What’s better than a good podcast? A good podcast made by women for women. Obvs. Here is a list of our all-time faves, many of which were made right here in Australia, for your listening pleasure.
The High Low
Created by British journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, The High Low is a news and pop culture podcast, covering everything from politics (the high brow) to Love Island (the low brow). Pandora and Dolly’s friendship, witty back and forth banter and quirks make The High Low an unmissable weekly listen.
After Work Drinks
Our gal Isabelle Truman and her journo bestie Grace O’Neill debrief on the week’s most topical topics, over a glass of pinot noir. They’re not afraid to tackle the big issues: the #MeToo anniversary, female anger and Blake Lively’s power suits. Listening to their podcast is like catching up with the girls over a bottle of wine or three – except you can do it at 7:00am on a Monday on your way to work. Even better.
Who Asked Her
Papua New Guinea’s first feminist podcast is a fascinating listen. Covering everything from cultural appropriation to toxic masculinity, host Elvina Ogil is starting important conversations about the issues that matter in the Pacific. When we spoke to her, Ogil said, “[The podcast] is about broadening our view of Papua New Guinean women.” Tune in for the interesting topics, stay for the intellectual banter.
We’ve all (hopefully) seen Crazy, Rich, Asians but what about what it’s like to be an everyday (potentially not as rich) Asian woman in 2018? Hosted by Hannah-Rose Yee, Peony Lim and Kit Lee, Three Dumplings covers everything from what it’s like being mixed race, to dating and of course, the best kind of dumplings.
Melbourne journalists Zara McDonald and Michelle Andrews call Shameless the podcast for ‘smart women who love dumb stuff.’ Covering everything Aussie women are (sometimes secretly) obsessed with, such as the Kardashians, The Bachelor and Justin Bieber, it’s no wonder Shameless has swiftly become one of the country’s most beloved weekly segments.
All Aussie Mystery Hour
Who doesn’t love a good cold case? Even better when it’s being discussed by two hilarious Australian women – Melissa Mason and Josie Rozenberg-Clarke, who try to solve murders with zero qualifications to do so.
Within 24 hours of releasing their first episode, Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw, the Melbourne-based best friends behind cult fitness program Keep It Cleaner, have already topped the charts as the most popular podcast in the country. Covering all issues surrounding young women today - from health and wellness to friendships and relationships, KIC POD is (already) making waves worldwide - and for good reason.
Australia’s OG podcasters, Stacey June and Kristie Mercer have had millions of downloads since they launched The Thinkergirls in 2012. There's a reason for that: they're funny, original and willing to say what everyone else is thinking. Covering everything from pop culture to anxiety, the BFFs "find the funny in the f*cked."
Addicted to all things beauty? Three prominent Australian beauty editors from marie claire, InStyle and Beauty Crew have teamed up to lift the lid on all things beauty, from the best new products and cult skincare buys to whether we've all become high maintenance (answer: probably yes).
3.55 by Chanel
The chicest of all podcasts, 3.55 by Chanel is a deep dive inside the Chanel world. With episodes covering everything from iconic bags to celebrity red carpets, look out for Chanel-approved guests like Margot Robbie and Pharrell who have popped up as guests.
Beauty Boss by Girlfriend
Everyone's favourite teen mag now has a podcast, but this one is for grown ups too. Each week, beauty addicts Jacqueline Mey and Alanah Smith interview an industry insider, and chat about the newest products and tricks from the beauty world.
Style Rules by Home Beautiful
If you love home renovation shows, you will love this podcast from the editor and style editor of Home Beautiful magazine, Sarah Burman and Fiona Michelon. With new episodes weekly, they chat wth special guests about everything from what's hot in interior design trends, the latest tricks in home renovations and give their in depth thoughts on new episodes of House Rules.
Uninterrupted by Women's Health
When you need to be inspired, or just need that push to go to the gym, tune into this podcast from the editor of Women's Health Jacqui Mooney. Talking all things fitness, health and lifestyle, and each week bringing on a new guest who excels in one of these areas, this podcast is sure to have you grabbing a green smoothie and feeling revived.