Best Podcasts for Working Women
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Like many of you, I have been listening to a lot more podcasts lately, with the pandemic and working from home.

Best Podcasts for Working Women

Like many of you, I have been listening to a lot more podcasts lately, with the pandemic and working from home.

I posted my favorite podcasts over a year ago, so I thought it was time to refresh the list. Some of my favorites are the same, but I’ve also found some new ones! 

Here are my current top 8:

We Can Do Hard Things: is a podcast hosted by Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, and Amanda Doyle. Glennon Doyle is the author of Untamed (a life-changing book if you haven’t read it!). This podcast is truly good for the soul. The women talk about all the hard things in life, especially the things that are hard to talk about. The conversations feel very intimate and interactive, since the guests often answer listener questions. Run, don’t walk to join the We Can Do Hard Things ‘pod squad.’ 

Dare to Lead: I know, I am very late to the Brené Brown party. Brené Brown is a researcher and an author. She has spent her career researching difficult emotional topics like vulnerability, empathy, and shame. Her latest book, Atlas of the Heart, walks readers through 87 distinct emotions and is a must-read. Dare to Lead is Brené Brown’s more business-focused podcast. She brings on brilliant guests to talk about important topics affecting workers today, like burnout and toxic corporate culture. 

Yes, Brené Brown has two podcasts and yes, they both made this list!

Unlocking Us: Yes, Brené Brown has two podcasts and yes, they both made this list! Unlocking Us is less business focused than Dare to Lead. It’s focused on connection, courage, and vulnerability. Since I’m not in a creative industry per se, I like this podcast because it opens me up to new artists and thinkers. Brené Brown recently announced she’s taking a (very well deserved) sabbatical, but there’s plenty of old episodes to hold you over until she comes back in the fall!

We Are Supported By: is a 10-episode mini series and part of Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert. The mini series is hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman. They talk to the most amazing and accomplished women out there, such as Oprah, Sheryl Sandberg, Reese Witherspoon, and even Kim Kardashian. I was so inspired listening to these womens’ stories, and I’m sure you will be, too. 

The Two Percent: is a podcast hosted by Anu Duggal, Founding Partner of Female Founders Fund. The name comes from women historically receiving less than 2% of venture capital, something we know very well at Glass Half Funded. Anu Duggal hosts women entrepreneurs and they share their experiences and learnings. It’s an awesome way to learn about more women-founded startups.  

The Dropout: was on my list of favorites last year, and now there’s a new season for you all to enjoy! The Dropout is a podcast hosted by Rebecca Jarvis. She tells the story of Elizabeth Holmes and the Theranos scandal. The Theranos scandal has been widely publicized, between books, podcasts, and documentaries, but I like Rebecca’s investigative reporting style. The story itself is so dramatic, it’s hard to believe it’s even real. If you share my love for business scandals, you’ll love this. I hardly ever “binge” podcasts, but I’ll admit I binged this one. Rebecca also has her own podcast show called No Limits, which is also worth a listen. The Elizabeth Holmes scandal has been getting a lot of attention lately since the case finally went to trial. Hulu also recently released a mini series on the story starring Amanda Seyfried called The Dropout, named after Rebecca Jarvis’ podcast series of the same name. 

9 to 5ish with theSkimm: When I last wrote about this podcast, it was called Skimm’d from the Couch. It has a new name, but I still love it. 9 to 5ish with theSkimm is hosted by Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, co-founders of theSkimm. I found this podcast several years ago because I read theSkimm every morning and when I realized they also hosted a podcast, I gave it a listen and never looked back. I like their dynamic of having two hosts; it gives the listener more insight into their co-founder relationship. I also like the range of guests they host, from women in business to actors and creatives. I’m constantly surprised by how relatable each episode is, regardless of whether the guest is in my field or not. I love that Danielle and Carly don’t hold back the tough questions. And they aren’t afraid to ask very specific questions of their guests, which is really helpful as a listener because it often leads to actionable advice.  

When I last wrote about this podcast, it was called Skimm’d from the Couch

Girlboss Radio: When I last wrote about Girlboss Radio, it was hosted by Sophia Amoruso, founder of Girlboss. I didn’t follow the Nasty Gal saga when it was happening, but I love seeing how far Sophia has come since Nasty Gal’s bankruptcy. She embodies how to pick yourself up again after failure. Sophia recently launched an online entrepreneurship class called Business ClassGirlboss Radio is now hosted by Puno. Puno is a lifestyle business owner and had been involved with Girlboss for a while before taking over the podcast. You can read more about her here. Even though there’s a new host, I still think the podcast is great! There haven’t been new episodes in a few months, but the older episodes are worth a listen.

One thing I love about all of these podcasts is how they expose me to new things: like awesome women I haven’t heard of, books to read, game-changing businesses to support, and even more podcasts to listen to. Even though the shows host some of the same guests, I never feel like I’m listening to the same story because each host brings something new to the table. I know your time is valuable and it sometimes takes a little convincing to get people to broaden their podcast rotation (or maybe that’s just me!), but I hope this list encourages you to listen to something new. And if you have a must-listen for me that I’m missing, I’d love to hear about it!