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11 Great Podcasts For Women, By Women

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Some of the most innovative podcasts being created today are hosted by women. Here are a few you're going to want to add to your library.

Stuff You Missed in History Class

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"Though it's not exclusively about women, hosts Holly and Tracy feature tons of amazing and frequently unsung womenthink: the female nurses and caretakers at the battle of Gettysburg, mathematician Emmy Noether, and Marie-Antoinette's stylist Rose Bertinas well as events that shaped the lives of women and shook the political world (Queen Victoria's Lady Hastings scandal, the London Match Girl Strike, and Catherine de Medici's machinations to hold the throne of France) on this engaging history podcast." —Lauren Hubbard

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Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations

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"Oprah's no longer just the Queen of TV; she also reigns supreme in the podcast world. Her SuperSoul Conversations series features interviews with authors, doctors, faith leaders, and artists about life's biggest questions, and promises to help listeners examine their own lives in hopes of improving them."—Caroline Hallemann

Second Life

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"Who What Wear founder Hillary Kerr interviews notable women who have pivoted professionally later in their careers on Second Life. The inspiring and candid conversations provide the incredible backstories behind some of today’s most powerful founders and executives, including Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder and CEO of Olive & June, TV personality and cookbook author Carla Hall, and Jen Atkin, the celebrity hairstylist and founder of haircare line Ouai."—Maggie Maloney

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A Few Things

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"Every week, Claire and Erica, the founders of Of a Kind, chat about their favorite recent discoveries from the products that make modern motherhood just a little easier to the perfect airplane snack to Instagram-worthy earrings that are perfect for any occasion. Their on-point recommendations are complemented by interviews with the entrepreneurs (often fellow female duos) you’re about to hear about everywhere. —Caroline Hallemann

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Call Your Girlfriend

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"Hosts and best friends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman chat long-distance every week about of-the-moments issues like voter suppression, the #MeToo movement, and the current political climate, while also catching up on the latest in pop culture and the literary world." —Caroline Hallemann

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Still Buffering

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"In the McElroy family universe of podcasts, Still Buffering stands alone as the only show fronted exclusively by women. Listen as sisters Sydnee McElroy, Teylor Smirl, and Rileigh Smirl, take on the question of what it's like to be a teen, with episode topics ranging from angsty poetry, to the internet, to life in college. While it would certainly be informative for young people today, a heavy dose of nostalgia makes it interesting listening for women of all ages." —Caroline Hallemann

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Living Fully

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"Looking for motivation through your headphones? Go ahead and download Living Fully. The new podcast from Mallory Ervin focuses on how to seek out satisfaction in the modern world, and smashes through any preconceived notions you may have about a former beauty pageant contestant doling out life advice."—Caroline Hallemann

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Terrible, Thanks for Asking

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"Nora McInerny, a self-proclaimed "hot young widow" hosts this podcast, which honestly answers the omnipresent question "how are you?" with frank and refreshing discussions of grief, pain, emotion, and the awkward, uncomfortable issues so often brushed aside. Sometimes it's hard to listen to, but that's exactly what makes it worth your time." —Caroline Hallemann

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The High Low

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"Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes mix high-brow and low-brow culture seamlessly as they discuss the week’s news on their aptly named podcast The High Low. It’s not uncommon for an update on something like Love Island to feature just minutes before an in-depth political discussion on a divisive topic. As an American listener, it’s particularly interesting to hear a British perspective on current events."—Caroline Hallemann

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Stuff Mom Never Told You

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"Delving into quandaries both historical and modern, hosts Anney and Samantha dig into the issues that affect women today, including mental health, sexuality, and body politics, and examine them from every angle to better understand what it means to be female in our world. Expect deep dives into everything from why choosing steak over salad has gendered connotations to the complicated social history of tanning to the causes and effects of the Roe v. Wade decision."—Lauren Hubbard

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Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn

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"This is not your typical financial advice podcast. Gaby Dunn goes deep on the structures that impact personal wealth, specifically examining the intersection of money and social justice." —Caroline Hallemann

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