International Women's Day 2021

Women's Day 2021

On 8 March we join millions worldwide to celebrate the achievements of women, while also tasking ourselves to challenge injustice and change the world. This year to mark International Women's Day we've teamed up with 12 brilliant, funny women to create an uplifting podcast Women Unlocked - find out more below.. Plus discover the listens writers Yomi Adegoke, Elizabeth Uviebinené and Pandora Sykes recommend alongside a curated selection of literature written by, and celebrating, women below.

Uplifting stories

To mark International Women's Day for 2021 Audible has teamed up with 12 talented women who were all happy to catch up remotely. In Women Unlocked they share their stories of the past year and beyond, and discuss their dreams and plans for the future. From Sandi Toksvig and Sheila Hancock on busting 60s sexism and the perils of a long walk with a small bladder, to London Hughes and Estelle on living the American dream and manifesting a better love life in lockdown, these brilliantly funny women talk everything from the horrors of home schooling to the joys of piña coladas. Tune in for the survival tips they've honed during lockdown and an exploration of how they want the world to change for women.

Featuring Bethany Black, Deborah Frances-White, Estelle, Jen Brister, Lolly Adefope, London Hughes, Sandi Toksvig, Sara Pascoe, Shappi Khorsandi, Sheila Hancock, Susan Calman and Susan Wokoma.

One audiobook. Four stories.

Born into an affluent household in Victorian London, Virginia Woolf defied convention. Despite being unable to, as a woman, obtain a degree she studied classics and history at the ladies department of Kings College London and began writing in 1900. A founding member of the Bloomsbury Group of like-minded intellectuals, she later set up her own publisher - the Hogarth Press - with husband Leonard Woolf. Across essays, letters, novels and biographies, and latterly feminist criticism, Woolf was known as a trailblazing author and her influence continues to this day.

Listen to four of her works - Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, A Room of One's Own and The Waves - in an audiobook collection performed by an all-star cast including Tilda Swinton, Jessie Buckley, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vanessa Kirby, Adetomiwa Edun, Andrea Riseborough, Tracy Ifeachor, Samuel Barnett, Johnny Flynn and Juliet Stevenson.

The female experience in Sour Hall

Lydia, Audible's commissioning editor for scripted content highlights how identity is explored in this recently released podcast: One of the many things I love about Sour Hall is the breadth and intersectionality of the female experience that it’s able to explore. Ash’s experience at Sour Hall in particular is informed by issues of queerness, Blackness, and fertility.

But what I really love is that while it explores these areas of womanhood that are often presented in terms of their challenges, the series also finds so much joy directly related to these identities. It turns the tropes we usually see for these groups and themes upside down in Laura Kirwan Ashman’s signature hopepunk style, which when applied to Horror is truly subversive.

Based on a short story written by Naomi Booth for Hag, a collection of forgotten folk lore, retold as feminist fables Sour Hall follows George and Ash, an interracial lesbian couple who move to an isolated farm high up on the Yorkshire moors. In this bleak setting the couple are tormented by a boggart determined to exacerbate the sources of their pain and gorge on their energy.

Listen to Sour Hall

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