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Activism, body positivity, current events, sexism, wellness, self-love, the patriarchy, mental health, and more.

Looking for something new to listen to as you commute (ahem, from the kitchen to the living room)? Need entertainment during your daily power-walk around the neighborhood? Or as you brush your teeth? We’ve got you covered with eight podcasts that cover, from a female perspective, everything from activism to body positivity, current events to sexism, wellness to self-love, the patriarchy to mental health — all topics that we’re incredibly passionate about here at the Revelle HQ. 

Find ’em all on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Attention all long-distance best friends! Call Your Girlfriend podcast is for you. Every week since 2014, co-hosts Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman have called each other to chat about all things pop culture and politics. They’re both fiercely opinionated and not afraid to talk about the hard stuff (think body shaming, real-life workplace drama, menstrual cycles…nothing’s off the table).

What does it mean to identify as a female? How does it impact everyday life? Those are the key questions host Anney Reese discusses in her wildly popular podcast, Stuff Mom Never Told You. Released every Wednesday and Friday, the episodes highlight female firsts (shout-out to the recent episode on Ellen E. Armstrong, the first African-American woman magician to run an independent touring magic show) to policy and laws to keep an eye on. Every so often, there’s a Thursday “Happy Hour” episode where they talk about women having opinions. Amen to THAT. 

No, this isn’t like your high school history class. And no, there won’t be a test at the end. Hosted by Susan Vollenweider and Beckett Graham, the podcast introduces listeners to female characters throughout history, both real and fictional: their challenges, failures, successes, and ~juicy bits~. Here’s a (short) sample of the many, many women you can learn about by tuning in: Charlotte Brontë, Maya Angelou, Wonder Woman, Ella Fitzgerald, Mrs. Claus (really), and Pocahontas.

Hosted by comedian Deborah Frances-White, The Guilty Feminist is an award-winning podcast and (in non-pandemic times) live show from our friends across the pond in the UK. We love that it covers the big topics all 21st-century feminists are talking about, but with a dose of reality. You’ll hear guests dish on their insecurities and fears — which, let’s be real, we can ALL relate to. Past guests include Phoebe Waller-Bridge (creator, writer, and star of BBC series, Fleabag), Eddie Izzard (stand-up comedian, writer, and activist), and Ruby Wax (American-British actress and mental health campaigner).   

Although hosts (and besties) Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams aren’t recording any new episodes, we had to include 2 Dope Queens on the list. Robinson and Williams have a large backlog of episodes covering sex, romance, race, life in New York, and a whole lot more. If you haven’t listened to the Michelle Obama episode yet, get on that STAT. They talk to the former First Lady about her memoir, Becoming, her thoughts on the “Angry Black Female stereotype,” and how to raise bold women. 

Right when you get to the Unladylike website, you see…”Stay curious. Build empathy. Raise hell.” And that, my friends, pretty much sums it up. Hosted by podcasters Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, it focuses on the women “doin’ it for themselves in spite of all those unwritten but all-too-real bullsh*t expectations of how we should live our lives.” Past guests include comedian Michelle Buteau, yogi Jessamyn Stanley, and plus-size model Tess Holliday.

How To Be A Girl is produced by a mom (Marlo Mack…a pseudonym) and her pre-teen transgender daughter. Yes, Mack’s daughter wears dresses and uses female pronouns. But what does it really mean to be a girl in the context of our current cultural and societal expectations? That’s what the two discuss in this Webby Award-winning podcast, which was also a 2017 Peabody Finalist. Mack also runs a blog, gendermom, where she discusses various LGBTQ topics.

Girlboss is a radio show focusing on stories that redefine success as more than likes, dollar signs…or any single measurement at all. Host Puno interviews guests such as Dr. Soyini Hawkins, a gynecologist and women’s health advocate specializing in fibroids and endometriosis, and Vanessa Acosta, the woman behind the sustainable, ethical clothing brand, Wasi.

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