Who We’re Listening to, Reading and Watching

October 2020

GlobalWoman is a world that champions and centres the lived experiences of all female-identifying people. This is what GlobalWoman Insiders from across the globe are reading, listening to and watching.



In this documentary, leading trans creatives and thinkers share heartfelt perspectives and analysis about Hollywood’s impact on the trans community.

As the NYTimes states,


“Early on in the plain-spoken documentary “Disclosure”, an interview subject, the actress Jen Richards, makes an acknowledgment and a recommendation. Every transgender person carries their own private record of what they saw in their youth that shaped their understanding of what it meant to be transgender. But to truly recognize one’s place in the cultural landscape, she says, it’s necessary to learn about the broader history of transgender representation onscreen.”

  • I think it was 2015 when I did B-School with Marie Forleo. The best thing I got out if it was community.


On the last weekend of May 2020, I checked into the B-School FB group where I saw conversation after conversation being shut down in regards to the murder of George Floyd. Many women, especially women of colour B-Schoolers, were wanting to discuss the issue. All those conversations were being shut down and the posts deleted. It was at this moment that I decided to leave the group for good.

The next day I came across fellow B-Schooler Rachel Roger’s nearly 22 min video, ‘The Good White Liberal Response’ in response to Marie Forleo’s lack of leadership and is a must-watch in reply to us ‘good white liberal women’.

  • Kimberly Jones, NAACP Image Award Nominated Author of I’m Not Dying With You Tonight Hosts, is the power behind the video ‘How Can We Win‘. 6 minutes and 46 seconds of eloquence and power. 

In this 20 minute Facebook Live, Rebecca shares the 1st steps to allyship and how she did the work to cultivate her voice and internal fortitude.

  • Rebecca Davidson has educated herself on white privilege and has insights and resources that can help other white women.
  • In her work Cyndi Darnell is dismantling shame around pleasure and centres pleasure.

Watch GlobalWoman In Conversation with Cyndi who is a NYC based, Australian born sex therapist who helps people to stop struggling & start loving. She shows people like you how to confidently take meaningful steps in life, relationships, intimacy and sexuality to create a life worth loving.

  • Hannah Gadsby re-emerges with her latest creation on Netflix, Douglas. The show’s title is  a jumping-off point to discuss the Pouch of Douglas, a vacant space in the female anatomy that 18th-century man-midwife James Douglas “discovered”. He duly planted his flag and named it.
  • Mrs America (Hulu) Mrs America with Cate Blanchett. I bought the series from iTunes. The story is set in the 1970’s with Cate playing Phyllis Schlafly, who held staunchly conservative social and political views, opposed feminism and abortion. Mrs America is about her successful campaigned against ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which to this day has not been passed.

Ms. Blanchett is mesmerising in the lead role. 

  • Unorthodox (Netflix) is a 4 part series that tells the story of a 19 year old Hasidic woman who leaves her marriage to a young Hasidic man, and moves to Berlin. Watching the first episode I got triggered and had to switch off. I returned the next night and was then able to sit with Etsy’s journey as she makes her way to finding a life that is hers.

The actress, Shira Haas, who plays Etsy is amazing.


With Mercury currently retrograde, now is the time to listen to this podcast about the significations of Mercury, the astronomy of Mercury retrograde periods, shadow periods, and share some stories about how we have seen these periods manifest in the past.

  • The aforementioned Cyndi Darnell has a new podcast and we love all of it starting with the title, The Erotic Philosopher

The Erotic Philosopher explores sex and pleasure in modern relationships & lives. Join Cyndi in solving erotic quandaries through social, cultural, somatic, political and other lenses with the world’s wisest erotic philosophers

  • The Chicks, formerly The Dixie Chicks, have a new name and new music.

In releasing their new song, ‘March March‘, The Chicks stated simply that ‘we want to meet this moment’.

The History Chicks are two women, Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider, who have for 10 years+ have been debriefing several thousand years of history over an hour.

On this episode, the three women discuss the Aboriginal history with the debutante ball that reaches back to the 1967 referendum.

Listening to this rich tapestry of narrative on empowerment versus entitlement, individualism and what it looks like to have big conversations that matters. Ericka and Desiree bring their fire for justice as well as their playfulness in a dialogue that will leave you wanting to do better.

  • Taking Up Space – Building the City we Deserve. The conversation takes place around talking about urban space – and, ultimately, the intellectual work we have to do before we can even begin to talk about building anything.
  • Inflection Point podcast, specifically when Lauren interviews Jessica Reeves, the editorial director at the Centre on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League.
  • Broadside: Tressie McMillan Cottom, interviewed by Aminatou Sow.

In this episode, recorded at the inaugural Broadside Festival of Feminist Ideas in Melbourne 2019, McMillan Cottom joins Aminatou Sow to discuss her work and career – including navigating academia, the publishing industry and addressing perceptions of how her work fits into various categories.

  • Unlocking Us: Brené Brown’s new podcast. Fave episode so far is Tarana Burke and Brené on Being Heard and Seen

In this episode Tarana talks about how her theory of “empowerment through empathy” is changing the way the world thinks and talks about sexual violence, consent, and social justice. AND, they also talk/cry/laugh about falling in love, running as fast as they can from love, and the perils of sharing a bathroom with the guys they love.

  • On Recode Decode, Kara Swisher talks with Numa Perrier and Tiffany Tenille, the director and star of the Netflix film Jezebel.

They discuss how the rise of digital filmmaking has opened doors for directors of colour like Perrier, how Tenille educated herself about life on the early internet, and how state and local regulators wrestled with the rise of digital peep shows

We’d love to hear from you as to what you’re enjoying watching, reading and listening to right now. Share with us below. 


  • Inside GlobalWoman, we’re reading ‘So You Want to Talk About Race’ by Ijeoma Oluo to learn the daily habit of becoming anti-racist.

International: Purchase 

Australia: Purchase ‘So You Want to Talk About Race’

  • In 2013, Alicia Garza coined the phrase “Black lives matter” and in doing so co-founded Black Lives Matter. Today, people around the world are joining the movement she co-founded.
  • Arundhati Roy’s essay in the FT, ‘The Pandemic is a Portal. The novelist on how coronavirus threatens India — and what the country, and the world, should do next.
  • Three Women – Lisa Taddeo (Fiction)
  • Girl, Woman, Other – Bernadine Evaristo (Fiction)
  • The Five – The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper. Author Hallie Rubenbold (Fiction)
  • Women & Power, A Manifesto – Mary Beard (Non-Fiction)
  • The Witches are Coming – Lindy West (Non-Fiction)
  • Invisible Women, Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – Carolone Criado Perez (Non-Fiction)

Yamini – Founder GlobalWoman 


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