One of the most important things you can do on International Women’s Day or throughout Women’s History Month is educate yourself. And if you don't know where to start, there are plenty of podcasts that'll teach you the women's history you didn't learn in school.
International Women's Day was first officially celebrated in 1911 in
Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland, according to International Women’s Day.com. Today, it's recognized in more than 20 countries around the world as a day day to honor the achievements of women of women throughout global history. At the same time, the International Women's Day website points out, it's a call to action to close the gender gap and promote equality. To recognize where change is needed, it's also important to understand how women before us helped pave the way. The tidbits of history you might not have known can help inform how to continue moving forward.
Here are 23
podcasts about women's history that you can listen to this International Women's Day and every day after that. 1 The History Chicks covers real and fictional women and the contributions they've made to women's history. According to the podcast’s description, "You want to know how the women are remembered, how their legacies live on and how you can learn more. We can do that!" From Cleopatra to Coco Chanel, you get to learn about all the ways women from history have helped shape society. Streaming since 2011, the History Chicks is still kicking today with new episodes. The History Chicks 2 Stuff Mom Never Told You
With new episodes every Wednesday and Friday,
gives you the opportunity to learn about feminism and women's history twice a week. The show discusses "what it is to identify as female through research-based discussion around feminism and how it impacts everyday life." You'll hear about women like NASA's hidden computer women and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Muta Maathai. Stuff Mom Never Told You 4 The Profess-Hers Podcast features women you may not have necessarily heard of, but have made many contributions to gender equality. The Profess-Hers Podcast From local politicians who have paved the way for others, like Texas Gov. Ann Richards, to the history of witches, it covers a variety of women from different backgrounds. 5 Wining About Herstory features friends Kelley and Emily who talk about forgotten women in history over a bottle of wine. The podcast's description reads, "Have you ever wondered where all of the women were in your history books? You're not alone!" Anything about women's history you feel like you've missed out on, Wining About Herstory Wining About Herstory can fill you in. 6 The Other Half: The History of Women Through the Ages acknowledges the fact that history is told from a very male-centric perspective and tries to tell the story of "the other half." While oftentimes in history women are dismissed as the wives of powerful men, The Other Half: The History of Women Through the Ages The Other Half tells the often lesser-known stories of the women who became some of the most influential figures in history. 7 Notorious Women describes itself as "a comedy podcast about history's most notorious women." The hosts will take you back in time to learn about people like Norma McCorvey (the Jane Roe in Notorious Women Roe v. Wade), and sometimes even weave in current topics . 8 What'sHerName features hosts Dr. Katie Nelson and Professor Olivia Meikle who bring on historians, writers, and scholars to "bring to life the 'lost' women of history." The show does its best to highlight women you might not have heard of before. One of the latest episodes, for example, discusses 17th century German naturalist What'sHerName Maria Sibylla Merian, who traveled to South America to uncover various unknown species 130 years before Darwin’s expeditions. 10 Wonder Women
does focus on "women that time forgot," it also discusses friendships and modern social issues. You'll learn about the history of the high heel and where the term "hysteria" came from and women who made names for themselves in history. Wonder Women 11 Deviant Women
You know that quote, "Well-behaved women seldom make history"? Well, that's the basis of
. The podcast features women in history who weren't afraid to break the rules no matter how risky it was. Though the podcast is no longer running, its final episodes honor figures like Persian poet Deviant Women Forough Farrokhzad and paranormal novelist Daphne du Maurier. 12 The Door History Podcast goal is to "even things out just a little bit" by highlighting important women's history stories in a world that focuses on men. The podcast travels back centuries in time to discuss the different women who set the cogs in motion for today's feminism. You may not have heard of the podcast's subjects before, but you'll definitely recognize them and their achievements after. The Door History Podcast's 13 Ordinary Equality tackles the untold stories of activists, revolutionaries, and more. Hosts Kate Kelly and Jamia Wilson take a deep dive into the politics that have shaped the way women live, work and are treated in the U.S. The podcast had their inaugural season in 2020, centering around the Ordinary Equality Equal Rights Amendment. Season 2 kicked off in 2021, and this time, the ladies will be discussing pro-life and pro-choice ideologies and how the subject isn't as simple as one side or the other. 14 Womanica
In just five minutes a day
, will teach you about all the women in history that didn't get so much as a sentence in your grade school history books. Seasons are divided into genres like women with courageous stories like Womanica Lee Tai-Young, journalists such as Harriet Quimby, and American legends like Lizzie Black Kander. 15 Nerdette
Dubbed "a safe space for nerding out about all the things you're watching, reading, listening to and encountering in real life,"
, hosted by Greta Johnsen, talks to real people about their obsessions from history to current pop culture and everything in between. Nerdette 16 The Bitchery Of History 19 The Dead Ladies Show
Covering the lives of
women who were mathematicians to star athletes, The Dead Ladies Show is all about history's women who achieved their goals even when the odds were stacked against them. The podcast also uses archival footage/audio of the women they discuss so you can really get into the historical context of the lives that they led. 20 Dig: A History Podcast
Formerly known as
The History Buffs Podcast , is hosted by four female historians. Dig: A History Podcast Dig primarily takes a look at local and state history, as well as current politics. These hosts shed light on the past while carrying out their goal of bringing you all the "edutainment" (education and entertainment) that comes with digging up world history. 21 Nevertheless She Existed
Self-described as “the radical feminist history party you’ve been waiting for,”
is a live-recorded series hosted by Molly Gaebe and Kylie Holloway that uncovers the stories of lesser-known figure in feminist history. Many of their episodes feature a guest who chooses a feminist figure to discuss — whether it’s queer liberation pioneer Marsha P. Johnson or ancient Irish Catholic abortion provider Bridgid of Kildare. Nevertheless She Existed 22 The Great Women Artists
If you’re looking for a new muse for your artistic endeavors, look no further. Katy Hessel, art historian, curator, and creator of the popular Instagram page,
@thegreatwomenartists, hosts this interview series . Each episode, Hessel invites a different woman in the arts to discuss the woman artist who meant the most to their career. The Great Women Artists 23 That’s What She Did
If you’re more interested in women’s history in-the-making,
is a great series featuring today’s women leaders. Each week, host Tangia Renee brings on a different woman — from entrepreneurs to activists — to discuss what they do, why they do it, and how they were inspired to follow their path. That’s What She Did
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This article was originally published on
March 3, 2020