Celebrate International Women’s Day with These Listens

March 8 is International Women’s Day, an opportunity to honor the incredible achievements of women from around the world. In celebration, we’ve put together a list of audiobooks by women who empower those around them through storytelling. To see our full International Women’s Day booklist, click here.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Shana Knizhnik and Irin Carmon, narrated by Andi Arndt

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame—she has only tried to make the world a little better and a little freer.

Notorious RBG draws on intimate access to Ginsburg’s family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well as an interview with the Justice herself. The book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides.

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Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History by Blair Imani, narrated by January Lavoy and Blair Imani

With a radical and inclusive approach to history, Modern HERstory profiles and celebrates seventy women and nonbinary women, girls, and gender nonbinary champions of progressive social change in a bold audiobook for all ages.

Hear about the people who have changed—and are still changing—the world, from the Civil Rights Movement and Stonewall riots through Black Lives Matter and beyond.

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The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West, narrated by Lindy West

In this wickedly funny cultural critique, the author of the critically acclaimed memoir and Hulu series Shrill exposes misogyny in the #MeToo era. 

From the moment powerful men started falling to the #MeToo movement, the lamentations began: this is feminism gone too far, this is injustice, this is a witch hunt. In The Witches Are Coming, firebrand author Lindy West turns that refrain on its head. 

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Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly, narrated by Soraya Chemaly

Women are often urged to bottle up their anger, letting it corrode their bodies and minds in ways we don’t even realize. In Rage Becomes Her, Soraya Chemaly argues that anger is not only justified, it is also an active part of the solution. 

Approached with conscious intention, anger is a vital instrument, a radar for injustice and a catalyst for change. On the flip side, the societal and cultural belittlement of our anger is a cunning way of limiting and controlling our power—one we can no longer abide.

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The Watergate Girl by Jill Wine-Banks, narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Jill Wine-Banks

Obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire as a Watergate prosecutor.

It is impossible to read about the crimes of Richard Nixon and the people around him without drawing parallels to today’s headlines. The book is also the story of a young woman who sought to make her professional mark while trapped in a failing marriage, buffeted by sexist preconceptions, and harboring secrets of her own. 

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This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins, narrated by Morgan Jerkins

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today.

Morgan Jerkins has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’t afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to “be”—to live as, to exist as—a black woman today?

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