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Almost anyone with a computer and an internet connection can create their own podcast. As a result, the podcast industry now contains thousands of shows to listen to for free (well, mostly).

As podcasts have become more popular, it’s become harder to sift through the noise and find shows worth listening to. So, while having lots of choices is great, it can be nice to have some guidance in picking new podcasts so you don’t waste your time. This is why, I’ve compiled list of podcasts hosted by women that are exactly what you need. These podcasts range in topics from comedy to inspiration to career advancement. So regardless of your taste, you’re sure to find something that’s right up your alley.

Goal Digger

Jenna Kutcher gives you a series of pep talks that will motivate you to work towards your passion. Jenna, not only connects to her listeners in an intimate way, making you feel as if you’re a part of her family. But, she manages to do so while talking about business and marketing.

Clever Girl Finance

Run by Bola Onada Sokunbi, this podcast is all about advancing your career and focusing on your finances. Bola, is a Certified Financial Education Instructor and her podcast focuses on how to properly invest, save and manage your money. Even if you feel like you have a good grasp of your finances (I definitely don’t), I can almost guarantee you’ll walk away with some money knowledge you didn’t have before.

Almost 30 Podcast

Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik’s podcast was originally a guide on how to deal with life when you’re almost 30s (big surprise). Their podcast now revolves around spirituality, personal development, and other lifestyle topics, such as health concerns. Listening to their podcast is encouraging and a great step towards personal development.

Black Girl in Om

A podcast made by and for girls of color, Lauren Ash and Deun Ivory talk about health and wellness.   They also have a great selection of guests so you’ll never get bored.

Switch, Pivot or Quit

Listening to Ahyiana Angel is a must if you’re looking for some encouragement, especially when it’s related to your job and career. Her podcast series contains advice to teach you how to deal with issues at work, career advancement and more.

Skimm’d From The Couch

The podcast’s co-founders and co-CEOs Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg talk about career paths.  From career advice to lessons based on their personal experiences, these two women have yet to disappoint.  Their pilot episode even featured Bumble founder and CEO! I’m looking forward to hearing more real and candid talks with influential women in the future.

2 Dope Queens

On a lighter note, comedians Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams host 2 Dope Queens, a podcast that will surely entertain you. Their podcast offer variety of topics, all of which they manage to make hilarious.  Listening to these two will surely make your day brighter and you might even laugh your worries away. Phoebe and Jessica also address serious matters on occasion, which only makes them more relatable.

Radio Cherry Bombe

If you love food as much as I do, Kerry Diamond’s Radio Cherry Bombe is a must on your list. Every episode contains interviews of women who have made a name for themselves in the food industry.   Their guests include foodies such as, Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman and Merrill Stubbs.

On Being With Krista Tippett

This podcast features conversations with people in different career field. Professionals from the science industry to the literature field, join Krista to in meaningful conversations on being human.

Criminal

Hosted by Phoebe Judge, this podcast focuses on real life crimes and the people who witnessed them. The podcast is perfect for people who have a thirst for crime thrillers and mystery. Each episode reveals different stories and Phoebe actually interviews people that were involved in the crimes. Criminal is not for the light of heart, but it’s a winner on my list.

My Favorite Murder

Speaking of crime stories, here’s another podcast in the same category. My Favorite Murder is hosted by Karen Kilgraff and Georgia Hardstark, who share interesting stories about murder. Listening to this podcast is sort of like listening to your friends chatting about a murder story. However, their light and funny personalities make the show watchable and entertaining without being too creepy. For instance, their signature “Stay sexy, don’t get murdered.” is both a funny reminder and gentle ode to their show.

Fat Mascara

Podcast hosts Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein talk about all things beauty. They feature interviews with the big names and influencers in the beauty industry along with CEOs and founders of cosmetic companies, and a whole lot of others.

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