7 Women-Run Podcasts That Will Make You A Smarter Human

These Women-Centric Podcasts Will Make Your Career and Life Better
by Kit Warchol
March 13, 2017
What’s not to love about a good podcast?
You get the thrill of a good story from anywhere, anytime, without having to schlep a heavy hardcover book with you onto the subway. And while we love a good rerun of Serial and we’re diehard fans of Alec Baldwin’s podcast, here’s the thing (pun intended, Alec): there are a ton of other podcasts out there that deserve a little love.

That’s particularly true of the podcasts cool women like us are putting out on all sorts of topics from dating advice to exploring the side hustle generation. So let’s show our support, shall we? Here are some of our favorites:

1. Help Me Be Me

Not going to lie—pretty sure this podcast sort of changed my life. This January I was in a total slump and trying to figure out what I need to do to make me be happy. These days, I’ve got much more direction. Don’t get me wrong, not all of that came from Help Me Be Me, which host Sarah May describes as “self-help for people who hate self-help.” But it DID give me some great insights that I used to get started moving forward. And often, that’s the hardest part.

2. Call Your Girlfriend

We’re pretty much obsessed with anything and everything that Ann Friedman writes, so there’s not much of a surprise here: we love the podcast she puts on with her long-distance bestie Aminatou Sow. This show is a cult favorite for a reason in intellectual lady circles, and we’re not complaining that we found it. You should know about it, too.

3. One Part

We interviewed One Part podcast founder (and recent cookbook author!), Jessica Murnane, on our site last year, and she blew our minds, honestly. The podcast itself continues to be one of our favorites. Interviews range from artists to chefs to musicians to who-knows-what, but throughout it all? Jessica Murnane has got the unique perspective and voice of a strong woman with lots of questions and even more thought-provoking observations.

4. Love is Like a Plant

If you’re listening as you go, you’ll recognize one of the voices on this podcast already—yep, it’s Sarah May again from Help Me Be Me. Except on this podcast, along with the help of Ellen Huerta (who is also the founder of the breakup app Mend), we’re just talking romance. Whether you want advice on exploring the netherworld that is Tinder or breaking the cycle of fights you’re having with your long-term S.O., this is a great one for you.

5. Monocycle

I'm going to write this in a series of two-word sentences. Man Repeller. Leandra Medine. Hilarious insight. Great dynamic. Just download.

6. Two Inboxes

Gotta love Forbes, but gotta love a Forbes podcast dedicated to people who balance day jobs and side hustles even more. And the best part? It’s hosted by—you guessed it—a rad woman, Molly Beck, who's also a member of the side hustle generation and who has some unique insights of her own.

7. Heroine: Women’s Creative Leadership, Confidence, Wisdom

This podcast, hosted by Majo Molfino, a writer and women’s leadership coach, aims to “debunk the myth of ‘overnight success’ and support women listeners in their own creative leadership.” Essentially, the show embraces the classic concept that we’re all in this together. Through interviews with women leaders in all sorts of industries including business, design, and tech, the show focuses on talking about the hard stuff like confidence, self-help, and mistakes.

We always love new podcast recommendations. Who did we miss that we should listen to?