Who run the world? 7 podcasts about women’s history to celebrate the ladies this March and beyond

round up March 8, 2022

Yes, we had to quote Beyoncé! To honor International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we’ve selected some stellar podcasts all about icons, innovators, pioneers, and lesser-known heroines. Hear historians, writers, and scholars discussing the formidable accomplishments of amazing women and their inspirational stories.

If you’d like to learn more about historical figures like Joan of Arc, Harriet Tubman, and Clara Barton or actresses like Audrey Hepburn, podcasts on this list have you covered! There is a women’s history series about forgotten women’s contributions to genre, remembering folks responsible for iconic characters, theme songs, and stories we’ve seen in pop culture. To learn how albums influenced female writers’ lives, tune into NPR’s mini-series called “Turning the Tables.”

Here are some podcasts to stream this Women’s History Month and beyond:

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All Songs Considered

Listen to ‘All Songs Considered’

To celebrate Women’s History Month this March, NPR’s “All Songs Considered” is releasing a 5-episode mini-series called “Turning the Tables.” Each episode matches writers from 2021’s “Records that Changed Our Lives” essay series that highlighted women and non-binary voices. On the podcast, the writers will dive into their essays and discuss records by female artists that impacted them personally and culture at-large. In the first episode, host Ann Powers was joined by Marissa Lorusso to discuss Yoko Ono and Kate Bush. Upcoming episodes this month will feature conversations with writers about Fiona Apple, Beyoncé, Salt-N-Pepa, Santigold, bbymutha, Tiger Trap, PJ Harvey, Paramore, and Tracy Chapman.

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Womanica

Listen to ‘Womanica’

Wonder Media Network presents “Womanica,” a daily dose of women’s history lessons in episodes less than 10 minutes long. Hear about innovators like the first computer programmer Ada Lovelace, musician Whitney Houston, sci-fi writer Octavia Butler, and physician/epidemiologist Selma Dritz – just to name a few. There are over 550 episodes to choose from.

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The Dead Ladies Show Podcast

Listen to ‘The Dead Ladies Show Podcast’

“The Dead Ladies Show Podcast” shares must-hear stories about iconic women from history, presented by co-hosts Katy Derbyshire, Florian Duijsens, and guests. Episodes bring listeners recordings of their live shows from Berlin and around the world. Since 2017, the series has released over 50 episodes on household names and lesser-known inspirations from history. Tune in for entertaining and inspiring episodes on Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ida B. Wells, Marie Curie, and more ladies who have passed.

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What’sHerName

Listen to ‘What’sHerName’

Academic sisters Dr. Katie Nelson and Olivia Meikle present “What’sHerName,” a women’s history podcast. Hear important stories about women you might not have heard before. Katie and Olivia find the “lost women of history” and host fascinating and thought-provoking conversations with writers, historians, and scholars. Recent episodes discussed naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian, forensic scientist Frances Glessner Lee, and screenwriter Frances Marion. New episodes are posted semimonthly.

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The History Chicks

Listen to ‘The History Chicks’

Wondery’s “The History Chicks” discusses women from history in episodes under 2 hours on average. Hear about Emily Dickinson, Shirley Temple Black, tattooed ladies, Maya Angelou, and more. Learn how Pocahontas actually saved lives, Wonder Woman’s feminist roots, Marie Curie’s history, Barbie’s iconic status, Catherine the Great’s story, and The Statue of Liberty’s symbolism. Since 2011, the series has released over 240 episodes and counting!

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Forgotten Women of Genre

Listen to ‘Forgotten Women of Genre’

SYFY WIRE presents “Forgotten Women of Genre,” a podcast celebrating women in the “geekverse” and outstanding contributions to genre. While many of the women explored in episodes are not household names, you might be familiar with their work. Learn who developed the sound of Vader’s breath, how Anne Gwynne pioneered the Scream Queen concept, and Jane Arden’s cinematic innovations in feminist films and theater – just to name a few. There are over 50 episodes to choose from, running under 20 minutes each.

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Seneca’s 100 Women to Hear

Listen to ‘Seneca’s 100 Women to Hear’

“Seneca’s 100 Women to Hear” features stories of women who impacted history, tore down barriers, and bridged political divides. In a recent episode, Dr. Kali Nicole Gross (historian at Emory University) highlighted overlooked Black women in history like Isabel de Olvera, Frances Thompson, and Alice Coachman. In February, an episode unpacked Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize-winning work. This podcast partners with iHeartRadio, and releases new episodes weekly.

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