Five Female Empowering Podcasts That We Love

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

In our ever increasingly tech obsessed world, it’s important to be conscious of what we consume and how we are consuming it. 

By now we know that a lot of what we see on social media can be damaging to our mental health and self-worth, but not only this, it can also be highly unproductive for our minds and a way of zoning out. We often scroll through feeds with a lack of attention and consideration of what we are actually being exposed to (I certainly know I’m guilty of this), rather than gaining something valuable from the experience.

So by tuning in to social media we are effectively tuning out of consciousness, which is a pretty disturbing thought right?

However, the concept of online consumption doesn’t have to be this bleak. Podcasts are a platform that I believe truly stimulate the mind and whether you want to laugh or learn, there is something for everyone. Simply type your subject of interest into the search bar and voila, you have endless audible hours of entertainment at your fingertips.

Personally, some of my favourite podcasts to listen to are made by women, for women (although they are of course not exclusionary and all genders are welcome to listen). I believe that there’s no better cure for feeling unmotivated and in a rut than to pop in some headphones and hear from strong, intelligent and independent women who are equal parts relatable, inspiring and entertaining.
There are so many great podcasts out there with similar empowering messages (there’s not enough hours in the day to listen to them all), but these are some of my current favourites:

Girl Cult PodcastThe Girl Cult Podcast came into existence (and I’m so happy it did) after host Lexie Jiaras and Galore magazine held a festival promoting female empowerment and equality and wanted to continue the conversation. Alongside her equally as interesting and effortlessly cool guests, Lexie explores relevant topics for girls growing up and trying to navigate through life. Radiating girl power vibes, after just one episode you’ll feel inspired to take on the world and live your best life.

Almost 30The two lovely ladies behind Almost 30, Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik, created their platform to reflect on the transitional period of a woman’s life from her twenties to her thirties and share their personal journeys. Inviting expert guests from the world of health, wellness, entrepreneurship and more, this podcast has taught me so much about topics and practices that I previously knew little (or nothing) about from Reiki to Ayurveda, and if you don’t know what these things are than I suggest you listen too. Krista and Lindsey are relatable, funny and have great advice for those of us still finding our feet and wanting to discover more about ourselves and the world around us.

PLT: Behind Closed DoorsBrought to you by popular fashion retailer Pretty Little Thing, this podcast features interviews with girls who are at the top of their game in the realms of reality TV, modelling, fitness and more. Of course being a fashion brand, the conversations often turn to style and beauty, but they also don’t shy away from important issues facing women including cyber bullying and sexism. Pretty Little Thing created the platform to connect with their consumers in a different way and I give them top marks for this innovative thinking. Podcasts are a great way for brands to build a closer relationship with their audience and following the success of PLT: Behind Closed Doors, it will be interesting to see if other brands follow suit.

Superwomen with Rebecca MinkoffWant to discover the insider secrets of successful businesswomen? Look no further. Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff discusses the realities of the working world with women who excel as artists, editors and more. Her guests discuss their highs and lows (both professionally and personally) that brought them to where they are today, proving that women really can conquer and overcome anything they set their mind to. And if that isn’t an uplifting message to listen to on your morning commute to work then I don’t know what is!

The IV WaveThe Fourth Wave Podcast gets its title from the fourth wave of feminism (listen to the first episode to find out more). Hosts Mirtha Michelle and Jamie Baratta talk candidly about topics that affect women, from break ups to sexual health. Brought to you in a way that’s equal parts informative and entertaining, Mirtha and Jamie hope to inspire women to look after their wellbeing and be their most empowered selves.

What’s your favourite podcast?

By Emma Warner

I’m Emma, a Brit with a love of travel and doing things that are good for the mind, body and soul. I have lived in four different countries (and counting) and can’t stay still for long as I believe there is too much beauty to be discovered in this world of ours. Wellness and self-care are very important to me and I’m a person of inquisitive nature, striving to be forever learning and exploring.

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