Words by Emma Tiernan
March 8th, 2019
In honour of International Women’s Day, we’re taking a look through some of our favourite podcasts that are created by women for women. Podcasts as a medium have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years and now you can find a series dedicated to absolutely anything be it cooking, desert island must-haves to murder mystery stories. Prepare to be inspired and learn something new from listening to these incredible women talk about everything from failures and successes to exploring your sexuality and looking after your well-being.
Elizabeth Day started off in her career as a journalist and over the years added author and broadcaster to her resume. Her podcast, How to Fail, started in 2018 and has just finished its third season. The premise of the podcast is celebrating when things don’t go right. How to Fail features guests who, from the outside, are crushing it at life but instead of talking about their successes, they take a refreshing turn and talk about the failures they’ve experienced. In a world where we’re all struggling to appear successful and get our lives ‘together’, this podcast is a breath of fresh air, showing us that it’s OK to fail sometimes. With guests like Pandora Skyes, Lily Allen, and Otegha Uwagba, we can guarantee you’ll binge this series.
Second Life is hosted by Hillary Kerr, co-founder of Clique Media, which is the umbrella company for fashion, beauty, and home interiors sites Who What Wear, Byrdie, and My Domaine. Kerr talks to guests about their career changes and how they embarked on their ‘second life’, like Raissa Gerona, who started off selling door to door before setting up her own fashion brand, Brigid Catiis. In this episode, Gerona discusses the trials and tribulations that led her to become the brains behind fashion e-commerce site Revolve’s innovative influencer strategy. On the whole, this podcast is filled with inspiring stories from women who made the leap and switched careers or started their own businesses and made a better life for themselves.
The High Low is hosted by writers Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton. Delving between the trivial and the political, Alderton and Sykes discuss what’s going on both in the news and world of pop culture on a weekly basis. No topic is left unturned from the hard-hitting, sometimes serious subjects such as Brexit (if you still consider it serious at this stage!) and highly-publicised sexual assault cases to the more light-hearted such as Prince George memes, the Oscars, and a dash of pop culture’s favourite family, the Kardashians. These ladies give their spin on what is going on in the world with brilliant insight and plenty of banter.
Estée Lalonde is a Canadian content creator living in London with over 1 million subscribers to her YouTube channel. She is also a published author and host of her own podcast On the Line. On the Line focuses on the shared experiences of women, featuring guests who are often experts on an array of different topics such as Reiki healing, contraception, embracing your sexuality, and dermatology. Described as a ‘modern agony aunt’, Estée brings her community into the fold as they call in with questions based on the topic of the episode where Estée, with the help of her guest, can then answer the caller’s question(s). The idea behind the podcast is a safe space that encourages women to open up and talk about anything — which is something we should all get behind.
Kimberly Snyder is a nutritionist and The New York Times best-selling author along with being the host of successful podcast Feel Good. Snyder is all about promoting a healthy lifestyle and making sure that you feel good and the aim of her podcast is to help the listener to be their most healthy, confident, beautiful and happy self. Snyder gives out tips, insights and practical tools to help you develop a healthy lifestyle that promotes wholeness and healing. Podcast topics range from gut health to detoxes and yoga with the help of health care professionals and leading experts.
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