justUS
together seeking change and thriving.

justUS is podcast about two best friends and lawyers who make impossible topics digestible. Ready to explore what it means to be a BIG age? Join us for engaging chats around current events, wellness, creating our own destiny and deconstructing the patriarchy.

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What is justUS?

To inspire women and femmes to mobilize and engage around hard topics affecting our daily lives. To inspire women and femmes to explore self-love, find healing and joy that work for them in this phase of their lives.  To create a vibrant online community with shared values to further learning and exploration. To develop and grow genuine cross-cultural friendships rooted in love, growth and social justice. To destigmatize the power of women and our opportunities for pleasure and root into the concept of self-care as revolutionary.

About US

Margo and Tashira met in July 2010 during Margo’s first day at Georgetown Law School’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Tashira was a summer law student intern, and the two quickly developed a friendship. Their over decade long friendship has transgressed cities, careers and many life changes.

They have walked together through celebrations and deep grief. In 2017, Tashira was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer after a year-long battle with fibroids. Watching Tashira walk through her breast cancer journey with bravery and authenticity paved a path for Margo to confront her own experience with breast cancer in 2021. Now in mid-life and cancer-free, Margo and Tashira are writing their own destiny.

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The story behind our podcast

After battling breast cancer, Tashira quit her job as an attorney working in public policy to follow her passion as a content creator. This major life change allowed her to explore the many facets of fashion and entrepreneurship, including becoming the self-proclaimed High Priestess of Thotlandia. She has shepherded a group of women and femmes under a call for bodily autonomy, pleasure and empowerment.

In 2021, Margo was diagnosed with the BRCA-2 gene mutation that put her at extremely high risk of cancer a month after turning 40. She made the decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy and ovarian surgery. Margo chose to see the diagnosis and subsequent surgeries as an opportunity for reflection on her life’s journey. The following year, she made the difficult decision to leave her role as a law professor to pursue her own path.

The justUS podcast comes at a time when Tashira and Margo are emboldened with new opportunities. It has been in the works for many years.  It is just one example of how their cross-cultural and long-standing friendship transcends identities. Tashira as a queer Black womxn and rich auntie and Margo as a white cis-hetero, married mother of three daughters may seem on the surface to have little in common. However, they demonstrate how a friendship can persist and thrive outside of the box society has constructed for them.

She/Her

Margo

Margo is many things- a mother, partner, daughter, friend and fluent Spanish speaker. She is also a scholar and professor (on leave to try her hand at some new adventures from her professor job at Northeastern University) and activist. Margo has spent years advocating for individuals impacted by intimate partner and sexual violence. In 2021, Margo was diagnosed with the BRCA-2 gene mutation that put her at extremely high risk of cancer a month after turning 40. She made the decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy and ovarian surgery. Margo chose to see the diagnosis and subsequent surgeries as an opportunity for reflection on her life’s journey. The following year, she made the difficult decision to leave her role as a law professor to pursue her own path.

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She/Her

Tashira


Tashira Halyard is a reformed attorney, lifestyle blogger, and breast cancer survivor. She's a small town girl at heart who loves fashion, trail mix, and a good book. She started her lifestyle blog, Politics and Fashion, while in law school and working as a community organizer. She needed a creative outlet that combined her passions for justice and a great red lipstick. Throughout the years, Politics & Fashion has become a home for women to find style and self care inspiration

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To center wellness, joy and social justice at a big age.

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The justUS podcast explores social justice issues that disproportionately impact women and femmes from a witty and feminist lens. The hosts are best friends and lawyers who make impossible topics digestible. Ready to engage in activism? Join us for engaging chats around current events, creating our own destiny and deconstructing the patriarchy.

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