Jenny Kaplan is an award-winning journalist and the CEO and co-founder of Wonder Media Network, an audio-first media company focused on uplifting underrepresented voices. She’s created a list celebrating women’s mark on history.
Too often history is retold with male figures front and center, and the accomplishments of women fall by the wayside. This list includes podcasts that feature stories about influential women who made a mark and should be remembered.
Unladylike is educational, well-researched and hilarious. Hosts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervi provide a safe space for feminists who want to break the mold.
Episode Recommendation: How to Get a Yoga Body with Jessamyn Stanley
This podcast about America’s sweetheart Dolly Parton is also about radical forgiveness, love, and community. Told intimately by RadioLab founder Jad Abumrad and the show’s producer Shima Oliaee, Dolly Parton’s America is an uplifting listen in an increasingly polarized world.
Episode Recommendation: Dolly Parton’s America
In just 5 minutes a day, Encyclopedia Womannica (hosted by yours truly) tells the stories of women from throughout history and around the world who you may not know about — but definitely should! It’s an educational podcast that highlights groundbreaking women you’ll wish you learned about in school.
Episode Recommendation: Beautiful Minds: Hannah Arendt
This is a podcast that highlights every kind of woman through an intersectional lens. Hosts Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman speak with insightful women about everything from current events to sex education. Call Your Girlfriend will make you want to hug your friends.
Episode Recommendation: Adult Sex Ed
This daily podcast examines historical events that happened on the day of each episode release. From the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to the day the 19th Amendment was ratified, HistoryPod features an array of events involving revolutionary women.
Episode Recommendation: 16th August 1858: Queen Victoria sends the first transatlantic telegram
This informative show explores the biographies of revolutionary figures in history from Marie Curie to Queen Victoria.
Episode Recommendation: Famous Fates: Marilyn Monroe
How to Be a Girl thoughtfully examines the joys and hurdles of raising a transgender daughter. Host Marlo Mack invites listeners into her unique and complex experience with motherhood. It’s informative, engaging, and profoundly touching.
Episode Recommendation: Episode XXX: Emma at last
This podcast explores the challenges and perspectives of womanhood, diving into topics related to structural oppression and gender norms. Hosts Emilie Aries and Bridget Todd candidly discuss feminism and the ways in which it affects a woman’s personhood.
Episode Recommendation: What does it mean to be ‘Unladylike’ in 2018?
This podcast celebrates the achievements of neglected women in history in a way that’s both funny and accessible. It’ll make you wish the hosts, Brittany and Erika, taught your high school history classes.
Episode Recommendation: Mary Todd Lincoln
In 2020, women are not in the US Constitution…and they never have been. Ordinary Equality tells the story of the Equal Rights Amendment, a landmark amendment that passed, failed, was resurrected, and now has the potential to change US history once and for all.
Episode Recommendation: Foot Soldiers of the Patriarchy
The Women features long-form interviews with courageous trailblazers. Host Rose Reid talks to remarkable women about success, failure, and breaking ground.
Episode Recommendation: Valerie Plame: From the CIA to Running for Congress
The History Chicks is as educational as it is enjoyable. Using in-depth research, hosts Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider highlight the revolutionary women who came before us.
Episode Recommendation: Florence Nightingale
Hosts Holly and Tracy have a thoughtful commitment to inclusion and addressing aspects of history that may have been forgotten. It’s a must listen for anyone who loves history.
Episode Recommendation: Chien-Shiung Wu, First Lady of Physics