At Audible, we're committed to elevating women's voices. What better time to shine a light on the women who have influenced us than Women's History Month?
Audible UK kicked things off by hosting the first ever women's event at The Savile Club, one of London's oldest male-only clubs founded in 1868. Hosted by National Book Award winner, Sunday Times best-selling author, activist and broadcaster Scarlett Curtis, the event celebrated the launch of the Audible Original To the Woman, a series of intimate letters from extraordinary women to themselves and others, with a panel discussion that included TV presenter Julie Sarpong, author Lisa Luxx, and activist Sangeeta Pillai.
Audible India also celebrated female trailblazers, highlighting 56 Indian women from across history in Like a Girl: Real Stories for Tough Kids. The Audible book shares the stories of luminaries like Mary Kom, a record-breaking boxing champion, and celebrity chef and LGBTQIA activist Ritu Dalmia, who is also one of the audiobook's narrators. Other narrators include actors Rasika Dugal and Suchitra Pillai and social entrepreneur Kirthi Jayakumar.
Titles like these and more were showcased by our US editorial team in a collection of essential audiobooks—from contemporary and classic fiction, to modern-day manifestos and heartfelt memoirs—that delve into the breadth of women's experience. The collection includes Paula McLain's A Mind of Her Own, one of our March Original Members Benefit selections. McLain, the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun, based her story on Marie Curie's autobiography and letters, offering listeners a window into the woman who did not yet know the profound mark she would leave on the world.
Audible employees also shared their stories. Affinity group Women@Audible hosted an International Women's Day event at our offices in Newark to raise awareness around the day's 2019 theme, “Balance for Better,” and to encourage employees to share how they achieve balance—both in person and via recordings shared with colleagues. In Cambridge, Audible hosted a similar event with Amazon Women in Engineering with a focus on self-promotion in the workplace. More events will be held at Audible's offices throughout March including a mindfulness workshop and an afternoon “Netwalking” event where Audible employees will connect with women from the Newark business community and attend a curated tour at the Newark Museum. To see more on how Audible is recognizing and celebrating women this month, and all year long, follow along on Instagram and Twitter.
Highlights from coverage of Audible's International Women's Day releases and celebrations: