The Restart Project is at least half powered by women. And we are proud to go the extra mile to recruit women volunteers and role models, to attempt to remedy the gender imbalances that are programmed so early on.
But when we started listening to Suw Charman-Anderson’s “Ada Lovelace Day” podcast featuring women in technical fields, we viscerally understood the power of hearing a stream of women be technical. We binge-listened these voices for hours and hours, and it had this amazing effect on us. It’s healing, it’s inspirational, and it’s empowering. It helps us imagine the world as it could be, with greater balance in science, technology, engineering, and maths fields. It helps us discover that many women have unconventional and circuitous paths, and that this is something to celebrate.
Our own radio has featured women over the years not because we felt some duty to, but because they are an integral part of the story we need to tell. Live on our show, we’ve talked about iconic women from the first computer programmer Ada Lovelace to Elinor Ostrom, the only women to have won a Nobel prize for Economics.
We have interviewed and learnt from women geeks, fixers, innovators and leaders, with backgrounds ranging from design, academia, community repair or policy work.
So here it comes. To mark International Women’s Day, we’ve put together a list of our women’s radio shows. More than 10 hours of audio of kick-ass women who are helping to flip our throw-away economy on its head.