The Wednesday Five: Podcast Edition

In this week’s Wednesday Five, some of the best podcasts centered on women and women’s lives.



Women Challenging the Patriarchy – One Podcast at a Time

Rowan Slaney of The Guardian podcasts put out a simple call to her fellow podcasters: their top three episodes featuring women from the podcasts they create. The response, overwhelmingly more than three. They told Slaney, “We have featured so many amazing women who, although they may not want the pressure, represent history’s forgotten women whose achievements have been overshadowed or downright stolen by men.”

The result is a stunning list of podcasts with women at the center as experts:

  • Leah Green and Fred McConnell were joined by the Guardian’s US data editor, Mona Chalabi, to talk about all things vulva related, for a festive, slightly tipsy, end-of-year double bill.
  • Sarah Howe, who won the TS Eliot prize with her debut collection, Loop of Jade, told how it was inspired by her search for identity as the daughter of a Chinese mother and English father.
  • At a live event recorded in London, the Guardian’s political editors Anushka Asthana and Heather Stewart looked at the challenge to the government’s Brexit plans in the courts and heard from the lead claimant, Gina Miller.

And the list goes on. Read the full list of fabulous podcast women here.



Podcasts To Help You “Reflect & Resist” During The Women’s March 10 Actions In 100 Days Campaign

The organizers of the Women’s March have curated a list of motivating podcasts as part of its 10 Actions/100 Days campaign. To take part in action five, which implores participants to educate themselves through study, reflection, and courageous conversations while learning from the work of activists, and being mindful not to perpetuate the mistakes of the past, they have selected these 13 podcasts continue our journey on the road to equality.



Podcasts on How to Combat Objectification of Women

From sexual objectification in advertising to porn as a major source of objectification of women to rape culture, Verily has compiled a list of six podcasts where women, men, feminists, scientists, and journalists share insights on female objectification and how to resist it. Read more here.



Podcasts That Will Leave You Feeling Empowered

It’s clear that feminism has garnered a new and refreshed attention from a younger generation of millenials. The folks at The Huffington Post, in effort “to keep the girl power going, rounded up five feminist podcasts you should listen to right now. These will definitely leave you feeling empowered.”  One of the highlights from their list includes: “How To Be A Girl,” as the writer notes:

In this day and age, raising a daughter can be tough, but raising a transgender daughter is even tougher. “How To Be A Girl” is a podcast hosted by a single mom – who goes by the pseudonym Marlo Mack – and her eight-year-old trans daughter, who is sometimes featured on the show. The podcast is an “attempt to sort out just what it means to be a girl,” her website reads.




On each episode, Nasty Gal founder and author of #Girlboss Sophia Amoruso interviews world-class girlbosses who have made their mark in creative, cultural, and business ventures to extract solid advice from the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Expect hilarious co-hosts and conversations you won’t hear anywhere else. This podcast hopes to humanize the known, and champion the unknown girlbosses.

Listen via the web version or download on iTunes via the app.


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