11 episodes

Why Not Her? is all about amplifying the voices of womxn across the entertainment, arts, creative, political and activism world. The Podcast series is hosted by Linda Coogan Byrne who is a leading Culture Changer figure in Gender, Diversity and Equality within the music and entertainment industry. Her groundbreaking Data Reports, that highlight Gender & Racial Disparity within the music industry, have been viewed by over 150 million people worldwide. She has been featured in the likes of The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, Tatler and many more publications in the UK, Ireland and globally. Known for her candid, witty yet down to earth interviewing style, Linda presents this podcast that draws you in and connects you instantly with the guests. Sit back and enjoy the banter. You might learn something along the way! For more info on Why Not Her? check out www.whynother.eu Music used in this podcast is by Ooyy Come 2gether
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Why Not Her‪?‬ Gender & Diversity Activist Linda Coogan Byrne

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Why Not Her? is all about amplifying the voices of womxn across the entertainment, arts, creative, political and activism world. The Podcast series is hosted by Linda Coogan Byrne who is a leading Culture Changer figure in Gender, Diversity and Equality within the music and entertainment industry. Her groundbreaking Data Reports, that highlight Gender & Racial Disparity within the music industry, have been viewed by over 150 million people worldwide. She has been featured in the likes of The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, Tatler and many more publications in the UK, Ireland and globally. Known for her candid, witty yet down to earth interviewing style, Linda presents this podcast that draws you in and connects you instantly with the guests. Sit back and enjoy the banter. You might learn something along the way! For more info on Why Not Her? check out www.whynother.eu Music used in this podcast is by Ooyy Come 2gether
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    Parenthood or not? with Linda Kelly and Margaret O Connor

    Parenthood or not? with Linda Kelly and Margaret O Connor

    On today's show, Linda Coogan Byrne chats with special guests Margaret O'Connor, a Counsellor & Psychotherapist specialising in helping people with the decision to have children or not and Linda Kelly, a media spokesperson for the #bettermaternitycare campaign, which is focused on the experience of women attending maternity services during Covid-19. Tune in a learn about the choices you have on whether or not to become a parent and what it looks like becoming a parent during Covid_19.
    For more information on today's guests please see the links below:
    Linda Kelly: https://lindabkelly.ie
    Margaret O'Connor: Are Kids For Me? https://www.arekidsforme.ie
    This podcast was hosted by Linda Coogan Byrne. For more information on Linda see: www.lindacooganbyrne.com
    If you have an unwanted pregnancy and are affected by this please check out the HSE Guidelines for your options:
    https://www2.hse.ie/unplanned-pregnancy
    Why not join or find out more about Why Not Her? and the work we do over at www.whynother.net 
    Music by TimTaj
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    • 55 min
    Dorothy Carvello

    Dorothy Carvello

    Dorothy Carvello knows all about the music biz. She was the first female A&R executive at Atlantic Records, and one of the few in the room at RCA and Columbia. But before that, she was secretary to Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic’s infamous president, who signed acts like Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin, negotiated distribution deals with Mick Jagger, and added Neil Young to Crosby, Stills & Nash.

    In the memoir ‘Anything for a Hit’, Dorothy details her experience of toxic work culture during her career as a record executive The stories she tells about the kingmakers of the music industry are outrageous, but it is her sinuous friendship with Ahmet that frames her narrative. He was notoriously abusive, sexually harassing Dorothy on a daily basis.

    Carvello reveals here how she flipped the script and showed Ertegun and every other man who tried to control her that a woman can be just as willing to do what it takes to get a hit. The book features never-before-heard stories about artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Steven Tyler, Bon Jovi, INXS, Marc Anthony, Phil Collins, and many more, this book is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered what it's really like to be a woman in a male-dominated industry.  And Why Not Her? are delighted that Dorothy took the time to speak to host Linda Coogan Byrne on the podcast. 

    There are issues of sexual assault and rape in this podcast if you are affected by any issues raised please feel free to contact the below helplines:


    Victim Connect (USA)

    The Rape Crisis Centre (Ireland)

    Samaritans (UK)

    Why not join the movement over at www.whynother.net

    Music by TimTaj








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    • 41 min
    Activism & Campaigning for Equality.

    Activism & Campaigning for Equality.

    In Season Two, Episode One we reflect on the Why Not Her? campaign work and our most recently published report on 20 Years of the Irish Singles Charts. 

    Podcast Host Linda Coogan Byrne chats candidly with fellow campaigners Margaret E Ward (Mags) a well-known entrepreneur, journalist and broadcaster based in Dublin, Ireland and Winnie Ama, a Singer and Performer, a team member at Why Not Her and a professional Data Analyst.

    We would like you to check out some of the wonderful collectives who are working towards change in Ireland as we strive for equality and diversity:
    https://womenonair.iehttps://whynother.nethttps://www.nwci.iehttps://www.fairple.comhttps://wft.ieWhy not join the movement over at www.whynother.net

    Music used in this podcast is by Ooyy Come 2gether


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Lewis Barfoot & Laura Whalen

    Lewis Barfoot & Laura Whalen

    On today's episode, we chat about channelling our feminine and divine healing energies with guests Lewis Barfoot - a thespian of many sorts ranging from acting, writing and performing and hosting empowering workshops for womxn to reconnect with their divine goddess energies and we also have artist and craftworker Laura Whalen a professional dollmaker who found the power of healing through the ancient craft.

    Have you ever wanted to reconnect with your inner child? or indeed discover the goddess within? Then sit back and press play and be enlightened by today's show and guests. 

    Books mentioned in this podcast:
    "Braving the Wilderness" -  by Brené Brown “The Woman Who Run with the Wolves” - by Clarissa Pinkola Estes"Goddesses In Every Woman" - by Jean Shinoda Bolen"If Women Rose Rooted: Reclaiming the Power of Celtic Women" - by Sharon Blackie"King, Warrior, Magician, Lover" -  by Douglas Gillette and Robert L. MooreWhy not join the movement over at www.whynother.net

    Music used in this podcast is by Ooyy Come 2gether
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Mise Fosta & Tobi Lawal

    Mise Fosta & Tobi Lawal

    On today's episode, we chat with three womxn who have been forces of instrumental change this year towards equality, raising awareness on sexual abuse in the music scene, educating on issues of racism and highlighting the harsh conditions asylum seekers face in Ireland.

    Mise Fosta: Over the past few months, dozens of brave women and victims of abuse have gone public and shared their experience of the ripe misogyny and discrimination that pervades the Irish music scene, particularly the Irish traditional folk scene. Many figures who have for years been applauded as legends of their scene, with murals and events dedicated to them, have been rightly exposed for the abusive misogynists they truly are. Today we have guests Anna Ni Nuallain and Ciara Ní Mhurchú from the collective chat candidly about the process that lead them to start the movement.

    Tobi Lawal is a force to be reckoned with on the Irish scene for her activism - especially on her Instagram page 'Wise-Up Wednesday’s segment. She is an LLB & LLM Grad Pre trainee Solicitor who also volunteers with organisations End Direct Provision and MASI – the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland. MASI is an independent platform for asylum seekers to join together in unity and purpose.

    You can find out more about the organisations and movements mentioned in today's podcast here: www.masi.ie & Mise Fosta

    Why not join the movement over at www.whynother.net

    Music used in this podcast is by Ooyy Come 2gether.
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    • 47 min
    Cindy Gallop & Goddess Nicole

    Cindy Gallop & Goddess Nicole

    Today we explore the world of sex with Cindy Gallop and Goddess Nicole. Fasten your seatbelts as you are in for a sexually liberating and educational ride!

    Cindy Gallop is an English advertising consultant, founder and former chair of the US branch of advertising firm Bartle Bogle Hegarty, responsible for large accounts like Coca-Cola, Ray-Ban, and Polaroid. She is also the founder of the IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn companies. She is a brand and business innovator, consultant, coach and keynote speaker, available to work with anybody who wants to change the game in their particular sector.

    Goddess Nicole is one of the burgeoning BDSM, Dark Tantra, Sex and Kink educators in the UK. Based in London, Goddess Nicole runs her business that transforms the lives of her clientele in a sexually liberating way. She has guest spoken at numbers conventions and events outlining safe sex and BDSM practice. 

    Books mentioned in this podcast:
    The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House- Audre LordeWhy Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (And How to Fix It) - Tomas Chamorro-PremuzicWhy not join the movement over at www.whynother.net

    Music used in this podcast is by Ooyy Come 2gether
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    • 1 hr 8 min