Call Your Girlfriend is a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere co-hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, and produced by Gina Delvac. Every week, Aminatou and Ann call each other to discuss the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics. Since launching in 2014, we’ve built an audience of hundreds of thousands of listeners per episode. We’re highbrow and lowbrow, fiercely opinionated, and not afraid to realtalk each other about everything from menstrual cycles and body shaming to the Cheeto in Chief and workplace drama with devastating wit. We highlight women who are agents, creators, movers, and shakers who have smart, interesting things to say. We also care deeply about the lived experiences of non-famous women who are just trying to get through the week. We’re here for every facet of women’s humanity.
What we believe
We are unapologetic feminists who support everyone’s right to autonomy over their own body. We believe that friendship—particularly among women and femme-identified people—is a defining, important, and powerful relationship, and that conversations among friends can be the source of incredible social and political power. Women sharing their experiences with each other is a potentially life-changing act. It’s also really fucking fun. That’s one reason we aim to foster bonds among women of different ages and backgrounds. We believe in collective action against structural inequality, because we’re all just trying to get free together. The revolution will be well-fed, and probably wearing either sweatpants or a caftan.
How we work
We practice Shine Theory, which means we believe that when one of us shines, we all do. Our default is collaboration, not competition. We believe in giving people credit and paying people fairly. We also believe in paying ourselves, which means we accept advertising dollars and sell merchandise and tickets to our live events. We recognize that all money is dirty, but we also apply an ethical framework to our decisions and make every effort to work with businesses that consider the ethical implications of their choices, too. We believe in holding people accountable when they fall short of our expectations and invite our listeners to do the same. We work hard, relax hard, and snack hard.
About us, individually
Aminatou is a digital strategist, writer, influencer, and co-founder of Tech LadyMafia. She was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in tech. She lives in Brooklyn.
Ann is a freelance journalist, a columnist for New York magazine and the Los Angeles Times, and a contributing editor to The Gentlewoman. She sends a really fun weekly email newsletter. She lives in Los Angeles.
Gina is a radio and podcast producer extraordinaire. She has worked in public radio, tech, and now gets to make her favorite show with Aminatou and Ann. Gina lives in her hometown and favorite city, Los Angeles.
The rest of Team CYG:
- Ad sales: Midroll
- Associate Producer: Destry Maria Sibley
- Merch Director: Caroline Knowles
- Visual Creative Director: Kenesha Sneed
- Composer: Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs
- Editorial Assistant: Laura Bertocci
What people are saying about us:
- “Put it on your speed dial” -Entertainment Weekly
- “Seriously, this is a Big Important Podcast, and if you don’t like it, you should fear immolation in Beyoncé’s feminist fire.” -BuzzFeed
- “From feminism to fashion, their completely relevant ranting leaves us feeling warm, fuzzy, and inspired.” -Bust
- “Funny, warm and engaging.” -The Guardian
- “It’s witty, warm and welcoming, just like your IRL friendships and each episode is strongly edited to allow for a quick listen on your morning commute.” -HelloGiggles
- “Like eavesdropping on a witty gabfest that covers everything from midterm elections to female Viagra.“ -Los Angeles magazine
- “Download immediately.” -ELLE UK
Our live events have the same fast-paced conversations, laugh-so-hard-you-snort moments, and biting pop-culture commentary that listeners have come to expect from our podcast, with a few surprises thrown in. Listeners often bring their friends along—and we invite special guests, too—which means our shows feel more like happy hour with your besties than a typical live-audio experience.