly what he said, and how it went down.   --   Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).   **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends. **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**   Don’t join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981). We’re probably going to end it and move to TikTok.   Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])   You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com)    Or on Instagram: * Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one) * And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap) * And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)   This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Email him at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]). ...

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Episode 47

December 15, 2021

Having that Race Conversation at Holiday Dinner

It’s the final episode of the season and the year! Lenya and Alex have some holiday stories to tell, and they are good ones!   Lenya went to her white neighbor’s house for Thanksgiving dinner where the topic of race and police violence came up. Lenya spoke out about policing injustice, and was met with, well, the reaction you probably expect but also can not believe. What’s great though is that this story has a very happy ending.   Less happy are two more stories of police interacting with Lenya and Alex at points in their lives, and how the police took things too far, and how their skin color affected how each of them acted and felt.   Be sure to stay subscribed for when we return we'll check in on New Year's resolutions, and make some new ones for the coming year. Also, email us if you want to be on the show, or know someone who has a story to tell about race and womanhood.   --   Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).   **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**   Don’t join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981). We’re probably going to end it and move to TikTok.   Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])   You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com)    Or on Instagram: * Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one) ...

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Episode 46

November 17, 2021

Lenya, The One, That Weightlifting Champion 

Lenya performed at a weightlifting competition last week and is here to tell ua all about it. Not only did she tell us about how she won and what it was like, but explained the sport and the competition, how it’s judged, and what comes next.   Holidays are coming up, so we discuss what we have planned, and how we plan to not eat too much, famous last words.   But don’t think we just forgot about race issues, rounding out the episode we discuss Kyle Writtenhouse’s trial, the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and how that trial is getting less attention, and the overall weight of news today.   Alexandra was on a Gen-X trivia night podcast episode you can find here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/who-will-save-generation-x-trivia-game-show/id1550660608   --   Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).   **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**   Don’t join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981). We’re probably going to end it and move to TikTok.   Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])   You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com)    Or on Instagram: * Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one) * And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap) * And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)   This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more. ...

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Get Off My Lawn with Alexandra’s sister Candice D’Italia Gray

Episode 45

November 03, 2021

Get Off My Lawn with Alexandra’s sister Candice D’Italia Gray

Alexandra’s sister, Candice, joins to discuss race and womanhood, in TikTok, in lacrosse, in being a mother, and in growing older. Candice D’Italia Gray is a former fourth grade teacher and reading specialist.  She taught in Inner City Baltimore and Southside Chicago. Twenty years later, her students still contact her and call her the teacher that made them love to learn. Vet tech, animal rescue volunteer, and girls’ lacrosse coach, Candice lives in a predominantly white  community in Wisconsin and raises her two children to not only believe in love and equality for all, but to fight for those values in the face of bias and prejudice.  What would you do as a mother, raising a middle school girl who wants to do everything she sees on TikTok? Candice tells Lenya and Alexandra all about what she does to protect her daughter, but also allow freedom to explore and experiment. Its a tough balance. After her son enjoyed lacrosse in school, Candice’s daughter wanted to play too, so Candice learned to coach lacrosse so her daughter could join the girl’s team. Candice explains about sexism, not only in sports, but just in the default way that we all walk through the world. Ending the episode with a few thoughts on aging, what it feels like, and what wisdom comes with it.  -- Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).   **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your ...

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Episode 44

October 27, 2021

A Plan To End Racism with Lenya's neighbor JC, Part 2

We continue this excellent conversation with JC, Lenya’s neighbor and fan of the show.   JC recommends the HBO documentary [Exterminate all the Brutes](https://www.hbo.com/exterminate-all-the-brutes) but warns it is not an easy watch about all the ways we still have slavery in this country.   The conversation spans a wide breadth of topics including the housing costs of LA County, to how a middle class person can afford housing, to religion as a salve for the sting of impending death.   Reach out and tell us if you want a Women Bridging The Gap TikTok, where we can engage further on conversations about Race and Womanhood. [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])   --   Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).   **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**   Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981)   Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])   You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com)    Or on Instagram: * Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one) * And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap) * And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)   This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more. ...

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Episode 43

October 20, 2021

Sports and Race with Lenya's neighbor JC, Part 1 

Fan of the show and neighbor of Lenya, JC joins the ladies to discuss politics, sports, and race throughout the world, and here in the US. As always, Alexandra and Lenya want to pull out the racial linings of every topic, and with JC it’s sports!   JC shares some stories of how the NFL fans have split and rejected the NFL because of Colin Kapernick, and Lenya describes what it’s like to see that whole situation unfold as a Black person in America.   There was so much great conversation with JC that we’re splitting into two episodes. Listen next week for the rest of this discussion!   --   Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).   **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**   Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981)   Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])   You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com)    Or on Instagram: * Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one) * And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap) * And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)   This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more. ...

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