10 Best Podcasts for Female Millennials

By: Carleen Sanchez / May 13, 2019

From 2017 to 2018, female podcast listening increased 27%, but with upwards of 660,000 shows available, how do we choose? I spent a few months listening to an insane amount of podcasts and have narrowed down to my top 10 favorite for Millennial women, including best episodes. Enjoy!


#1) Skimm’d from The Couch: Business

Ambitious and bold founders of the popular newsletter, theSkimm, sit with female powerhouses to discuss the obstacles they faced on their journeys to success.  Hosts Carly Zakin and Danielle Weinberg create an intimate atmosphere by asking personal and challenging questions such as “What’s the worst mistake you’ve ever made?” to Tory Burch LLC founder, Tory Burch and “Are you proud of yourself?” to Arianna Huffington founder of the Huffington Post.  

Furthermore, they dive headfirst into sensitive topics such as discussing the controversial change to ClassPass’s unlimited classes model business with executive chairman Payal Kadakia and unpacking Susan G Komen Foundations contentious fallout with Planned Parenthood with SGK founder Nancy Brinker.  

Each episode not only provides listeners with reassurance through learning that their own doubts, fears, and struggles are shared with some of today’s most successful female leaders, but also offers guidance on how to best rise above.

Recommended Episode(s):

  • Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie

  • Libby Leist: NBC’s Today Show

  • Sara Blakely: Founder and CEO of Spanx


#2) The History Chicks: History

Every two weeks, history lovers do a deep dive into the lives of iconic women.  Co-hosts Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider provide well researched, informative content in a unique, conversational format.

There is a vast diversity in their subject selection, as features include Queen Elizabeth, Julia Child, Abigail Adams, Cinderella Marie Curie, and Agatha Christie- however there is a common theme of women that have incredible legacies, but whose stories are often overlooked.

Recommended Episode:

  • Episode 101- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


#3) Stuff Mom Never Told You: Society

Fit for feminist, millennials podcast hosts Anney Reese and Bridget Todd unpack the issues women face today and throughout history through scholastic, yet personal dialogue.  They discuss thought provoking topics such as: whether certain feminist celebrities like Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift are problematic figures, educational content such as the history of why women change their names after marriage, and the impact of the disparity in female action figures.  

These podcasts provide valuable, relevant insight on how to best support yourself and other females by keeping you informed and empowered.

Recommended Episode(s):

  • “What is Benevolent Sexism?”

  • “Women and Pay Transparency”


#4) Wall Street Journal Secrets of Wealthy Women:  Finance

Host Veronica Daugher’s goal is to empower women with the financial knowledge and guidance to most effectively achieve their professional goals and build their dream lifestyle.  She interviews a variety of female economists on how to create and sustain the best relationship with money through recommendations on entrepreneurship, investments, and management.

Recommended Episode(s):  

  • Top Money Tips for 2019 From Five Financial Experts

  • Gotham Gal “Joanne Wilson: Angel Investing in Female Founders

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#5) Happier Podcast: Mental Health & Wellbeing

Author of News York Times Bestsellers -The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, Better than Before, and The Four Tendencies, Gretchen Rubin has become a master at exploring and discovering the best techniques, methods, and strategies to maximize personal happiness.

Her podcast, co-hosted with her sister, presents easy, actionable steps based on science, research, history, and her own experiences that listeners can take to live their most fulfilled, productive, creative, and centered lives.

Recommended Episode:

  • Podcast 179- Make Each Day of the Week Distinctive, Use the Internet to Solve Problems, and Why ’18 for 2018’ So Fun?


#6) Nerdette: Culture

Co-hosts Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen engage in intellectual discussion (“nerd out”) over the literature, art, science, politics, and cultural movements pervading today’s society, and are typically joined by a female expert in the topic.  Listeners build a foundation or gain a deeper understanding in anything from Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan on overcoming the challenges of writing the novel Manhattan Beach to professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Teresa Woodruff on the history and impact of prescription drugs being tested exclusively on males.  

A highlight is the Power Up Series, interviews focused on asking well known high-achievers how they stay energized and motivated in an exhausting world featuring trailblazers such as Astronaut Megan McArthur and Musician Neko Case.

Recommended Episode:

  • Power Up- Teen Vogue’s Vera Papisova: Culture


#7) Her Story of Success: Career

This podcast provides the inspiration, encouragement, and motivation to pursue your passions, build your dream career, and define your own version of success.  Co-hosts Leah Hayes and Ellen Hoffman interview women with extremely diverse backgrounds, paths, and vision to showcase how a variety of powerhouses overcame obstacles to discover and achieve their personal missions.  Episodes are centered on learning more about the guests career journey and gaining professional advice to empower women, similar to the mission of our interviews at Aspire to Her.

Recommended Episode:

  • Following Your Personal Passion to Make a Difference (Tallu Wuinn)


#8) NPR Politics Podcast- News & Politics

Every Thursday, NPR’s political reporters recount and converse over the noteworthy events from the past week.  With additional episodes for important events, listeners can easily and accurately remain in the know.

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#9) My Favorite Murder: Entertainment

Comedian hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark narrate, examine, and analyze some of the most interesting true crime stories.  Their candid dialogue complements their well-researched, dramatic accounts and together give listeners a great mix of horror, knowledge, entertainment and comedic relief.

Recommended Episode:

  • 18: Investigateighteen Discovery

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#10) Hello Sunshine Podcasts: Story Telling

Hello Sunshine was founded by Reese Witherspoon to transform the female narration by producing content and media that celebrates and focuses on women.  

Currently, three podcast series are produced: “My Best Break-Up”, “How it is”, and “And Especially You” which are all centered on retelling real stories from honest and open women.  In particular, the “And Especially You” series, hosted by actress, activist, and producer Sophia Bush, features stories shared from the “Hello Sunshine x Together Live Tour” that are extremely raw and inspiring from fearless females.

Recommended Episode:

  • from the “any especially you” series- Episode 1: Rewrite the Rules


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