Get Inspired by these “Voices of Action” this Women’s History Month

Actress Alba Flores stands in a studio recording the audio memoir "Mujer de Frontera" for Audible Spain. She has her hands holding the sides of the stand in front of her and a large microphone hangs down before her. She has headphones on and is wearing a purple and black sweater.

“There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind,” Virginia Woolf wrote in A Room of One’s Own in 1929. Those words remain a rallying cry for women today, and Woolf’s game-changing writing is why she’s one of our Women’s History Month’s “Voices of Action”—our theme for amplifying women who challenge, champion and create change.

These are some of the highlights from the exciting new original stories we’re sharing around the globe and the meaningful discussions we’re having with our creatives and employees to celebrate this month.

New Original Stories
The cover art for the Audible Exclusive "Mujer de Frontera" from Audible Spain has the outline of a woman's profile set against a gray backdrop with the title and author spelled out. Within the women's profile is a sunset seen through a chain link fence with barbed wire on top.

In honor of International Women’s Day, our teams in the UK, Japan, Italy and Spain released exciting new stories by and about powerful women. Like Helena Maleno whose life was changed when she went to Morocco nearly two decades ago to fight for the rights of migrants trying to reach Europe. Her story as a human rights defender, Mujer de Frontera, is performed by actress Alba Flores and told exclusively on Audible Spain. It was offered free on March 8 in honor of International Women’s Day.

The cover art for the Audible Original "L'ombra Delle Donne" has an illustration of two women's faces painted in multiple colors with the title's name and author in the middle.

Audible Italy’s new podcast, L’ombra Delle Donne, shines a light on 12 women who have faced adversity. Each of the podcast’s episodes focuses on one of the women’s stories, and explores issues like domestic violence, rape, in vitro fertilization, plastic surgery, illness and more, as told to Grazia De Sensei who participated in the Audible Academy, which trains new audio storytelling talent in Italy.

The cover art for two Audible Originals from Japan feature young Japanese women on their covers.

Japanese authors Mieko Kawakami’s and Shion Miura’s new audio-first releases were announced as well—and these titles will be among the first original content from Audible Japan to be translated and shared globally.

A text contains a number of sounds—the sound of being read aloud, the hum of silent reading, the echo of textual patterns the letters weave. Depending on who is doing the reading, a completely different rhythm can be born. I feel a thrill when I think of my work as being delivered first through someone’s voice, rather than as written text, as if I am encountering an unknown landscape. What colors will the stories take on? How will the images and atmospheres transform? I can’t wait to find out.
Mieko Kawakami
The cover art for Audible UK's "The Virginia Woolf Collection" features the title's name and the names of the actresses performing in it, like Tilda Swinton and Kristin Scott Thomas, set against a dark background with large colorful peonies.

Listeners can also enjoy Virginia Woolf’s most famous work in a new collection produced by Audible UK that showcases the iconic feminist who changed everyone’s thoughts about what writing could be. With an all-star cast, it includes: Mrs. Dalloway performed by Kristin Scott Thomas; To The Lighthouse narrated by Jessie Buckley; A Room Of One’s Own performed by Tilda Swinton; and a multi-cast production of The Waves with Vanessa Kirby, Adetomiwa Edun, Andrea Riseborough, Tracy Ifeachor, Samuel Barnett, Johnny Flynn and Juliet Stevenson.

The cover art for the Audible Original "Women Unlocked" features the title name and the name of the comedians in it against a bright blue background.

Audible UK also released a new Audible Original, Women Unlocked, which brings some of the country's biggest female comedy stars together, including Estelle, Lolly Adefope and Sheila Hancock, as they invite listeners into their homes for uplifting chats that reveal the survival tips they’ve learned throughout lockdown, and what they’re looking forward to in 2021.

Wild Swan cover art
Wild SwanBy: Patti Callahan / Narrated by: Cynthia Erivo

To continue the storytelling, we’re also offering Wild Swan, an Audible Original about the life of Florence Nightingale, narrated by Tony award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo, as this month’s Alexa listening event. US listeners only need to ask, “Alexa, what’s free from Audible?” to have it streaming on their Alexa devices.

Against a watercolor ombre background that fades between shades of red, pink and purple, there is the silhouette of a woman's head shown in profile and another of a young woman standing while reading a book.
Important Discussions

Our employee-led impact groups—Women@Audible, Moms@Audible and Women in Technology—banded together worldwide to host a series of panels and events for employees and listeners that connect, inspire, challenge inequality, and create change at Audible and within our communities.

This has included:

  • An Audible Live with New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth and musician, writer, and book club host Amerie.
  • Conversations for employees with bestselling authors, journalists and podcasters Caitlyn Moran, Pandora Sykes and Bryony Gordon, and Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené.
  • Panels, workshops and documentary watch parties with women across the company on everything from the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Twitter’s API, and representation in our content to overcoming leadership obstacles.

Our editors have also put together curated lists around “Voices of Action” that listeners can dive into and enjoy this month, and all year round.


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