Be Inspired by These Podcasts and Audiobooks that Showcase the Awesomeness of Women

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For this year’s Women’s History Month, I’m curating a list of on-going stories featuring women who are making history for themselves and those around them. I hope that learning about these experiences will inspire you to do more good as well. And since this list wouldn’t be nearly as impactful without contributions from actual women, I’ve listed the support and recommendations from Slickdeals’ very own women’s employee resource group.

The list below specifically focuses on podcasts and audiobooks because, with our busy lives, I think there’s a better chance of you listening to these stories while driving or multi-tasking. Curling up with a book is always a good time, but recently I find it easier to take in a quick episode or chapter on my Nest Audio smart speaker or the Nest Hub Max smart display that’s conveniently in my office, where I spend most of my day. It’s easy to use voice commands and have Google Assistant, Siri, or Alexa start one of these titles or resume exactly where you left off, eliminating the dread of having to set aside a specific time period to read.

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In no particular order, here are some of our favorite stories that celebrate and echo the wide-ranging achievements and contributions of women everywhere.

dear girls ali wong

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dear girls by Ali Wong

Audiobook: Google Play | Audible

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“Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male- dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.”

becoming michelle obama

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coming by Michelle Obama

Audiobook: Google Play | Audible

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“In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story of her as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations – and whose story inspires us to do the same.”

add to cart podcast

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Add to Cart with Kulap Vilaysack & SuChin Pak

Podcasts: Google Podcasts | Apple Podcasts

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“Join the hosts of Add to Cart, comedian-writer-director Kulap Vilaysack and veteran journalist SuChin Pak, in a subversive take on consumerism. Each week, they have honest, revealing (sometimes TMI) conversations about all the big and little things they’re adding to, or removing from, their carts. They decide what’s worth the monetary/emotional investment, and what’s not. From beauty products and health trends, to celebrities and philosophies they’re passionate about, our hosts dig into anything we buy into and what it says about who we are.”

crying in h mart

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Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Audiobook: Google Play | Audible

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“In this exquisite story of family, food, grief and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother de ella would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food. As she grew up, moving to the east coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, performing gigs with her fledgling band – and meeting the man who would become her husband – her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, when Michelle was 25, that forced a reckoning with her de ella identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language and history her mother de ella had given her.

i weigh with jameela jamil

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I Weigh with Jameela Jamil

Podcasts: Google Podcasts | Apple Podcasts

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“What started as a social media post has become a mental health movement, and now a podcast. On I WEIGH, Jameela Jamil challenges societal norms through conversations with thought-leaders, performers, activists, influencers, and friends about their own experiences and stories with their mental health. With hilarious and vulnerable conversations, I WEIGH amplifies and empowers diverse voices in an accessible way to celebrate progress, not perfection.”

the last black unicorn

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The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Audiobook: Google Play | Audible

Publisher:

“Tiffany can’t avoid being funny: It’s just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays – it’s a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams de ella by revealing in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter. ”

be there in five podcast

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Be There in Five – Kate Kennedy

Podcasts: Google Podcasts | Apple Podcasts

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“Be There in Five is a pop culture and millennial zeitgeist-focused podcast by Kate Kennedy (entrepreneur, author, pop culture commentator). Long-form and solo hosted, Be There in Five explores different facets of popular culture in a comedic, thoughtful, and analytical way, covering entertainment, social media, bloggers/influencers, and celebrities, in addition to focusing on the humor found in reexamining the 90s/00s as an adult (from AIM to Zenon).”

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