6 podcasts to celebrate women’s voices on International Women’s Day

Here at The Drag, we’re all about elevating female voices and letting our students take initiative over the stories they want to tell. In a world where only 22% of podcasts are hosted by women, we are proud to be a podcasting house where 7 of our 13 employees are women and our two published podcasts are fully hosted by women. Furthermore, each of our upcoming projects is either fully hosted by women or has at least one female co-host.

And we love listening to podcasts that feature women’s voices and achievements. Check out our top podcast picks to help you celebrate International Women’s Day to the fullest.

“In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson”

Lady Bird Johnson made a huge impact on Texas and the nation, but most people never learned her story. Hosted by Julia Sweig, this podcast dives into Johnson’s audio diaries and her achievements during her husband’s administration.

“Carrier”

Female truck drivers are tough as nails, and the voice of Cynthia Erivo conveys this splendidly. This fictional podcast follows truck driver Raylene, who, while transporting a mysterious shipment, soon has to fight for her own survival. This thriller is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for an exhilarating, immersive story, “Carrier” is for you.

“Request Pending”

Sara Schleede is a one-woman show. Over the course of one summer, she put together a 9-episode podcast exploring the niche communities of the internet. 

“Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy”

You don’t need to love sports to listen to this ESPN podcast. Julie Foudy’s laughter and optimistic personality and love for highlighting the stories of trailblazers are all infectious. 

“The Orange Tree”

How could we forget our first podcast? “The Orange Tree,” hosted by Tinu Thomas and Haley Butler, dives into the story of Jennifer Cave, both her life and tragic death. It’s one of the first podcasts to take the time for sensitive storytelling in a genre where gory details tend to be exploited.

“Serial”

Step aside, Michael Barbaro. Podcasting, specifically true-crime podcasting, would not be what it is today without Sarah Koenig’s stellar work in “Serial.” Koenig is the catalyst that set the podcasting world aflame. She’s the reason I even started listening to podcasts, and I know many others would say the same.