If you love to squeeze as much into every moment as possible, you probably love podcasts. After all, you can fill a once-boring commute to work with a dose of motivation. You can turn a long drive into an educational experience. Or you can turn a bubble bath at home into a one-person comedy club. With that in mind, we’re ready to fill up your smartphones with our ultimate list of the best podcasts for women. Start downloading.
Call Your Girlfriend
Imagine eavesdropping on a conversation between two of the coolest women you can imagine. That’s what each episode of Call Your Girlfriend brings to the table. The show is hosted by two long-distance BFFs, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. Every week, they call each other up and start chatting – over wine, of course. Topics run the gamut from serious (Hillary Clinton) to amusing (men in jeggings). The only issue? You’re going to wish you could be part of the conversation.
Category: Pop culture
That moment you graduate college and step into real life? It can be overwhelming. Millennial host Megan Tan should know; she’s living it. Happily, she’s willing to let you share the ride and discover the ups-and-downs of millennial life with her. In every episode, Tan shares her raw, honest feelings on where life is taking her. Where is her relationship heading? Will she be able to turn her podcast into a career? What’s it like to move home with your parents? If these questions sound familiar, it’s time to start downloading.
Category: Work and money
Sophia Amoruso & Charlize Theron.
You’ve heard of Sophia Amoruso. She went from dumpster-diving as a teen to founding Nasty Gal, a multimillion-dollar retailer. These days, Amoruso is also the host of Girlboss Radio, an excellent podcast for aspiring entrepreneurs. Every week, Amoruso chats to a different woman who is forging her own path. They get into the nitty-gritty of that path, discussing everything from first jobs to how they get their start to who they’d power brunch with if given a chance. If you, too, are paving your way, give it a listen.
Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon are creative entrepreneurs. They’re also the hosts of Being Boss, a confidence-boosting podcast every like-minded lady should listen to. Here, you’ll get straightforward advice on how to evolve your business and balance work with, well, life. The best part? There’s something for everyone. If you’re on-the-go, you can tune into a mini-sode for a quick dose of positivity. If you need something meatier, there’s a new full-length episode every week.
Category: Creative entrepreneurship
2 Dope Queens
If there could only be one podcast that lived up to its name, it would be 2 Dope Queens. The show is hosted by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. They’re best friends. They’re hilarious. Each week, they host 2 Dope Queens live from Brooklyn. And when we say no topic is off limits, we mean it. The dynamic duo touches on everything from fanny packs to Billy Joel to man buns. Of course, they get into serious stuff too – including sex, romance, and race. To sum up, this podcast is a riot, and you should download stat.
Jess Lively of The Lively Show.
The Lively Show
Jess Lively has made it her life’s mission to help people live their life to the fullest via values-based intentions. The Lively Show, her podcast, is a part of that mission. New episodes arrive at least once a week. In each, Lively gets personal. Real personal. She talks about the trials and tribulations of her life, whether that’s divorce or leaving America to travel indefinitely. Plus, she offers up solid advice on how to add “flow” to your life, overcome vices, and shift your emotions in a positive way. Life-changing? You bet.
Cheryl Strayed is best known for Wild, her memoir. But she is almost as well known for her advice column, Dear Sugar, which is now a podcast. On Dear Sugar, Strayed and her co-host, Steve Almond, offer up “radical empathy” to the “lost, lonely and heartsick.” This means providing advice on everything from how to deal with a sick parent to what it feels like when a friendship ends. Every episode is given a personal touch, which helps to make Dear Sugar feel like a raw-yet-supportive group therapy session.
Ever since she published Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert has been bestowing little lessons of magic upon the world. But never more so than with Magic Lessons, the podcast that accompanies Big Magic, her best-selling book. In each episode of Magic Lessons, Gilbert helps aspiring artists learn how to overcome fear and live a more creative life. It might sound a bit hazy, but the lessons packed into each episode are encouraging, super fun, and always relatable. Trust us.
Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller.
Monocycle with Leandra Medine
Leandra Medine, better known as the Man Repeller, has been providing us with a deft mix of wisdom and comic relief since 2010. And that extends all the way to podcasts. Every Friday, Medine releases a 10-minute (or so) episode of Monocycle. In it, Medine takes the floor on, as she says, “feelings, feelings, what it’s like to feel feelings.” Speaking of which, you’ll have plenty of feelings while listening. Medine’s musings on life – from cultural appropriation to her experience with IVF – are poignant, humorous and vulnerable.
Cavern of Secrets
Cavern of Secrets has a pretty simple tagline: “A show about extraordinary women.” But the simple slogan belies the terrific content. In each episode, host Lauren Mitchel chats with a different woman. (Think anyone from wunderkind Tavi Gevinson to fellow podcaster Cheryl Strayed.) The conversations are refreshingly honest, and at times, spectacularly funny. The best part? Cavern of Secrets feels oh-so inclusive, as though the listener is part of the fun and part of the conversation.
Category: Life, in general
Raise Your Hand Say Yes.
Raise Your Hand Say Yes with Tiffany Han
Maybe you’ve been daydreaming about starting a business. Maybe you’re already honing your brand. Or maybe you’ve been a first-class girlboss for a while now. No matter where you’re at on your entrepreneurial journey, Tiffany Han is guaranteed to shake things up with Raise Your Hand Say Yes. Every episode focuses on the nitty-gritty details of running a creative business. Whether Tiffany is speaking, or one of her many guests, you are sure to walk away with solid advice that can (and should) be applied right away.
Category: Creative entrepreneurship
Outside podcasting, Elaine Sheldon and Sarah Ginsburg, the co-hosts of She Does, make documentaries. In other words, they love storytelling, and that shines through in every episode of She Does. The duo interviews creative women working in media. They ask their guests how they started out in media, what annoys them, what drives them, what obstacles have they had to overcome. And by the end of the episode, you’ll feel more motivated than ever. Better yet, you’ll have a roadmap that helps you push through and achieve greatness.
Grace Helbig of Not Too Deep With Grace Helbig.
Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig
If you’ve ever watched one of Grace Helbig’s YouTube comedy shows, you already know how hilarious she is. Now, thanks to her podcast, Not Too Deep, Helbig’s humour is just one click away. On each episode of Not Too Deep, Helbig will chat, usually with a guest, about the ins and outs of life. That might mean farts, that might mean superpowers, that might mean soup. Yes, this is a no-holds-barred show. Very much so. If you’re looking for light-hearted and gratifying entertainment, you found it.
Stuff Mom Never Told You
Why are women more likely to become vegetarian? Can birth control kill you? Why do women join cults? These questions and more are answered by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin on Stuff Mom Never Told You. The duo breaks down the barriers to cover the nitty-gritty of what it is to be a woman by using research, facts, and figures. You can think of Stuff Mom Never Told You as an easy educational experience. By the end of each episode, you’ll feel smarter – and you won’t even have to work for it.
Anna Faris Is Unqualified
Is your relationship stuck in a rut? Are you having problems with your better half? Well, Hollywood actress Anna Faris is waiting for you. Faris – and a host of “completely unqualified Hollywood types” – dole out their best answers to listeners’ questions every week on Anna Faris Is Unqualified. Past guests have included Lisa Kudrow, Jenny Slate, and Chelsea Handler. Because if you’re going to go through the pains of seeking relationship advice, you may as well have fun, right?
Category: Sex, love and relationships
Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein of Fat Mascara.
Beauty editors Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein like to bring their work home. Or rather, bring their work to you. Every week, on Fat Mascara, the duo shares their latest beauty adventures. That might mean chatting with a plastic surgeon or makeup artist, getting a facial, or trying out a new product. Every episode is teeming with energy, making it an easy listen from start to finish. And the best part? You don’t have to be a beauty connoisseur to join in the fun. By the time you’re through, you’ll be as obsessed as the rest of us.
When three women get together for a chat, anything can happen. And that’s the beauty of Lady Lovin’, a podcast hosted by Jilly Hendrix, Greta Titelman and Lo Bosworth (of The Hills fame). The threesome tackles a plethora of topics – from relationships to starting a business. With every new item, though, their aim is simple: to inspire women to stay true to who they are, love the skin they’re in, and love the life they live. With a diverse range of guests joining in on the fun, Lady Lovin’ feels like a party. Who can say no to that?
Category: Life, in general
That’s So Retrograde
Think about all the things you’ve been told to do for your health. Try a juice cleanse? Check. Eat whole foods? Check. Delve into meditation? Check. If you’re into bettering your health, but you also don’t take yourself too seriously, That’s So Retrograde is your must-listen podcast. Hosts Elizabeth Kott and Stephanie Simbari chat with wellness gurus about the latest trends and theories. For better or worse, they get to the bottom of it all, while taking you for a wild, hilarious and down-to-earth ride.
Category: Health and wellness
Katie Dalebout of Let It Out.
Let It Out
Katie Dalebout is a self-described personal development junkie. Her journey through journaling was chronicled in Let It Out, her best-selling book. And since 2013, she has been sharing her wisdom in her podcast of the same name. In every episode, Dalebout and her guests enthusiastically discuss how to get through tough times and come out on the other side, better than ever. Although the conversations are tough, at times, the enthusiasm and energy Dalebout brings to the table always shines through.
Category: Life, in general
Leave it to Forbes to put together a must-listen podcast for aspiring female entrepreneurs. Every week, host Clare O’Connor talks to self-made women about the “good, bad and ugly” that comes with starting a company. Guests – such as Emily Weiss of Glossier – talk about everything from raising money to what it’s like to sit in a Silicon Valley boardroom. These situations might feel like a fantasy for most of us. But the interviews are so inspiring and down-to-earth, you’ll feel as though you’re just a few steps away.