10 Podcasts for Women Worth Adding to Your Playlist
Interested in learning more about the world—and yourself? These empowering podcasts hosted by women delve into success, marriage, mental health and everything in between.
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Deciding to change career paths? Second Life will tell you what to expect. In this podcast, Who What Wear co-founder Hillary Kerr shines a light on women who’ve made the daring choice to switch careers at mid-life. Standout episodes include interviews with actress-turned-entrepreneur Jessica Alba, whose The Honest Company was valued at just shy of $1 billion in 2017, as well as Jenna Bans, who created the NBC series Good Girls in 2018. The uplifting Second Life is essential listening for women of any age who are looking to find a new career.
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The Michelle Obama Podcast
On this inspiring podcast, you’ll hear the former First Lady in a refreshing new light—in fact, tuning in to an episode is not unlike having a wide-ranging convo with a favourite relative. Over the course of 10 captivating episodes (and counting), Obama analyzes her insecurities, does a deep dive on her family life and opens up about the difficulties that come with menopause. Guests include Conan O’Brien, Washington Post columnist Michele Norris and, of course, her husband, Barack. The Michelle Obama Podcast is a tribute to what really makes us who we are: family, mentors and life-long friends.
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Ever had a question about love that you were too embarrassed to ask anyone? This podcast, hosted by Boston Globe columnist Meredith Goldstein, might just be for you. Based on her own long-running advice column, Love Letters is an entertaining inquiry into all-things relationships. Featuring real stories, topics include toxic relationships, the glamorization of meet-cutes and whether or not soulmates truly exist.
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Stuff Mom Never Told You
Why are women more prone to depression? Do women dream differently than men? Why do men traditionally propose? These are the burning questions hosts Anney Reese and Samantha McVey explore in the must-listen Stuff Mom Never Told You. Bouncing back and forth between light-hearted and serious subject matter, sometimes with a bit of science thrown in for good measure, the podcast examines what it means to be a woman—and how it can affect everyday life. Reese and McVey even do a “Feminist Movie Day,” where they break down mainstream films that include feminist angles.
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In the age of the pandemic, hey, girl. is the podcast you didn’t know you needed. Writer and self-care advocate Alex Elle sits down with inspiring women for intimate conversations about storytelling, divorce, cancer, interracial relationships and grief. Episodes of hey, girl. often take on a therapeutic tone, as Elle also features stories of hardship from her friends and family. For women going through a rough patch, this podcast is there to let you know you’re not alone.
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Anonymous Was a Woman
Anonymous Was a Woman might just be the best virtual book club around. In this podcast for literature lovers, hosts Jamila Rizvi and Astrid Edwards recommend the best new reads while also tackling the evolution of female writers throughout history. It’s an absolute riot to hear the duo debate the books they love and hate, as well as titles that made them cry or angry. Prominent female authors interviewed in Anonymous Was a Woman include Alice Pung and Nadia Owusu.
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Being a mom can be challenging, and few people know that better than Dr. Alexandra Sacks. In Motherhood Sessions, the American reproductive psychiatrist explores the hardships of motherhood and how it affects a woman’s sense of well-being. To encourage her listeners to be more emotionally honest, Sacks features conversations with women who speak openly about their troubles. Each episode of Motherhood Sessions feels like a cathartic therapy session.
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The Sista Collective
Hosted by four British women of colour, this BBC podcast features candid conversations focused around being a racialized person in the U.K. From discussions about racial injustice to exploring one’s own cultural roots and struggles with body image, The Sista Collective often feels like a much-needed talk with friends.
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She Makes Money Moves
Still struggle to have an honest conversation about your financial situation? In She Makes Money Moves, money is far from being the elephant in the room. Hosted by Glamour editor-in-chief Samantha Barry, this podcast features real-life tales from across the U.S. about how much women make, how much women spend, and how finances impact our relationships and identity. If you’ve long wondered why asking for a raise is so difficult or the do’s and don’ts of investing, She Makes Money Moves is a must-listen.
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Field Guide to Eating in Canada
Canadian cuisine is more than just poutine and beavertails! In Field Guide to Eating in Canada, cookbook author Meredith Erickson travels across Canada to learn more about our nation’s tastiest dishes—and the amazing people behind them. From large cities to small town neighbourhoods, Erickson features chefs, butchers, farmers and locals. Episodes are released on Amazon’s streaming platform, Audible.ca.
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