Happy International Women's Day! There's a lot to celebrate today -- remarkable women everywhere are making strides like never before. But there's also a lot to think about. Back in 2014, the World Economic Forum predicted global gender parity would be reached by 2095. Just last year, setbacks around the world meant their projection needed some adjusting. They now estimate that the gender gap won't be closed until 2133, nearly 120 years from now. That's a problem. So today, I'll definitely be pledging for parity along with the United Nations. I'll also be celebrating amazing women everywhere by listening to these ten great podcast episodes.
Amy Schumer from How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black [June 23, 2015, 1 hour]. Actress, comedian, and writer Amy Schumer sits down with host Michael Ian Black to discuss gender politics, how beautiful people get absurd allowances, and regrettable jokes.
Gloria Steinem Finds Herself Free Of The 'Demands of Gender' from Fresh Air [Oct. 26, 2015, 37 minutes]. The iconic feminist discusses her career, her unconventional childhood, and how she's still pushing boundaries at the age of 81.
Hari Nef from Oh Boy by Man Repeller [Jan. 5, 2016, 50 minutes]. Groundbreaking actress and model Hari Nef speaks about her run on the second season of Transparent, plus how different the film industry would be if more women were in positions of power.
I Enjoy Being A Girl, Sort Of from This American Life [April 10, 1998, 59 minutes]. Stories about what it means to be a woman, including one from a polygamist who's living "the ultimate feminist lifestyle."
Malala's Story from The Documentary [Oct. 11, 2013, 23 minutes]. Teenager Malala Yousafzai insists she's an ordinary Pakistani schoolgirl while talking to the BBC's Mishal Husain about her Nobel Peace Prize and the right of all girls to an education.
Miss Subways from Radio Diaries [Dec. 22, 2014, 11 minutes] New Yorkers celebrate the everyday working girl in the mid-1900s with a contest that promotes the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of the city's subway riders.
Sheree Waterson, CEO Nasty Gal from #Girlboss Radio [Nov. 12, 2015, 32 minutes]. Sheree Waterson walks us through her twenty-five year rise in the retail world from holiday gift-wrapper to CEO, sharing her best leadership tips along the way.
The First Woman to Run For President -- in 1872 from All Things Considered [Oct. 13, 2008, 8 minutes]. Victoria Woodhull runs for president in the late 1800s, when women in America don't even have the right to vote.
Wangari Maathai from The #HerStory Podcast [March 31, 2014, 16 minutes]. Host Rebecca Price and guest Bonnie Koenig chat about the legacy of activist Wangari Maathai, creator of Kenya's Green Belt Movement and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Price.