What’s better than a good podcast? A good podcast made by women for women, obviously.
Whether you’re looking to listen to an insightful conversation on politics, or a gritty discourse on true crime, there is nothing quite like hearing from other ladies that is sure to keep you at ease, and well-informed at the same time. After all, don’t men get enough air-time?
Below, we’ve rounded up a list of our all-time favourites for your listening pleasure.
Created by Irish writer Caroline O’Donoghue, Sentimental Garbage is slated as “justice for dumb women” and is about the “culture we love that society can sometimes make us feel ashamed of”. This includes everything from Barbie, to Twilight, to noughties fashion and the films of Nora Ephron. Fans will most likely have fond memories of its limited spin-off episodes, ‘Sentimental And The City’, the Sex And The City deconstruction, which Caroline co-hosted with her friend, British journalist, writer and The High Low podcaster, Dolly Alderton. It’s a must-listen.
You’re Doing Great Sweetie!
If you’re feeling burnt out and overwhelmed, this is the podcast for you. Hosts Josie and Mel are 30-somethings leading messy, complicated lives who aren’t afraid to be honest about the ups and downs, from disappearing libidos to online shopping addictions. It’s like an audio hug for the soul.
After Work Drinks
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.
The Zest Is History
Who doesn’t love a good tale from history? Even better when it’s being discussed by two hilarious Australian women – Melissa Mason and Josie Rozenberg-Clarke, who tell each other Aussie historical tales with around 75% research (and plenty of wine).
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.
Jeans And A Nice Top
Dating is tough, but it’s also a wild ride that can be pretty enjoyable if you don’t get too caught up in the heartbreak. Hosts Melissa Mason and Ashleigh Austen have had their share of f*ckboys and drama, and this podcast covers off everything you need to know about modern dating, mixed with their own stories and plenty of laughs.
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.
The Anti-Slavery Collective
Princess Eugenie announced that she and her fellow Anti-Slavery Collective co-founder, Julia de Boinville, were working on a podcast. The news came sandwiched in a longer IGTV video, posted on the Collective’s Instagram feed, about the organisation’s mission.
“This is a whole, much bigger, larger issue that’s a hidden crime,” Eugenie said, explaining the forms that slavery takes in today’s world. “It’s forced labor, forced marriage, domestic servitude. It’s people not being paid correctly. The Anti-Slavery Collective’s mission is to bring people together, because together we’re so much more powerful, and we can affect serious change. And if we can do that, and get people working on the same thing, sharing information, sharing what their best practices are, then we can make a real difference.”
The new podcast will contribute to those efforts. “We’re developing a podcast with Freedom United, and we have a speaker series called Tech Tackles Trafficking,” Eugenie explained.
Filled with product recommendations, ethical beauty conversations and laughs galore, Fat Mascara is just like chatting with your closest girl friends.
Things You Can’t Ask Yer Mum
Hosted by Instagram influencers Lizzy Hadfield and Lindsey Holland, the pair chat through some of the controversial topics that you just can’t ask your own mother, embarrassing or not. Best friends as well as hosts, their tears and laughter makes you feel at ease, as they answer questions from their followers and chat through our experiences of relationships, breakups, grief and friendships.
Writers and hosts Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer dive into the self-care practices that you usualy reserve for your friendship group chat. Forever35 favours everything from skincare—with an affinity for serums—to finding a great therapist and navigating the challenges that life holds.
With guests like beauty expert Caroline Hirons, their insightful conversations have garnered them a bountiful following, that can be seen through their successful Facebook group.
The Guilty Feminist
Hosted by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers, one from the right wing and the other from the left, have polite and informative discussions with each other, minus the shouting and insults.
My Favourite Murder
At Home With Lily and Anna
At Home With is part ‘through the keyhole’ and part having a chat on the couch with your closest friends. Hosted by online content creators Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton, the pair interview a wide range of guests in the comfort of their own home; from makeup artist Lisa Eldridge to Glamour editor Jo Elvin.
At Home With is all about cool women talking to other cool women, what could be better?
Sooo Many White Guys
Considering that comedian and Broad City creator Ilana Glazer is not only her friend, but also an executive producer of the show, laughs are sure to be had.
Where Should We Begin? With Esther Perel
Power Talks With Kemi Nekvapil
Kemi Nekvapil is a leading executive, personal coach, and author of the book POWER. In this limited series podcast, Kemi uses her skills as a coach and facilitator to engage in meaningful, honest conversations with her guests, including Megan Gale, Miranda Tapsell, Maria Thattil, Abbie Chatfield and Yumi Stynes. In the process of the conversation, Kemi hopes to assist each woman find their power.