For the past year, I have listened to nothing but podcasts. For real, I hardly ever use my Spotify account anymore (so much for that student discount!), I’m so busy listening to podcasts. When not listening to podcasts, I’m trying to convince my friends and family to start listening to podcasts. I’ve already converted several people, and today I’m hoping to convince you to spend your time commuting, working out, folding laundry, showering, or whatever listening to podcasts. Here are my top 10 podcasts for young women!
My Favorite Murder
My number one favorite podcast of all time is My Favorite Murder by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. These ladies are like the murder-loving best friends I’ve never had but always needed in my life. They spend the first 20-30 minutes of the podcast discussing important issues of today like Taco Tuesday and dresses with pockets. Then, they each share an interesting in-depth murder story in a way that isn’t completely depressing. It might sound crazy, but this podcast is literally so engrossing. Stay sexy and don’t get murdered!
The Bitch Bible
Sometimes I just want to talk crap about reality TV. Jackie Shimmel of The Bitch Bible has my back with funny anecdotes from her day to day life and hilarious interviews with reality stars. Her episode explaining her bachelorette party still has me cracking up months later, so I definitely recommend her even if you don’t always understand her many TV references.
Stuff Mom Never Told You
Sometimes you just need to get right to the point about the nitty gritty, right? This podcast is the fresh perspective you need on all things you never learned growing up. Stuff Mom Never Told You discusses topics like how awkward it is to make friends as an adult and modern women issues. Check out some of their classic episodes here!
The creators of Betches.com deliver their weekly feminist perspective and discussion in their podcast Betch Slapped. Their humorous commentary on current events and “Dear Betches” section always has me looking forward to my commute each day. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I even sit in my car in the parking lot because I don’t want to stop listening.
Sometimes I want to listen to something a little more emotional rather than funny. Dear Sugar, an NPR production, is hosted by novelists Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, and each episode they tackle a complex issue such as Betrayal, Heartbreak, or Young Love. They read letters from listeners and respond with advice and professional perspectives. I’m always soothed by their voices and words. Dear Sugar is like a free therapy session every week!
Shane and Friends
Youtuber Shane Dawson and his co-host Jessie Buttafuoco pair up weekly to deliver hilarious commentary and interviews with interesting people in the Shane and Friends podcast. The podcast can even be streamed with video from Fullscreen, but I prefer to just listen to it while doing chores. These episodes are always laugh fests, though they can be rather raunchy or vulgar if you are not accustomed to the Youtuber’s humor.
The Skinny Confidential Podcast
Lauryn Evarts and Michael Bosstick deliver “major realness” each week in the His and Her Podcast on The Skinny Confidential. Lifestyle blogger Lauryn Evarts shares her tips for success in this entertaining podcasts. I obsessively follow Lauryn on snapchat, and always look forward to learning more about her business and beauty secrets!
Millennial podcast by Megan Tan realistically captures what it’s like to navigate your late teens and 20s. This show is like hot chocolate for your ears and basically just helps you feel less lonely if you’re struggling with being a millennial in this crazy day and age. Millennial is a must listen if you’re a recent or soon-to-be college graduate!
Paychecks and Balances
Rich and Marcus help you get your personal finances together in this down-to-earth podcast. While the idea of listening to money saving tips might have you yawning, this podcast is actually really interesting and super important. As someone who has only recently gotten control of her credit card debt, and still hasn’t even started looking at her student loan debt, this podcast is a lifesaver.
Side Hustle School
This podcast by Chris Guillebeau shares a different story about someone who successfully launched their own side hustle. From learning about how someone made over $60,000 selling pendants on Instagram to sharing blogging tips, The Side Hustle School will inspire you to start your own side hustle. Each episode is less than 20 minutes, allowing for short listens between longer podcasts.
Call Your Girlfriend
Finally, Call Your Girlfriend, hosted by your new best friends Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, allows you to feel like your having coffee with two close friends. The hosts talk about pop culture, trends, and feminist perspectives in an entertaining (and addicting!) way. This podcast will make you want to pick up your own phone and call your own long-distance friend to catch up on the latest gossip!
Podcasts for Young Women
Having moved to a new city, I have to start all over making friends and settling down! Podcasts are a great way to feel connected and to beat loneliness. I highly recommend all of the podcasts for young women on this list, as they all have something to offer beyond entertainment! If you’re new to podcasts, these are a great introduction. What are your favorite podcasts?