Fill Your Ears With These Audiobooks, Playlists and Podcasts for IWD

Fill Your Ears With These Audiobooks, Playlists and Podcasts for IWD
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In case you haven’t noticed (and everyone should) it’s International Women’s Day. To celebrate this best day of days, we’ve rounded up some great women-led businesses to start shopping with, and some stellar female-led TV shows to satisfy your binge-watching needs.

Now, we’d also like to suggest some great women-centric audio adventures to listen to on this momentous day. Whether it be a podcast, audiobook or music playlist here are some great powerful females to fill your ears with this International Women’s Day.

Music playlists for IWD

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To celebrate IWD, Apple Music asked some of the world’s top female artists to curate their own playlists full of songs from other amazing women.

For every playlist, each artist also explains why these songs speak to them. For example, Cardi B chose Whitney Houston and Beyonce saying she feels ‘I’m Every Woman’ by Houston is “for every woman like me: wife, daughter, mother, stripper, provider, sister, boss, mogul. This song is for all those powerful women in the world.”

You can listen to specially crafted IWD playlists from a whole range of artists including Ariana Grande, Missy Higgins, Cara Delevigne, Tove Lo, St. Vincent, Loretta Lynn, Arlo Parks and heaps of other inspiring women from all around the world.

You can check out all these great playlists today on Apple Music.

Podcasts for IWD


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Here to serve young people the content they’ve always craved but haven’t found in mainstream media, female journalists Michelle and Zara bring it all each week.

We’ve always raised an eyebrow at how “men’s interests” have been treated as legitimate and serious (hello, the 78 different AFL talk shows), while hobbies that are stereotypically feminine – reality TV, social media, Hollywood – are widely regarded as silly and ridiculous. We adore our footy (or at least… Mich does), but we adore Love Island every bit as much. And we want to talk about that latest cheating scandal in a way that doesn’t make our audience feel stupid. Because you see, “dumb” stuff doesn’t have to be dumb.

Listen to Shameless on Spotify.

I Weigh with Jameela Jamil

What started with a social media post has become a movement, and now a podcast. On I Weigh, Jameela Jamil challenges society’s definition of worth through weight by asking different thought-leaders, performers, activists, influencers, and friends about how they are working through their past shames to find where their value truly lies. With hilarious and vulnerable conversations, I Weigh will amplify and empower diverse voices in an accessible way to celebrate progress, not perfection.

Listen on Apple Podcasts.

Debutante: Race, Resistance and Girl Power

They’re wearing ball gowns, they’re debutantes… and they’re black. The debs’ ball is a controversial colonial export but can it be empowering too? Australia’s most celebrated young playwright Nakkiah Lui and actress Miranda Tapsell put on their hats and gloves to find out. Nakkiah and Miranda are angry, young, vocal, Aboriginal and very, very funny. Join them on their journey, starting with a lesson on teatime etiquette in London where it all began, as they follow the debutante trail and discover that First Nations women across the globe have made this tradition their own.

Listen on Audible.

Audiobooks for IWD

Big Little Lies

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Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Listen on Audible.

The Yield

The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri, yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things: baayanha.

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind.

Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch’s The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.

Listen on Audible.

The Trauma Cleaner

Sarah Krasnostein’s The Trauma Cleaner, which won the Australian Prize for Literature in 2018, shares Parkhurst’s story in tender, heartbreaking detail. Narrator Rachel Tidd brings to life the story of a woman tormented by hostility and transphobic abuse, who managed to remain full of warmth and compassion towards society’s most vulnerable. At turns moving, enthralling and deeply upsetting, this fundamentally human story underscores Parkhurst’s remarkable strength and humour in the face of tragedy and adversity.

Listen on Audible.

See What You Made Me Do

Domestic abuse is a national emergency: one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was intimate with. But too often we ask the wrong question: why didn’t she leave? We should be asking: why did he do it? 

Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight. See What You Made Me Do is a deep dive into the abuse so many women and children experience – abuse that is often reinforced by the justice system they trust to protect them. Critically, it shows that we can drastically reduce domestic violence – not in generations to come, but today. 

Listen on Audible.

Julia Morris Makes it EASY

In this Audible Original that’s both hilarious and surprisingly helpful, Lady JMo introduces her very own EASY method, a system she devised to combat critics, avoid undesirable tasks, and, well, have a whole lot of fun doing it. Sharing wild showbiz anecdotes and offering tongue-in-cheek advice, Julia Morris guides listeners through the ins-and-outs of making life EASY – by Expecting nothing, building a protective suit of Armour to silence the naysayers, and putting a Stop to anything you object to, so you can finally have a life worthy of exclaiming ‘Yippie!’.  

Listen on Audible.

The Dressmaker

After 20 years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave. But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar.
Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat – the town’s only policeman, who harbours an unusual passion for fabrics – and a budding romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as reviled as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance. But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly’s mind is set on a darker design: exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion.

Listen on Audible.

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