You’ve probably heard the slogan before: empowered women empower women. And give them a mic and a platform, and out comes some of the greatest podcasts for women, filled with quirky quips, sage wisdom, and relatable a-ha! moments.
Granted, if you’re unfamiliar with the podcast scene, finding one can seem a little daunting. And even if you are familiar, looking for some new ones to add to your playlist can seem tiresome.
So to make life a bit easier for you (and because any excuse to celebrate female power is always welcomed), here’s where you can start:
A woman’s voice holds great power. And as you pop in your earphones and tune in, listen to it roar.
10 Great Podcasts for Women by Women
Podcasts for women are more than just a source of empowerment quotes. These incredibly tenacious hosts rock the mic to cover topics of life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.
While the subjects are disparate, they all have one thing in common: these podcasts can inspire you to be the strong woman we all know you to be. (Fun fact: they’ve all been featured as guests on The Mindvalley Podcast.)
So, clear your schedule. You have some downloading to do.
1. Honest Conversations | Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani
Add “bringing the best stories out of people” to co-founder of Mindvalley, Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani’s list of talents because that’s what Honest Conversations is all about. Admittedly, this isn’t a podcast per se. However, it’s set up like one.
Being seen as a self-love expert, Kristina, who’s also the trainer of Mindvalley’s Live by Your Own Rules Quest, and her guests get into honest conversations on the topic. This includes how to step into your greatness and show up as your most authentic self.
You can watch episodes of Honest Conversations on YouTube. Or if you’re a Mindvalley Member, you can sit in the interview as part of the live audience.
2. Unconditionally Worthy Podcast | Dr. Adia Gooden
The basis of Dr. Adia Gooden’s podcast is in its name — feeling worthy. The licensed clinical psychologist decided to mic up to help guide listeners, like you, to connect with the source of your self-worth.
She covers topics like imposter syndrome, learning to forgive yourself, living courageously, recognizing your unconditional self-worth, and so much more. If you’re looking for self-improvement podcasts to tune into, this would be a great one.
3. Cleaning Up the Mental Mess | Dr. Caroline Leaf
What exactly is the “mental mess”? That’s the very topic of discussion on Dr. Caroline Leaf’s podcast.
The cognitive neuroscientist tackles the issues of the mind when it’s aggravated by the current climate — things like the pandemic, wars, poverty, mass shootings, cancel culture, toxic social influences, and so on. She provides you with practical and scientific tips to help with taking back control of toxic thoughts, depression, and anxiety, or as she puts it: cleaning your mental mess.
There is a disclaimer on her podcast that should be noted: it’s meant to be for educational purposes only, not for medical advice. If you’re struggling with your mental health, it’s always advisable to seek professional medical help.
4. Dear Gabby | Gabby Bernstein
If you’re looking for a life coach via podcast, search for “Dear Gabby.” This #1 New York Times best-selling author is a straight shooter, offering real-time coaching if you’re looking to be the “happiest person you know” (as is the tagline for her podcast).
Don’t expect a structured interview when it comes to Gabby Bernstein. Her conversations with her guests are known to be free-flowing with the intention to educate, inspire, and support your journey toward inner peace.
Like an advice column, you can expect great revelations and deep insights into the soul. And it makes for one of the best podcasts for women out there.
5. The Marie Forleo Podcast | Marie Forleo
One of the most popular podcasts for women out there has got to be The Marie Forleo Podcast. Marie Forleo is, after all, named by Oprah herself as a thought leader for the next generation.
While she’s best known for her hit advice book, Everything is Figureoutable, her podcast is an extension of it. Marie and her guests discuss and share strategies you can use in your everyday life for greater happiness, motivation, creativity, love, health, and much, much more.
Her mission is to help people succeed in life and business. Because, contrary to popular belief, everything—as she points out—is figureoutable.
6. Pretty Intense Podcast | Danica Patrick
In a male-dominated world of professional motorsports, one name stands out above the rest: Danica Patrick. This powerhouse broke barriers and set historical records as a racecar driver (she was the first and only female winner in the 2008 Indy Japan 300).
A real-life woman of wonder. It’s that concept — each one of us has the power to create the life we really want — that is her inspiration for her podcast.
The thing is, Danica is all about learning together. It’s in the deep, tough conversations with her guests that topics about life, inspiring ideas, and the realization of one’s best self come up.
When it comes to motivational podcasts for women, Pretty Intense is one to check out.
7. Finding Brave | Kathy Caprino
When it comes to business, Kathy Caprino is an expert you can turn to. As a career and leadership coach, her mission is to help women “dig deep, discover their true work, and illuminate the world with it.”
Her podcast, Finding Brave, is one platform where she offers advice on how you can best honor your passions, talents, and values in life and work. So for tips and strategies to build a rewarding career, leverage your courage for success and happiness, or find inspiration on business ideas for women, tune in to Kathy on Finding Brave.
8. Women of Impact | Lisa Bilyeu
You may recognize the name “Bilyeu” from the host of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu. Yes, Lisa Bilyeu is Tom’s wife, but she’s also the co-founder of the billion-dollar company, Quest Nutrition, and president of Impact Theory—this woman can hold her own.
This podcast brings to the forefront the women who’ve been on some wild journeys of life and, well, made an impact—women like Mindvalley trainers Vanessa Van Edwards and Dr. Shefali Tsabary. Lisa’s conversations with her guests are meant to inspire you to be the hero of your own life.
9. Stories of the Soul | Najwa Zebian
Writing has a way of healing the soul. And that’s what helped activist Najwa Zebian heal hers when moving to Canada at the age of 16. It helped with her mindset shift and learning how to cultivate her inner power.
That’s the essence of her podcast, Stories of the Soul—a look into people beyond what they show on the surface. Her guests are the ordinary people you meet every day, but with extraordinary tales of life.
Najwa is known for her instapoetry on Instagram and her popularity during the #MeToo movement. However, Stories of the Soul is her contribution to helping people like you believe in the power of your beautiful story and heal your soul.
10. Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown | Mayim Bialik
If you’re seeking advice from a neuroscientist, you can turn to Mayim Bialik. Her podcast, Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown breaks down the myths and misconceptions about mental health and emotional well-being.
With her academic background and insights from her own personal experiences, Mayim and her guests dive into deep conversations on the stigma surrounding mental health. What’s more, they provide practical advice on how you can better understand and use your mind-body connection.
Her episodes are sprinkled with amusing anecdotes and quick-witted quips. Given she was on the comedy show, The Big Bang Theory, it’s bound to be one of the truly funny podcasts for women out there.
3 Tips to Zone In on the Best Podcasts for You
Podcasts are a popular option when it comes to entertainment, given that over 82 million people in the U.S. listened to podcasts in 2021. And the numbers are estimated to rise even further by 2024.
With the audience increasing, surely the number of podcasts (including those hosted by women) is bound to increase as well. How do you sift through the overwhelming pile and find the ones that can bolster your personal growth? Here are three tips that can help:
- Find the area(s) you’re interested in. Take a simple quiz at Mindvalley to hone in on which areas of growth you want to focus on.
- Choose the podcast(s) that are based on your areas of growth. For example, if you’re interested in mental health, you can tune into Cleaning Up the Mental Mess with Dr. Caroline Leaf. Or if you want to find inspiration in everyday people, you can listen to Stories of the Soul with Najwa Zebian. It takes some trial and error, but there’s a podcast out there for everyone.
- Cultivate habits to bolster your personal growth. Listening in can have positive effects on your brain, but change doesn’t happen until you decide to do so. If you need guidance and want to learn from experts in your area of growth, you can find resources at Mindvalley.
Podcasts can do a great job of kickstarting your personal growth adventure. From there, you can start incorporating healthy habits into your daily routine. And that can help you to show up in the world with your unique greatness.
Awaken the Greatness in You
So, here’s to you—the fabulous female presence that you are. May you recognize your authenticity, capabilities, value, and worth so that you can live your days showing up for yourself and for the world.
And if you ever need sage wisdom or support on your journey, head over to Mindvalley. There are incredible female quest trainers—like Linda Clemons, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Bibi Brzozka, and Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani, amongst others—you can learn from. Plus, they’re great to seek guidance from and be inspired by.
When you sign up for a free Mindvalley account, you’ll have access to the first few lessons of their quests. Additionally, you’ll be a part of a community of like-minded women who can help guide you to find your power.
As Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani says, “Only when you know what you are, you are capable of moving towards what you want to become.” And it starts by pressing play.