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International Women’s Day Audio & Reading List

Our recruitment agency is proud to be a woman owned & operated firm that is also currently staffed entirely by women.  To honour International Women’s Day we asked the team to share some of their favourite podcast episodes and recent reads.  Podcasts have been popular for many of the staff for some time but have found a new place in the work-from-home environment and books continue to be a reliable companion.


99% Invisible Episode, 363: Invisible Women. This episode of 99% Invisible is a preview of the book, Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. While the episode only touches the surface, Invisible Women does a deep dive into data bias and how it impacts the lives of women, publicly and privately. It’s an interesting and eye opening episode about the book that when read, that will change the way you think about how design works and how it influences aspects of our lives.

We Answer Questions from Early Career Listeners. Harvard Business Review’s Women at Work podcast is worth checking out overall, but if you’re fresh out of school or early in your career, this episode is worth checking out. 

ActOne Group: Janice Bryant Howroyd (2018) : How I Built This with Guy Raz. Janice Bryant Howroyd was once a temp who is now known to most as the first African American woman to build and own a billion dollar company, ActOne Group. This insightful interview tells the story about how Janice grew the company to what it is today; from a short trip to LA that ended up in the cultivation of an HR empire.


The Vanishing Half — Brit Bennett. With complex characters that draw you in, The Vanishing Half is a fascinating story about family across two generations. The book takes on race, gender and self-identity and takes the reader through a range of emotions, from sadness to hope.

Stones from the River | Book by Ursula Hegi. A heartbreaking but beautiful read, Stones from the River conveys the journey of a little girl with dwarfism growing up in Germany during World War II. This book delivers a picture of what it was like to live in World War II era Germany during the Nazi takeover and what it meant for German residents. 

Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou. A woman that requires no introduction, this collection of short essays is best described by letting her words do the heavy lifting:

“Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives. The struggle for equality continues unabated, and the woman warrior who is armed with wit and courage will be among the first to celebrate victory.”

Happy International Women’s Day!