Aminatou Sow

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Aminatou Sow
BornApril 1985 (age 33)
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
OccupationDigital strategist
Years active2014-present

Aminatou Sow (IPA: /əmˈnɑːt s/; born April 1985) is a United States-based businesswoman, digital strategist,[1] writer,[2] podcast host,[3] and co-founder of Tech LadyMafia.[4] She cohosts the podcast Call Your Girlfriend[5] with her friend, the journalist and editor Ann Friedman.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Sow was born in Guinea,[7] and grew up in Nigeria, Belgium,[8] and France as the child of diplomat parents.

Sow received a B.A. from University of Texas at Austin.[9]


Call Your Girlfriend, "A Podcast for Long Distance Besties Everywhere", launched in June 2014. The content ranges from politics and pop-culture to menstruation and friendship.[10] It also features interviews with prominent women.[11] The show has reached #28 on the iTunes Podcast chart,[10] and is produced by former NPR producer Gina Delvac. Friedman, Sow, and Delvac were driven to create the podcast specifically to infiltrate the space and deliver more female-friendly content.[12]

Aminatou Sow hosts a Pineapple Street Media podcast focused on travel for women of color[13] called On She Goes which has also grown as its own digital platform.[14]

Sow, and her colleague Ann Friedman popularized the term "Shine Theory". The term is in reference to the commitment to collaborating with each other instead of competing against each other. The term first appeared in Friedman's article for The Cut for in 2013[15].

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2014, Sow was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list, which cited her work on Tech LadyMafia as well as her job as digital engagement director for veterans organization IAVA.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Sow now lives in New York City.[17]

In December 2017, Sow publicly announced that she had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer.[18] In April 2018, she stated that she had been in remission for a month.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sturges, Fiorina. "Podcasts: Nancy — rare candour about LGBTQ life". Financial Times. Financial Times. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ Sow, Aminatou. "My New Year's Resolution Is to Buy a Winter Swimsuit". Racked. Racked. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. ^ Kahn, Mattie. "The Insider: Aminatou Sow". Of A Kind. Of a Kind. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Tech LadyMafia: Not your average networking group - Fedscoop". 9 January 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  5. ^ Caroll, Rebecca (February 25, 2016). "Rebecca Traister's 'All The Single Ladies' is a singularly triumphant work". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  6. ^ "5 Lady-Powered Podcasts We're Loving Right Now". Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  7. ^ "3 African women who made Forbes 2014 30 Under 30 list". GoWoman Magazine. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  8. ^ Conger, Kate (March 7, 2016). "Aminatou Sow and Her Listserve, Tech LadyMafia, Helps Connect Women In Tech". Paper Magazine. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  9. ^ "How to… Make a Home With Aminatou Sow". The Mash-Up Americans. The Mash-Up Americans. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  10. ^ a b Johnson, Eric. "'Call Your Girlfriend' co-host Aminatou Sow: I started podcasting because men told me I couldn't". Recode. Recode. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  11. ^ Locker, Melissa (5 March 2016). "Call Your Girlfriend: podcast dishes on everything from Benghazi to Bieber". Retrieved 23 December 2017 – via
  12. ^ Wolfe, April. "When the Hosts of Call Your Girlfriend Talk About Periods, People Listen". LA Weekly. LA Weekly. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  13. ^ Dodson, P. Claire (9 September 2016). "Jenna Weiss-Berman: "I'm Proud Of Making Stuff Not Just For White Guys"". Fast Company. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  14. ^ "About Us – On She Goes". On She Goes. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  15. ^ "Shine Theory: Why Powerful Women Make the Greatest Friends". The Cut. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  16. ^ Colao, J.J. (2014). "Erie Meyer, 29, Aminatou Sow, 28 - pg.21". Forbes. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  17. ^ Demby, Gene (August 9, 2014). "'Are You, Like, African-AMERICAN Or AFRICAN-American?'". NPR. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  18. ^ @aminatou (December 1, 2017). "I have endometrial cancer. It's shockingly common and like all cancers, a huge bummer. We caught it early and I'm in great hands!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  19. ^ @aminatou (April 14, 2018). "A friend reminded me today I've been in remission for a month. I know v little but I know life is short. Apologize to someone you wronged. Forgive someone. Kiss the person you're dying to kiss. Say the quiet thing out loud. I did it all this month & it felt thrilling to be alive" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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