Do you remember when you used to listen to your local radio station on the weekend as a teen calling in in hopes of being caller number 7 to get tickets to a N'Sync concert? Maybe this is just my childhood but the radio used to be my life. I remember listening to radio content constantly during my commute all through college. I really didn't find podcasts or podcasts made for women until just a few years ago. Maybe I am late to the game but I've grown to really love listening podcasts for women.
When I listen to a podcast it almost feels like I am catching up with an old friend as the "good" podcast hosts know the balance between authenticity, openness and provide engaging content. I really didn't get engaged in podcasts until my husband sent me a link to the podcast How I Built This with amazing podcast host crush, Guy Raz. At the time we were living in a small town in Wisconsin, due to my first big girl job, and commuted back home frequently to Minnesota. The drive was over 4 hours and that is when we started really diving into podcasts. To kill time, we'd listen to podcasts after podcasts on various topics.
I then started researching podcast that was specifically for women. I was about 5 months pregnant, living in a small town in WI and wanted to know more about this crazy thing called "motherhood." The Birth Hour Podcast changed my life as for one, I didn't know there were podcast with this type of content and it proved the support and guidance I needed during this time in my life.
Fast forward 4 years and I am addicted to podcasts. I currently keep up with about 20 shows right now ranging in various topics. Although most of our commutes have been "suspended" we should still be supporting the podcast we love #supportsmallbusinesses. Podcasts for women are a great way to learn something new in a short amount of time in a great storytelling format. Don't get me wrong, I listen to podcasts with male hosts but there is something relatable about listening to a podcast designed for us women.
Since I am no longer in my car for hours at a time, I find myself listening to podcasts in the shower, when I work out, and even when I cook. It's kinda my self-care act for myself. I could list dozens of podcast designed for women but below is a list of some of my favorite podcast by women hosts.
1. Second Life – I love that there is a podcast for this topic - career change. You don't have to stick to the same career path you have right now if it isn't fulfilling. This podcast focuses on women who rebirthed or pivoted their career into something glorious on their "second" try. Host Hillary Kerry interviews amazing women who have successfully shifted their career into a new and purposeful direction. If you are currently in a job you don't like and want to try something new then stop over to listen to the amazing stories of women doing just this!
2. Secrets of Wealthy Women: I found this podcast when I started to get my financial life in order. Hosted by Veronica Dagher weekly, this podcast works to empower women financially by bringing in self-made millionaire, entrepreneurs, businesswomen and financial experts to share their financial stories. Providing tips and tricks on how they reached their form of success. Interviews ranged from BET Co-founder Sheila Johnson to NYX Founder Toni Ko both discussing their joining into entrepreneurship and financial success. Their content is very inspiring.
3. Ted Radio Hour: If love all things NPR & Ted then you will love Ted Radio Hour with new female host Manoush Zomorodi taking over for Guy Raz. Ted Rad Hour takes the long ted talks and cuts them into digestible episode focusing on a specific theme. This podcast has a vast array of topics bringing in 5 unique stories into one 50 minute episode. This is a podcast that makes you think.
4. The Money Girl: Have a financial question ranging from 401ks limits to life insurance for your kids? Well, you need to listen to Laura who is known for her "Quick and Dirty Money Tips". She is a financial podcast OG and breaks down all of your common finance questions into tangible digestible 20-minute episodes. Her style is easy to follow and makes money less daunting. A much watch especially during our current pandemic.
5. Jesus and Jollof: As a huge fan of Insecure, I had to check out this podcast by fierce women. Yvonne Orji (Insecure) and Luvvie Ajayi ("I'm Judging You") are hilarious in their podcast, Jesus and Jollof. These two take candid and unscripted humor to the next level and this is what I love about this show. They talk openly about almost everything in a humbled approachable way.
6. Invisibilia: Everything from NPR is amazing, biased opinion, and so are Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin, hosts of Invisibilia. Their podcast focuses on the unexplainable and invisible explanations of human behavior. I've grown to love all things behaviour economics after reading the book Think Fast Slow By Daniel Kahneman. This podcast answers the why we do what we do question. Subscribe now as it will definitely make you think.
7. Stuff Mom Never Told You: If you have random questions about the specific challenges women face such as their latest episode called "Being a Nurse During the Pandemic" then you need to check out this podcast. Every week Bridget Todd and Anney Reese research the unique challenges women face. Their content is diverse and relatable but has helped me understand how powerful women are despite faced with so much adversity. Listen in and get inspired.
8. Call Your Girlfriend: The concept of this podcast came from two best friends who lived far from each other and wanted to maintain their relationship. This speaks to me as I moved away from my hometown and struggle with trying to maintain long-distance friendships. Hosts and best friends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman chat from afar each week about current issues like politics, the #MeToo movement, and the pandemic providing a real-life example that distance does make the heart grow fonder. They also spend a bit of time diving into the latest pop culture news just like any girlfriend.
9. Women at Work: Harvard Business Review: This podcast is hosted by now by Amy Gallo and Amy Berstein who are both writers for the HBR. They invite women leaders and experts to have conversations about women in the workplace. This podcast is for the corporate woman looking for answers. Their topics get juicy and are relevant to any women in the workforce now.
So I know there are many other podcasts for women that I am sure I am missing. Honestly, the podcast game has gotten so fierce and I am loving how dynamic and engaging content for women have progressed over the last few years. The ability to have a community online dedicated to women is what Kasozi Associate stands for so hooray for women.
Support a female entrepreneur by subscribing to a new podcast and sharing with your girlfriends. It doesn't have to be anyone on this list, although you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't check these shows out, but get connected.
Okay, enough about my share your current favorite podcast by women for women.
About the Author:
Grace Kasozi is the Founder of Kasozi Associates a platform dedicated to connecting women professional to women life, business, and career coaches to help close the gap. Grace has over 10 years of experience building well-known brands. She holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota and is currently a Global Brand Manager at large midwest CPG. She spends her free time traveling the world with her husband and 2-year-old son.