10 Female-Hosted Podcasts to Listen to

Last updated on: 
April 7, 2022

In the spirit of celebrating women for International Women's Day, discover our list of 10 of our favorite female-hosted podcasts.

In the spirit of celebrating women today, the Quill team put together a list of some of our favourite female-hosted podcasts to tune in to today (and everyday). This is by no means a complete list of all the incredible podcasts out there that are created and hosted by women, just a small number of a few of our favorites:

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1. We Can Do Hard Things 

The first podcast on our list is by famous author, Glennon Doyle. In this podcast, Glennon shares stories, wisdom, and experiences around how we all can truly do hard things and accomplish more than we think we can. 

Glennon sometimes brings on guests to her show or she just sits down with a microphone and talks to listeners. She also does an incredible job at connecting to listeners and empowering all of us to tackle what life throws at us. 

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2. Unladylike 

Hosted by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, Unladlylike is exploring what happens when women break the rules. Each podcast episode is on a hunt to answer a specific question that could be considered “rule breaking” by society. 

The podcast is heavily researched, providing listeners with facts and engaging stories. Pretty much any listener can find a question that they relate to, maybe were even too scared to ask. Cristen and Caroline make you feel comfortable and inspired with every conversation.  

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3. Unlocking Us with Brene Brown 

Hosted by the one and only Brene Brown, Unlocking Us is a refreshing authentic, raw, and vulnerable conversation between Brene and a guest. As Brene says, the conversations are meant to challenge her, teach her, confuse her, or even at points, frustrate her. But the goal of them all is to showcase the messiness that is being human. 

Brene also shares some of her latest research with listeners so you can always be up to date with what the famous author is working on. 

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4. @betches   

A roundtable discussion with the Betches founders, Aleen Dreksler, Jordana Abraham, and Sami Sage, @betches is breaking down all things in pop culture. 

Every week the group sits down to discuss the latest in celebrity news, the top TV and movies out at the moment, and of course, you’ll be laughing throughout the majority of the episode. If you’re in the mood for some hot takes, tune in to @betches to feel a part of their group chat. 

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5. Stuff Mom Never Told You 

As you can guess by the name, Stuff Mom Never Told You is covering topics and discussions around everything and anything that comes along with being a woman-identifying individual. Each episode is showered with research to better equip you with the knowledge on more difficult or confusing issues. 

Hosts Anney and Samantha have done a great job at cultivating a welcoming environment for all listeners who come across their show. 

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6. The Rachel Maddow Show 

Rachel Maddow is giving listeners a breakdown of what’s going on around the world in an engaging, illuminating, and dynamic way. The podcast does an amazing job at connecting the dots on complex issues to help the listeners better understand the state of the globe.  

A key focus of the podcast is around transparency where Rachel also calls for accountability by our world leaders. The podcast releases episodes every night Monday through Friday to give listeners the latest and most up-to-date news.


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7. Invisibilia

Launching in 2015, Invisibilia has become a popular podcast within the audio sphere. Hosted by Yowei Shaw and Kia Miakka Natisse (previously hosted by Alix Spiegel, Hanna Rosin and Lulu Miller), Invisibilia is exploring the invisible forces that shape human behaviour. 

The podcasts covers ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and emotions to tell stories about humans and uncover fascinating new psychological and brain science. The goal of the podcast is to change the way that listeners think, feel, and live their life, understanding all the possibilities that are out there.  


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8. My Favorite Murder 

A true crime podcast infused with some incredible comedy, My Favorite Murder is hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. The podcast has continued to break global download records and built a strong, dedicated, and tuned in community of listeners (which they call Murderinos). 

Each episode of the podcast features stories of true crime and murder shared by either Karen and Georgia or friends, family, and even fans. This keeps each episode refreshing, entertaining, and always hilarious. 

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9. Death, Sex & Money 

Hosted by Anna Sale, Death, Sex & Money is diving deep in conversations with celebrities you’ve definitely heard of as well as regular people that you most likely haven’t. Anna and her guests cover topics and discussions around things that need to be talked about more among humans. 

Everything from relationships, money, work, and making it all count, Death, Sex & Money covers the big stuff in an authentic, inspiring and connected way. 

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10. The Michelle Obama Podcast 

And last but definitely not least on our list, The Michelle Obama Podcast. A Spotify Original, The Michelle Obama Podcast launched in 2020 during a time where we all needed to feel connected due to the global pandemic. 

Each episode of the podcast features intimate discussions between the former First Lady and family, friends, and colleagues. The discussions all circle around the relationships we have in our lives that make us who we are today. 


Also check out our article on the top female owned podcast companies and the influential women in podcasting!

Alison Osborne

Director of Growth Marketing

A passionate storyteller, Ali is Quill’s Director of Growth Marketing, previously the co-founder and CMO of the branded podcast agency, Origins Media Haus (acquired by Quill). She excels in merging creativity with data in order to successfully build and grow a brand.

Platform
Price
Pro’s
Con's
Anchor

Free

  • Easy to use
  • Automatically distributes your podcast to major platforms.
  • Embed media player.
  • Great if podcasting is a
    side hobby
  • Very basic editing
  • Since it’s a free tool, you don’t have full control over the monetization of your podcast.
  • Not the right platform for people taking podcasting seriously
Buzzsprout

Free for 2 hours of content per month

$12 for 3 hours per month

$18+ for 6 hours and up

  • Very user-friendly
  • Caters to both long term and beginner podcasters
  • Advanced analytics
  • Easy distribution of your episodes
  • They measure their size requirements to hours not megabytes
  • Bonus: get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for any paid hosting plan!
  • Advanced features like dynamic ad insertion need some work
Libsyn

$5/month for Monthly Storage 50mb

  • Oldest podcast hosting site.
  • Easy distribution to major platforms and great for scaling once your podcast gets bigger.
  • Hosted over 35,000 podcasts.
  • An iTunes Podcast partner.
  • Allows you to publish your podcast to specific directories.
  • Embed media player.
  • Price is based on storage
  • 50mb storage for $5 won’t be enough if you are publishing weekly so you’ll end up with a higher price point
Podbean

Unlimited audio package: $9/month

Storage space:

Unlimited

  • Great support & customer service features
  • Unlimited audio.
  • Pages are easy to customize
  • Can schedule podcast release dates.
  • Easy to use.
  • Uploads and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions are automatic to Spotify.
  • Embed media player.
  • Simple Analytics
  • Analytics aren’t as advanced as other platforms
  • Upload and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions take a day to change on iTunes.
  • Not an iTunes podcast partner.
  • The process to send a podcast to iTunes is more tedious. But, you will still be able to get on the platform.
Blubrry

Classic

$5/month

Monthly Storage

50mb

  • Podcast Wordpress plugin and management.
  • If you want to record a new introduction or conclusion, add in a sponsored ad or upload a new version of a podcast, it doesn't count towards your storage usage per month.
  • Blubrry allows a 25% storage overage each month
  • Prices are based on storage.
  • Usability is okay.
SimpleCast

Starting: $15/month

Recommendation: $35/month

Monthly Storage: Unlimited

  • Hosts your audio files no matter what the size!
  • Dynamic insertion for podcast ads or edits.
  • Incredibly detailed analytics including number of episodes completed and listener location tracking.
  • Embed media player.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great distribution! Easy access to all major podcast platforms.
  • Customizable podcast
    website.
  • Prices are slightly higher than other platforms, but well worth it especially if you have a branded company podcast!