In this era of technology, there are various services that provide a fast way to share and consume knowledge around you. From, Video platforms to journals and education platforms like Khan academy and Coursera to personal blogs and on-demand streaming platforms, podcasts are one of the easiest and accessible medium to learn new information.
From business ideas and money saving lessons to wellness and fitness to the comedy and historical topics, Podcasts cover a myriad of topics
In the ever-grown podcast landscape, it’s crucial to keep up with content that not only entertains but also informs and empowers. And for podcasts hosted by women, there’s no shortage of interesting narratives and perspectives.
We all know that video platforms and streaming services attract a lot of users worldwide. Platforms like YouTube and Netflix are among the top visited sites in the world because of the type of content they provide to its users. From comedy videos to daily personal blogs to the Scientific documentaries and educational videos, these platforms provide valuable content for its users.
The videos are more engaging, immersive and include visuals such as charts, diagrams to enhance the content and make it more interesting, but podcasts are more direct and target a more customised experience to its listeners. Podcasts listeners are more focused and know what to expect from their podcast episodes or series.
A survey published by YouGov in 2021, The Podheads: Audience Profile & Brand Rankings 2023, shares that 75% of podcast listeners in the US are under the age of 44 and the most popular podcast genre in the United States of America is comedy, education and news takes the second and the third spot – which is not surprising at all.
Another important fact is that people with higher education and income are more likely to listen to podcasts and In 2020, the most popular podcast app in the US was Apple Podcasts, followed by Spotify and Google Podcasts.
Demographic Variations in Regular Listening to True Crime Podcasts
|Demographic Group||Percentage Regularly Listening to True Crime Podcasts|
|– High School Diploma or Less||45%|
|– Some College||33%|
|– Bachelor’s Degree or Higher||27%|
|Gender & Education Combination|
|– Women with High School Diploma or Less||57%|
|– Men with High School Diploma or Less||34%|
|– Women with College Degree||36%|
|– Ages 18 to 29||41%|
|– Ages 65 and Older||15%|
I love listening to podcasts when I run errands and commute through the metro or on another public transport. I also love listening to news podcasts and comedy podcasts while driving to school in the morning. In fact, over 52% of podcast listeners in the US listen to podcasts while driving and 49% listen to podcasts while doing errands and house work.
In 2021, 41% of monthly podcast listeners in the United States were women and the most popular podcast genre among women in the United States were Society & Culture, Comedy, and True Crime – out of these three genres, my favorites are Comedy and Society & culture. I also listen to True Crime Podcast series whenever I am bored and want something thrilling in life and want to heighten my senses.
I want to also share with my fellow readers that some of these podcasts are recommended by my work colleagues at Burwood School. The business and finance podcasts were recommended by my brother who is an IT engineer and owns two IT services companies and is well-versed with business and career pathways.
My Cousin who is a parent and a consultant at a MNC (also writes for Parental Daily) helped me with shortlisting life-advice podcasts for women.
Below are 25 of the best podcasts for women, featuring a myriad of topics and subtopics, from personal stories to pop culture to the mental and wellness. Let’s go through the below list of recommended list of podcasts for women.
Best Business + Career Podcasts for Women
1. Girlboss Radio
Girlboss Radio, now hosted by Avery, is a well-known weekly podcast featuring business conversations to help women achieve their goals and make their business successful on their own terms. You can find this podcast series on Spotify, Apple Podcast and all other popular podcasts platforms.
From personal business anecdotes from successful business women to practical ideas and skill set needed to grow your business from qualified investors and business professionals, Girlboss Radio delivers apt podcast episodes every week to help women achieve success by implementing practices and career strategies that are essential for every business owner.
I highly recommend young and older women; it doesn’t matter if you are late into your career, to deep dive into career strategies, and listen to this podcast, which is specifically targeted towards women entrepreneurs and professionals alike.
2. Call Your Girlfriend – Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
A very well-appreciated and loved podcasts by its listeners. Call Your Girlfriend Call Your Girlfriend is a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere hosted by two exhilarating hosts Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman.
I really loved their long one-hour podcasts with humour and detailed conversations about a wide range of topics, from pop culture to politics.
Their conversations are very well-coming and attract you to take part in those conversations. Although you can find their podcasts on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, they’ve unfortunately had said goodbye to this podcast series.
I still listen to the podcast occasionally and will recommend you to listen to these episodes if you’re interested in pop-culture and politics.
3. The Goal Digger Podcast – Jenna Kutcher
One of my favorite podcast on Spotify is The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher. This Podcast, is another excellent resource for women entrepreneurs currently on its episode number 701, which is a huge number.
From productivity tips and social media strategies to business hacks and inspirational stories, Jenna Kutcher aces in every single department and shares personal and practical experiences articulately so that the listeners can easily understand the business jargon.
Many episodes feature interviews with successful women, which provide a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to inspiring business women. I highly recommend this podcast to inspiring women entrepreneurs who want to be successful in their business endeavours. Jenna’s inspirational stories, business hacks and productivity tips will definitely provide young women with the essential tips needed to manage a successful business.
Best Life Advice Podcasts for Women
4. Terrible, Thanks for Asking – Nora McInerny
Another personal favorite of mine. With 4.9 rating from over 1200+ listeners, Nora McInerny’s podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” is one of the highest rated podcast on Spotify.
This is a heartfelt and candid podcast that presents personal stories of pain, hardship, and resilience with various guests. I really love that the host, Nora, shows exceptional skill in creating a compassionate and relatable atmosphere that engages listeners deeply.
Podcasts are an hour long and are released weekly. Some episodes which I like are – The Final Quince, Wide Open Spaces, Gifted and Terrible, Should I have Kids, How to lose your name.
If you are a bit confused about your life, and out of thoughts, I recommend you to subscribe to her podcast and go through the podcast’s catalogue.
5. Why Won’t You Date Me? – Nicole Byer
Why Won’t You Date Me? is a podcast hosted by comedian Nicole Byer. It’s a hilarious deep dive into the world of dating apps, personal anecdotes, and the often confusing landscape of modern love.
With Nicole’s bubbly personality and her candid discussion about her own dating experiences, this podcast is highly relatable for many women navigating the dating world.
6. The Read – Crissle West and Kid Fury
Launched by Crissle West and Kid Fury, The Read is a weekly podcast that explores pop culture, current events, and issues affecting Black women and people of color. This podcast covers the hip-hop and pop culture stars from their perspective.
I really like the way hosts conduct themselves on the podcast. They’re outspoken and engaging and their style provides a fresh perspective on a wide range of topics. From roasting hip-hop artists to the humorous attitude, this is a must-listen for anyone, especially women, interested in pop culture insights from a black perspective.
7. Our Body Politic – Farai Chideya
In Our Body Politic, Farai Chideya, an experienced journalist, conducts thought-provoking interviews and analyses on the impact of politics on women of color.
The podcast is a deep dive into the body politic, exploring how decisions and policy continually shape our society.
8. The Glennon Doyle Show – Glennon Doyle
Author and activist Glennon Doyle hosts The Glennon Doyle Show. This podcast presents personal stories of individuals who’ve gone through transformation and change.
Here, Glennon Doyle combines her own life experiences with enlightening conversations with guests, navigating through topics ranging from love, pain, and redemption.
9. Stuff Mom Never Told You – Anney Reese and Samantha McVey
Stuff Mom Never Told You is a podcast hosted by Anney Reese and Samantha McVey.
It explores what it is to identify as women through research-based discussion on topics you wished your mother had discussed with you.
It’s a treasure trove of information that covers a wide array of topics pertinent to women.
Best Parenting – Motherhood Podcasts for Women
Parenting and motherhood are both challenging and beautiful journeys that are often filled with lessons, surprises, and moments of joy. For women seeking advice, insights, or simply the comfort of shared experiences, here are five podcasts focused on parenting and motherhood.
10. Coffee + Crumbs – Ashlee Gadd
Coffee + Crumbs is a podcast hosted by Ashlee Gadd that dives into the nitty-gritty of motherhood. It covers real-life stories from moms worldwide, offering a raw, honest, and often humorous perspective on what it means to be a mother.
11. The Longest Shortest Time – Hillary Frank
Hosted by Hillary Frank, The Longest Shortest Time is a parenting podcast that covers a wide range of topics, from the struggles of infertility to the challenges of raising a child with special needs. Frank’s compassionate storytelling abilities bring an emotional depth to the personal stories shared on the podcast.
12. One Bad Mother – Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn
On One Bad Mother, hosts Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn take a humorous and realistic approach to parenting. They tackle everything from tantrums to sleep deprivation, reminding mothers that they’re not alone and that it’s okay not to be perfect.
13. The Mom Hour – Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers
Hosted by Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers, The Mom Hour is a weekly podcast where the hosts share their own experiences of motherhood, as well as advice and insights gathered from years of parenting. The podcast covers topics ranging from practical tips for new moms to discussions about work-life balance.
14. The Double Shift – Katherine Goldstein
The Double Shift is a groundbreaking podcast about a new generation of working mothers. It’s not about parenting tips or baby milestones, but about women who are challenging the narrative about what it means to be a working mom. Host Katherine Goldstein offers a fresh and deep dive into the lives of working mothers.
Best Money Podcasts for Women
Now let’s dive into the world of finance. Women, especially working women and entrepreneurs, often have unique financial concerns and questions that need targeted advice. Here’s a list of five podcasts that take a deep dive into the world of money management, hosted by women, for women.
15. The Fairer Cents
Hosted by Tanja Hester and Kara Perez. This podcast addresses the financial gap faced by women and people of color. They break down complex financial concepts and provide practical advice.
Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, hosts this podcast. It covers a wide range of topics, from investing and budgeting to career advice and small business tips.
17. Money Girl
Hosted by Laura Adams, a leading finance and productivity expert. Money Girl provides short and friendly personal finance, real estate, and investing tips to help you live a richer life.
18. Broke Millennial
Erin Lowry, the author of “Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together,” brings her signature style to this podcast. She explores awkward money situations and provides practical solutions.
19. Financial Grownup
Award-winning television anchor and personal finance columnist Bobbi Rebell hosts this podcast. She shares inspiring personal stories of financial success and provides actionable advice.
Whether you’re looking to make smarter financial decisions, or simply want to be more informed about money matters, these podcasts should be on your playlist.
Best Comedy Podcasts for Women
20. “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” – Nora McInerny
Host Nora McInerny takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions in this unique podcast. Far from a light-hearted comedy show, it offers a deep dive into real-life issues with a humorous spin. Personal stories are shared with a raw honesty that is both moving and amusing. Terrible, Thanks for Asking is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and our ability to find laughter in the darkest places.
21. “Why Won’t You Date Me?” – Nicole Byer
Comedian Nicole Byer has a knack for turning the ups and downs of dating into hilarious narratives. This podcast is a comedic exploration of the trials and tribulations that come with dating apps and the quest for love. With Byer’s unique style of humor and unapologetic honesty, Why Won’t You Date Me? is both relatable and laugh-out-loud funny.
22. “The Read” – Crissle West and Kid Fury
In The Read, hosts Crissle West and Kid Fury offer a comedic commentary on pop culture, from music and movies to social issues. With their dynamic interactions and satirical lens, they engage listeners in topics ranging across the cultural spectrum. Their energetic banter and unfiltered opinions make for entertaining and enlightening listening.
23. “The Unladylike Podcast” – Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin
Unladylike is a humorous and insightful podcast hosted by women, for women. Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin tackle gender norms and societal expectations with a comedic twist. They engage in in-depth discussions about women’s issues, using humor as a tool to challenge stereotypes and promote positive change.
24. “Stuff Mom Never Told You” – Anney Reese and Samantha McVey
Hosted by Anney Reese and Samantha McVey, Stuff Mom Never Told You is a podcast that humorously explores the things your mom never explained. From body politic to the nuances of womanhood, this podcast delves into a wide range of topics, making it a must-listen for women seeking laughter and enlightenment.