There are, thankfully, no shortage of great podcasts about history you may have missed in school. Buried Truths, Making Gay History, and so many more share the stories of folks who the traditional history books might ignore. And while we may all know the stories of some of the more famous marginalized people, there are still so many untold stories about women of all different identities. Here are some amazing podcasts to listen to this Women’s History Month:
No Man’s Land from The Wing
I, of course, mentioned No Man’s Land in another post about history podcasts but this show deserves another mention. The show recently finished its first season but there are plans for future seasons about many other women! One episode to start with is Ida B. Wells, a woman who was born a slave in 1862 but eventually became an incredible journalist and newspaper editor/owner.
This show is all about women in history and hosted by sisters Olivia Meikle and Katie Nelson. Through interviews with writers, historians, and other scholars, Nelson and Meikle tell the stories of long-forgotten but utterly fascinating women in history!
There are so many other great shows that focus on history and highlight some of the amazing women from the past. Here are some honorable mentions:
- Queer As Fact: A Queer History Podcast
- Start with: Yoshiya Nobuko
- History is Gay
- The Exploress Podcast
And of course, there are countless women who are currently making history as we know it. Celebrating women who are breaking the glass ceiling today is just as important as celebrating women from the past. Here are some great feminist podcasts and episodes to celebrate women of all identities currently working to change the world:
This show continues to be one of my all time favorite shows. Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton are two hilarious, witty, and intelligent hosts who talk about politics, pop culture, and so much more in an incredibly engaging way. Another Round is currently on an indefinite hiatus but their backlog of episodes are still worth listening to on repeat. Nigatu is currently a writer on Showtime’s Desus & Mero and Clayton is the current host of Netflix’s podcast, Stong Black Legends.
Hosted by two long-distance best friends, Call Your Girlfriend is a show all about friendship, politics, pop culture, books, and so much more. Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman, and Gina Delvac are the folks behind Call Your Girlfriend. Sow and Friedman are the hosts of the show and the living embodiment and creators of Shine Theory, the idea that if your friends don’t shine, you don’t shine. In addition to so much more, CYG highlights the work of amazing women, recommends must-read books, and gives life advice.
If you’re also a fan of audiobooks and want even more amazing content about women, especially women in history, there are countless audiobooks about just that! While these books aren’t podcasts, many do provide that same level of context and understanding of women from all backgrounds. Here are some great books to listen to:
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly shares the stories of three black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Age and helped the US send men into space.
- We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl, The Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler is all about consumer feminism and the corporate attempts to turn a movement into a product.
There are, of course, so many other amazing podcasts and books about women in history and today. What women in history/feminist shows are you listening to this month?