Today is MOTH Monday on Good News Network: In partnership with The Moth, a nonprofit dedicated to the art of storytelling, we bring you the most uplifting speakers from live stages across the world.

Susanne Schmidt came from a long line of fierce Italian feminists; her own grandmother had to be repeatedly bailed out of jail for protesting on behalf of the suffragettes.

So when Schmidt eventually decided to become a drummer in the high school band, she was determined to ignore the bullying from her male peers and become the best percussionist in the school.

Her perseverance finally came to a tee when she defiantly faced down her naysayers and wore a long green velvet dress on stage for her drum solo.

Listen to her story of rock and roll resolve below…

The Moth gives people an opportunity to tell a true story in front of a live audience, and sometimes their stories are chosen to air on the radio show, now celebrating its tenth year, and broadcasting on 485+ public radio stations—and on The Moth podcast, which is downloaded over 52 million times a year.

The Moth’s third book, Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible is now available for purchase through your favorite booksellers.

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