SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Two women have been sworn in as the University of Notre Dame Fire Department's first full-time female firefighters.

42-year-old Michelle Woolverton and 37-year-old Christi Shibata started as firefighters over the summer with the department, which got its start 140 years ago.

The department's Fire Chief Bruce Harrison said they have passion for the job, empathy and a determination to serve others.

April Lidinsky

If you had to draw a map of your community, what would it look like? Or, a map of your life?  Maps are descriptive, impressionistic, and interpretive.  As cartographers from time immemorial have known: You can’t draw all the things.  So, what would you draw, in an atlas of What Matters to You? Maybe, you’d draw a map of your favorite dog walks, or one of special places to drink coffee or cocktails? Or, maybe an atlas of turning-point moments in your life that shimmer in your heart’s memory.

Happy Family

Mar 23, 2019
Blair Gauntt

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 9 PM

Inspired by real events, Happy Family is a play about one determined woman.  In the 1970s she led a group of working women who sued a major corporation for equal pay and equal opportunity.  With the help of a roving civil rights lawyer, they won.  It took them ten years of hardship, but they won.

The play was written and produced by Roy Schreiber, a retired professor of history at Indiana University South Bend.

Lauren Chapman

A new initiative launched in Indiana will support women-led cancer research.

More women are entering the science field but still struggle to land in leadership positions. The new program from the American Cancer Society in Indiana will raise funds and awareness.  

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


Wednesday is a little known, and incredibly unofficial holiday--Galentine’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate female friendships. Research out of Notre Dame shows having these female friendships could give you a leg up at work.

Galentine’s Day is not really a real holiday. It was popularized by Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, on the NBC TV comedy "Parks and Recreation". But the day is meant to be a celebration of female friendship.

University of Notre Dame Athletics


The University of Notre Dame Women’s basketball are back in the Hoosier State as the 2018 NCCA champions.


This is the first National Championship for Notre Dame Women’s Basketball since 2001.

It all came down to a single 3-point shot by Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale. Made with a tenth of a second to go, the shot gave the Irish a 61-58 victory over Mississippi State.