If you’ve never heard of Kimberly Corban then you should definitely start getting comfortable with the name, because Corban has made one for herself in some of the most extraordinary ways possible.
Girls in college campuses across America are getting to know her, taking her advice, laughing at her jokes, and looking to her as a big sister? Why? Because when it comes to the highs and lows of women’s lives, Corban knows the feeling. Be it the joys and frustrations of motherhood, the exciting and terrifying parts of dating, marriage, divorce, careers, and starting over, Corban’s been there and wears the figurative t-shirts collectively.
But Corban has also been in the lowest of the lows. In 2006, as a young woman of 20, she was raped by a man who broke into her home one night. Playing it smart, Corban did what was necessary to keep herself alive and make sure her rapist went to jail. Moving on, Corban refused to let the event turn her into a victim. Instead, she used it to turn her into something powerful.
And that’s why so many young women listen to Corban. Her life is a story worth telling, and a story worth listening to. It’s a story of overcoming the worst life has to throw at you, fighting back, conquering, and finding joy on the other side. In today’s world, it’s a message society is sorely lacking. We’re rife with angry victims, but we’re severely short on happy warriors.
Corban’s website has become a solid place for all things girl-power. Be it advice to girls or her fellow survivors, encouragement about self-protection, or social commentary, Corban has something to say.
And she’s about to start saying a little more.
Teaming up with her longtime friend Kirsta Rinehart, an expert in criminal justice, the two women wanted to open the door to more conversation and subjects women really wanted to talk about. This would, of course, include wine, yoga pants, and mean girls quotes according to Corban and Rinehart. If you ask them, that’s the real reason they’re doing this podcast in the first place.
Rinehart and Corban are figuratively attached at the hip, and sometimes even physically. Rinehart told RedState that before Corban would give a speech or release an article, it was Rinehart who would first look it over and give her approval. The two met working together eons ago, and after a shy Rinehart worked up the courage to actually talk to Corban, the two found they both had the same strange sense of humor, and have been sisters ever since.
You can expect that same sense of humor during the podcast, Rinehart and Corban told RedState.
The podcast is called “Life As She Knows It,” — or “LASKIpodcast” for short — and as Rinehart puts it, “is girl’s night meets talking to your big sisters.”
“It’s a lot of advice for women, but we’re never telling you what to do,” said Rinehart.
The idea for a podcast for young women — though women of any age would find it a fun time — came when Corban and Rinehart went to a conference in 2016 where Corban was speaking in front of an audience of college-aged girls. Afterward, both were invited to do an interview, which turned into hours of the two hanging out with the young women, having fun and just talking.
“Those girls had a connection to Kim’s story,” Rinehart told RedState. “We love that connection, and want to use that to put out something women want to listen to.”
This includes not just talking about the subjects women care about most, but even Q&A segments Corban and Rinehart call “asking for a friend.”
“It’s a segment where women can anonymously ask questions that are difficult to bring up for themselves or others,” Corban told RedState.
Both women plan to cover every topic under the sun either political or social, but don’t expect either political party to have an easier or more difficult time than the other. Corban and Rinehart may be right of center, but they won’t pull punches that need to hit full force. In fact, Corban tells RedState that the first podcast discusses hypocrisies in the Republican party.
“It ruins the entertainment factor when there’s an agenda. We don’t tow party lines,” Corban told RedState. “Just because we don’t march in women’s marches doesn’t mean we don’t care about women’s issues.”
And women’s issues from the perspective of two women with an odd sense of humor, a plethora of movie and television references, and enough wine to make Cersei Lannister jealous is likely just what the world needs. Corban and Rinehart want everyone to know that no matter where you are in life, be it a high, a low, or a very low, this podcast is for you. Even among the fun the two women plan to have, they hope the atmosphere they create helps someone. Maybe even changes their life for the better.
“At the end of the day,” said Corban, “if one woman hears what they need to hear then we’ve done our job.”