We all know that there is an ever-increasing number of podcasts and that more and more women are joining the industry to make their voices heard, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly where to look to find the good stuff. Here at Podchaser, we’re committed to helping you find your next favorite podcast, so here are twenty podcasts made by women for women and about almost anything.
Created by Bola Sokunbi, Clever Girl’s Know Podcast offers the best financial education possible for the modern woman. The podcast is supplemented by a book, blog, and videos to make sure that you have everything you need to achieve your financial goals. “Our team is focused on leveraging our platform to help women become accountable, ditch debt, save money and build real wealth.” Clever Girl’s Know Podcast believes in you and exists to cheer you along at every step of your financial journey.
The History Chicks was the first podcast I ever listened to. My sisters and friends loved it and I was not at all disappointed. The show is hosted by Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider and highlights female historical figures from every century and country, factual and fictional alike. “Each episode is a long-form dive into the birth-to-death life, times, challenges, successes, lessons and legacy of a historical woman.” With extensive research, critical analysis, and a lot of heart, The History Chicks is making sure that the women who have shaped the world are no longer left in anonymity.
If you’re looking for a podcast that boldly dives into Christianity, academia, Black culture, and advocacy, you’ve found the right place. Truth’s Table is “by black women for black women” and discusses a variety of topics from Blackkklansman to losing your race card to homosexuality in the black and Christian community. The hosts include Michelle Higgins, Dr. Christina Edmondson, and Ekemini Uwan; each of whom has carved new roads in their fields to fight against oppressive systems in America and beyond. If you’re looking for passionate discussion and rigorous examination of current political, social, and religious situations, pull up a chair at Truth’s Table.
Hosted by Ikhlas Slaeem and Makkah Ali, Identity Politics offers listeners a fresh and insightful look into the lives of American Muslims. These women discuss their personal stories living in America in order to shine a light on race, gender, and religion in an increasingly hostile climate. The pair often bring on guests to “talk about issues impacting their lives as Muslims at the intersection of multiple identities,” and thereby inform, educate, and form community with their listeners.
There’s something about an entrepreneurial success story that is simultaneously super encouraging and really disheartening. It’s cool to see someone who “made it,” but when you’re still struggling to make anything happen, it may make starting your business sound impossible. Luckily Skimm’d from The Couch is bringing us the other side of those stories. “Everyone goes through sh*t. And sharing it and talking it through will hopefully help others go through their own when it’s their turn to get their business off the couch.” Hosted by theSkimm’s co-founders and co-CEOs Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, two women who know all about moving a company from the couch to the world, Skimm’d from The Couch interviews successful women to get the story behind starting their business and let listeners know they aren’t alone in the struggle.
Just from the title we all know we’re here for whatever host Anna Palmer is going to throw at us. Women Rule “takes an intimate look at the experiences of professional women and their paths to success.” Discussing women across the U.S.A., Anna looks at women who have reached their goals and tell the stories of how they overcame everything that stood in their way in order to give listeners ideas on how to do the same.
Hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Stark, My Favorite Murder melds true crime and comedy in a perfectly entertaining and informative combination. Mixing long- and short-form episodes and has been running long enough to cover virtually every major (and not-so-major) murder story. The hosts have also released their “definitive how-to guide” called Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered to ensure listeners are safe and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show.
If there’s one thing all of us could use more of, it’s laughter. And Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are here to give you lots of those with their live comedy show, 2 Dope Queens. Hosted in Brooklyn, the two women invite their favorite comedians on to share “stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other s**t.” Trust me, if you’re looking for a good time and some great laughs, 2 Dope Queens is the place for you.
Hosted by Nora McInerny, Terrible, Thanks for Asking isn’t going to let you say you’re doing fine if you really aren’t. Instead, the show is fine with being a little uncomfortable in order to talk “honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word.” if you’re looking for heartfelt and genuine discussion of the stories that make up people’s lives, this is it.
Everyone is a nerd about something, and Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen are digging in to find every possible obsession of the people around us. Featuring guests and possibly the broadest reach of topics I have ever seen, Nerdette knows that “what the world needs now is not another superhero, but for the glasses-clad alter ego to make you a podcast.” So support your fellow nerd and see who may share your passion for “science to science fiction, great lady nerds of history to Beyoncé.”
Presented by Handsome Brook Farm and hosted by Kerry Diamond, Radio Cherry Bombe is for anyone who loves food. The weekly episodes offer “lively conversation with the bakers, pastry chefs, stylists, writers, cookbook authors, and others making it happen.” If you love what you hear, Cherry Bombe has a variety of other outlets and resources for listeners to learn from and connect through.
Journalist and educator Molly Woodstock created Gender Reveal to discuss gender, all the way from personal narratives to basic definition of terms you need to know to enter gender conversations. “Gender Reveal is a podcast for nonbinary folks, for people who don’t know what ‘nonbinary’ means, and everyone in between.” Molly interviews people from the LGBT community in order to educate listeners on the current issues and gender from all perspectives.
Love live music? Want to know what it would be like to travel the world on tour or perform in front of millions of people night after night? Then This Must be the Gig is the place for you. Lior Phillips has covered concerts and music festivals as a music journalist for years and has started her podcasts as a way to show listeners what the life of performers is really like. She takes you backstage with some of the biggest names in music for raw interviews and fascinating conversation.
In their podcast, Another Round, Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton discuss “everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show.” The show shies away from nothing and has secured guests ranging from Hillary Clinton to Lin-Manuel Miranda. Using a segmented-format, the duo will keep you up-to-date and entertained for hours.
On Being is a Peabody Award-winning podcast hosted by Krista Tippett, the founder and CEO of The On Being Project and New York Times best-selling author. The show is asking the tough questions: “What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other?” The podcast seeks to move listeners to recognize “the immensity of our lives” through new discussion and discovery every week.
Hosted by Erica and Nikki, this podcast springs from a viral Tumblr post circa 2015 to celebrate all things about queer women in media. Harold, They’re Lesbians Podcast says that “each week in our show, and without taking ourselves too seriously, we’re breaking down these queer characters and storylines by bringing you the good, the bad, and the gay of the queer fangirl’s world.” Television is the focus and queerness is the topic, so buckle up for an entertaining and educational ride.
Hosted by Rekaya Gibson, Black Girls Talk Sports is “a safe space for women of color to discuss all things sports.” Because, let’s be honest, it gets really annoying trying to talk sports with most guys. Focusing on football, basketball, and baseball, the show covers anything in the world of sports from the perspective of women of color. From the latest games to the latest news, if you’re tired of only hearing men discuss sports, this is the show for you!
Kerning Cultures is a podcast created by a team of “children of the Middle East.” The show is focused on narrative, making sure that stories from the Middle East are shared in a comfortable and inviting format that honors the beauty of the region’s rich narrative history. The team is focused on giving people of the Middle East stories they can see themselves in by making history relatable and accessible.
If you love an intimate narrative podcast, this is the show for you. Beginner “trails the 24-year-old Pakistani-American immigrant, as she learns to do the things she never did as a kid, and that are integral parts of an American childhood.” The story picks up sometime around 2003, when Misha and her family moved to America. The show released in 2017 and it’s second and final season will premiere sometime this year.
Hosted by Alicia Menendez, Latina to Latina is the perfect destination to hear from incredible women. This is where “latinas we admire sit down for the type of intimate conversations most of us have in private.” Through always heartfelt and sometimes hilarious interviews, Alicia talks to fascinating Latinas about how they are thriving as women of color.
She Podcasts, hosted by Jessica Kupferman and Elsie Escobar, doesn’t claim to give you the fastest advice or promise some episodes won’t go off on long rabbit trails, but it does guarantee great tips, strategies, and learned wisdom on how to start and grow your podcast! After years of experience, these women are experts in the industry and are excited to share what they’ve learned with you as well as welcome you into the ever-growing She Podcasts community!